Learn About Carbon Pricing
RGGI Emissions Fell Again
In this article by the Acadia Center, policy analyst Jordan Stutt analyzes how the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) managed to dramatically cut greenhouse gas emissions from 2000-2016. Soli sources our carbon credits from RGGI. The Acadia Center is a nonprofit environmental group with a 4/4 rating from Charity Navigator, indicating the highest levels of organizational transparency and financial responsibility.
Everything You Need to Know About Carbon Pricing
This Soli blog post outlines the pros and cons of different carbon pricing systems and explains how these carbon reduction methods can lead to a healthier planet.
Investment of RGGI Proceeds Report
Released in October 2017, The Investment of RGGI Proceeds in 2015 report tracks the investment of the RGGI proceeds and the benefits of these investments throughout the region. Arising from the lifetime impact of RGGI investments made in 2015, the report estimates:
- 2.3 billion in lifetime energy bill savings
- 9 million MWh of electricity use avoided
- 28 million MMbtu of fossil fuel use avoided
- 5.3 million short tons of CO2 emissions avoided
The State of Climate Change
Interesting article, Burning Down the House by Alan Weisman, who reviews:
The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming by David Wallace-Wells
Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out? by Bill McKibben
CO2 Level Hits New Milestone
Soli’s carbon retirement program addresses an increasingly pressing environmental issue. This Huffington Post article outlines the latest increase in CO2 emissions and explains the danger that this increase poses to our planet. This Fox News article goes into additional detail about the highest CO2 rates in 800,000 years.
A Sharp Increase In “Sunny Day” Flooding
The New York Times illustrates the correlation between sea level rise and “sunny day” flooding patterns in various coastal American cities. Most scientists attribute the coastal changes to human-caused climate change. Various coastal metropolises are implementing coastal protection and adaptation plans to prepare for the future.
2017 Shatters Records With $306 Billion In Damages From Climate-Linked Disasters
This Huffington Post article details the nations costliest year on record with 16 major climate catastraophes causing a record breaking 306 billion dollars in damages.
Organizations We Like
The Climate Remediation Foundation
The Climate Remediation Foundation (CRF) is a non-politically aligned organization focused on addressing and educating the greater public on the harmful effects of climate change.
National Wildlife Federation
Established in the 1930s, the National Wildlife Federation is one of America’s oldest conservation organizations. U.S. Biological Survey head Ding Darling founded the organization at a gathering of hunters and outdoor enthusiasts in Washington, D.C. President Roosevelt endorsed the Federation, which was responsible for many local laws passed concerning conservation.
The Adirondack Council is a “citizen environmental group” responsible for maintaining the integrity of New York State’s six-million-acre Adirondack Park. Charity Navigator rated the Council 4/4. This means that the Council achieved the highest levels of transparency, including honest and consistent financial reporting, and financial accountability, or balancing upkeep needs with the financial needs of the cause itself.
Second Nature strives to help build a sustainable and positive global future through leadership networks in higher education.
Founded in the late 1800s by conservationist John Muir, The Sierra Club is America’s oldest conservation group. The organization wields considerable influence in the environmental arena and boasts nearly three million members.
This grassroots organization group aims to fight climate change from the bottom up. Their work involves organizing meet-ups, contributing to ongoing campaigns, and offering support for climate activists internationally. 350.org was founded in 2008 by author Bill McKibben and a group of college students.
The Climate Store
Want to make greener buying choices, but not sure where to start? The Climate Store could be the answer. This startup retailer aims to mitigate climate change by selling eco-friendly products for various aspects of everyday life, from clothing to lightbulbs. The company also has a community email list and additional information about living a lower-impact lifestyle.
What happens when natural resource companies take action against climate change? The Climate Collaborative is born. To join the Collaborative, a company from the natural resources industry pledges to achieve some environmentally friendly goals. The group then connects the party to other people who can help the company achieve those goals. Donors to the group include Annie’s and Patagonia.
Spending $25 in the Soli network removes the same amount of CO2 absorbed by a full grown tree in a year.
14 million members worldwide spending $750 a year shopping with Soli merchants would remove the equivalent carbon emissions of 2,000,000 cars per year. This would nearly offset the carbon emissions for a city the size of Boston or San Francisco annually.
College students on average are each responsible for over 8.5 tons of CO2 emissions a years.
(Berners-Lee, How Bad are Bananas)