Reducing CARE’s environmental footprint
Human-related emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases are triggering climate change. Many non-governmental organizations (NGOs), especially those concerned with environmental conservation, have long recognized the need to take direct action. Citing concerns about safeguarding institutional legitimacy and credibility, as well as a desire to „do the right thing,“ many have sought to minimize their greenhouse gas emissions.
Participants of the October 2007 CARE & Carbon Workshop resolved to take immediate steps to minimize emissions and move towards and eventually achieve neutrality through multiple benefit offset projects. This report provides CARE with the information it needs to debate and develop appropriate internal emissions reductions strategies. As a non-profit organization, a leader in civil society, and an advocate for policy change, CARE faces a unique set of ethical and administrative challenges. Yet CARE’s stature also presents it with an exceptional opportunity to lead by example.