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Carbon Credit Definition of Environmental Defense Fund on Focuses on Methane Capture

Posted Sep 24 2008 11:45am

Carbon Credit Definitions Must Be Comprehensive

So, what is your ecofootprint? In my September 10 post I gave you the means to determine your carbon (eco) footprint with your nationality taken into consideration. So, once you know your footprint, what should you do?

The simple answer is that you should reduce it but, naturally, there’s more to the matter than a simple exhortation. Besides, by reading this thread, we know that you utilize a computer which is connected to the Internet and consumes electricity. In other words, you do not live the simple life of 200 years ago. You have embraced the modern, industrialized world. Hence, unless you are ready to embrace an agrarian existence, you need a way of reducing your carbon footprint to the same level as if you lived on a farm and grew your own food.

That’s where the carbon credit definition comes into play. Last summer, I explained how carbon credits work for purposes of consumers. I went on to list my favorite carbon credit companies and the reasons for my favoritism. I stand by those reasons every bit as much today as back then. However, the Environmental Defense Fund, a charity which all of my readers know that I adore, has created its own list at


This wonderful section of the website of the Environmental Defense Fund does a fabulous job of explaining the charity’s carbon credit definition. As you will find from reading the list at the Environmental Defense Fund focuses in like a laser on methane capture. There is no denying that capturing methane is a vital priority in the quest to stop global warming. I will offer no criticism of such an approach. However, I will add one point.

Global warming by definition affects the whole planet. There are billions of other inhabitants besides people. We rely on those inhabitants for the functioning of our biosphere. In other words, those inhabitants help pollinate crops and prevent rainfall from eroding our topsoil. Ergo, truly comprehensive solutions to such challenges as methane capture must protect habitat for wildlife in order to fit my short list of preferred options.

This is why I have become enamored with Its projects include methane capture and reforestation as priorities. After reducing pollution at the source, these two steps are the most important. No wonder that the Environmental Defense Fund has added it to belongs on everyone’s list and if you do not currently purchase carbon credits, the best time to begin is right now.

Fomenting the Triple Bottom Line

Corbett Kroehler


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