Offsetting Carbon

6 July 2007

As we know, global warming threatens crops and global food production. As such, global warming relates with world hunger and poverty significantly. Beyond that, the same social stagnation and political corruption that keeps society from fighting man-made global warming also keeps society from fighting world hunger and poverty.

For those reasons, I gladly tell you about CO2Debt.com. The website allows people and businesses to offset their carbon emissions. The site offers a service by which people can pay organizations to decrease the carbon in the atmosphere. The website encourages people and businesses to calculate how much carbon they emit during their yearly activity, and then gives them the ability to easily offset it with a financial donation.

I commend CO2Debt.com for offering such great services.

I personally believe that one could argue for legally requiring people and businesses to offset their carbon emissions. If a person vandalizes a car, we make them pay for the repair of the car. For the same reason, if a person or company damages the environment, let’s make them repair it.

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We need to consider education costs in the cost of living. In today’s world, a person cannot make enough money to survive without education and job training. (Job training includes learning business management, for those starting their own small business.) To get an education, most students need to take out student loans. These student loans need to include the cost of necessities such as food, clothes, shelter, and healthcare, because a person needs to survive comfortably to get educated properly. This leaves the student with debt. Thus, we have to consider this debt in the cost of living.

Normally, the cost of living refers to how much it costs for a person to afford the necessities of modern life–namely food, clothes, shelter and healthcare. If a person makes enough to afford those necessities, then we do not consider the person poor. If the person does not make enough to afford those necessities, then we do consider the person poor.

Since a person needs the education to make their income in the first place, we cannot reasonably consider a person non-poor if the person cannot afford to pay off their student loans, even if the person makes enough to pay for their current food, clothes, shelter, and healthcare.

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Children suffering from Poverty