Footprint
December 2017
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The ecological footprint

Mother nature is not able to compensate all our impact on the environment.

We exhaust resources, generate greenhouse gases and produce waste. Scientists have coined human kind's impact on its environment with the pictorial term " ecological footprint".
The footprint indicates how many hectares of productive land our planet must provide to supply resources for an individual person, a company or a whole country.

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Nature's never-ending cycle

By using more resources than nature can produce and creating more waste and greenhouse gases than nature can compensate for, we are destroying nature's balance. Climate change, increasing occurrences of natural catastrophes and "global warming" are the resulting consequences.

 

Global warming

While the weather refers to short-term and current conditions, global warming describes our climate over a longer period. Thus defining the rise of the mean temperature of the near earth atmosphere and the oceans in the last 150 years. Aside from natural climate change, there is also the man-made climate change which according to scientists has a greater impact on the climate.

 

Human influence on global warming

The emission of greenhouse gases, especially carbon dioxide, results in the earth atmosphere's increasing concentration of such gases. This leads to an increased retention of infrared heat radiation in the troposphere. If less warmth is radiated out into space and the atmosphere cannot cool down, the air will remain warm.

 

 

Globale Erwärmung

Consequences of climate change

Despite many people's vehement refusals, numerous studies confirm human kind's contribution towards climate change and its effects on our planet. Glacial melting, the sea-level rise, extreme weather, the thawing of permafrost soil and the increase of species extinction are just the tip of the iceberg.

 

Hochwasser durch Klimawandel
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Dürre als Auswirkung der Klimaerwärmung

What to do to increase climate-friendly behaviour and to take on responsibility for your environmental consequences?

There are many ways to contribute towards environmental protection.

You could, for example, walk to the nearest market on foot, buy coffee beans instead of capsules, go to work using public transport or by bike, or spend a relaxing holiday at an organic hotel.

The thought that "my little contribution" will make no difference is no excuse as there are numerous opportunities to preserve earth's resources.

environmental protection is everyones responsibility

Together, many small contributions towards environmental protection allow for the preservation of our invaluable planet and its resources.

Compensate where you cannot reduce

An environmentally conscious lifestyle can lead to a reduction of your ecological footprint. In certain cases, in which an environmentally conscious lifestyle cannot be integrated into your daily life, you can compensate for your ecological footprint. Simply make a financial contribution with which a piece of nature and its balance will be restored.

 

Aufforstungsprojekt Nicaragua Primaklima
Eine Stück intakte Natur entsteht
Aufforstung als Komensation des Fußabdrucks

Plant a sapling and let it grow – compensation through reforestation

The Greenfinity Foundation supports reforestation projects in Germany and Nicaragua.

Trees play a key role in the process whereby CO2 is converted into oxygen. The presence of too much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is causing climate change.

Furthermore, the reforestation creates new habitats for flora and fauna and restores biodiversity.

Reforestation projects help nature to regenerate, so to speak, and give her a sort of energy source, with which she is better able to withstand the environmental damage caused by humans.

 

Stressing on renewable Resources

The reforestation of underused areas can subsequently result in the extraction of wood, which can be used as an alternative for fossil fuels such as kerosene and fuel oil. The Greenfinity Foundation thereby promotes the use of renewable resources and minimises the emission of CO2.

In addition, forestry is considered an important business sector that allows for the creation of many new workplaces both nationally and abroad.

Make your contribution now!

By financially supporting the Greenfinity Foundation you are making a valuable contribution towards the reforestation of certain areas.

 

Calculate your ecological footprint and support our reforestation projects!

You donate - we plant a tree for you:
Bank Account Details: Greenfinity Foundation - Verein zum Schutz der Umwelt
Bank: Bank Austria
IBAN: AT73 1200 0100 2186 8236
SWIFT/BIC: BKAUATWW
Subject: Footprint