Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

      First session, Geneva, Switzerland
      5 - 7 June 2007


GP Acting with common purpose
Acting with Common Purpose
Proceedings of the first session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction
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International Strategy for Disaster Reduction


The Global Platform strives to minimize its "carbon footprint"

Recognizing that all of us have the obligation to do our part to combat climate change, the conference organizers were launching an effort to minimize the “carbon footprint” of the first meeting of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction. Carbon dioxide emissions will be reduced through efficiency and conservation in the use of electricity, paper, supplies and travel. 


What is a “carbon footprint"?
Carbon Footprint TM defines a carbon footprints a measure of the impact that human activities have on the environment in terms of the amount of greenhouse gases produced, measured in units of carbon dioxide. Many of the activities we carry out every day result in carbon dioxide emissions when fossil fuels are burned to generate electricity or fuel for transport, or in paper production, for instance. We all have a footprint or an impact on the climate. Consider reducing yours.


Travelling to the Global Platform? Reduce your carbon footprint
Aviation is a large and growing contributor of the greenhouse gases that cause climate change. If you are concerned about the extent of your impact on the climate but need to fly to the Global Platform, you may wish to neutralize your travel emissions by purchasing carbon offsets through a voluntary offset company. The company you chose will calculate the amount of carbon for which your travel is responsible and you would purchase an offset for that amount. The funds that the offset company receives are then used to implement and manage projects that avoid, reduce or absorb greenhouse gases through renewable energy, energy efficiency, or forest and other bio-sequestration projects. Because climate change is a non-localized problem, it doesn’t matter where you reduce or offset your carbon; the positive impact will be the same.


The Global Platform organizers have identified two companies that invest the offsets purchased in developing countries renewable energy and energy efficiency projects only:
atmosfair and myclimate. These particular companies have been highly rated in the offset company comparison studies of the Tufts Climate Initiative and Clean Air Cool Planet.