It is well understood that our use of fossil fuel for generating energy is causing the climate change that has stimulated our weird climate and that our weird climate will only become more disastrous with time unless we reduce our emissions of gases substantially and immediately.  We also know that our day-to-day living and travel are contributing to the problem.  As a result, the more conscientious among us make sincere efforts to reduce our emissions.  But we still find it difficult to achieve zero emissions and seek additional remedies.  One possibility is to buy carbon offsets that support projects either generating energy without damaging emissions or sequestering carbon from the atmosphere equivalent to what we emit.  But there are hundreds of choices out there and we have to decide which among them genuinely makes a substantial contribution, and which might be a scam.  At the next Southern Oregon Climate Action Now Special Topic session from 6:00 – 6:30 pm on June 24 in the Medford Public Library, SOCAN Co-Facilitator Kathy Conway will discuss the effectiveness of carbon offsets as a means of reducing carbon emissions and offer tips on choosing from among the available entities offering this service.

Area residents concerned about climate change are invited to join us at the regular monthly meting following this presentation.

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