Here is the total tons of CO2e our community of local state chapters removed from the atmosphere so far (annualized):
Social Cost of Carbon
According to researchers at Stanford University, each ton of CO2e we put into the atmosphere causes about $220 in damages. Carbon Neutral Indiana helps people take responsibility for their carbon footprints. If we create the mess, we can clean it up. That means our various state chapters, like Carbon Neutral Indiana, averted a lot of damage that would have otherwise occurred:
If the average car produces 5 tons of CO2 annually, then that means our network has accomplished the equivalent of taking these many cars off the road annually:
If the average mature tree sequesters 50 pounds of CO2 annually, then that means our network has accomplished the equivalent of planting these many trees annually:
In Indiana, one acre of forest has about 400 trees on it. So this many trees would be:
A football field is about 1.32 acres. So imagine this many football fields of pure forest:
When you think about the enormity of the climate crisis -- and the scale of what we need to do -- you might have an "oh crap" moment. The way you eat an elephant, though, is one bite at a time. For us, that means one household and business at a time. Slow and steady. Learn. Scale up to become more effective. Rinse and repeat.
Did you know that a domino can knock over another domino 1.5x its size?
That means that the SD card in your phone can, in 27 dominoes, knock over the Empire State Building. We'll get there.
And this is how we're already doing it: