With the COP26 Climate Change Conference currently underway in Glasgow, now is the perfect time to reflect on the environmental impact of our organisation and to celebrate the great changes we have already implemented, doing our part to ensure that the future of our planet is guaranteed by environmentally sustainable and equitable practices of benefit to all.
Here at TackleAfrica, environmental and operational sustainability has long been a cornerstone of our approach to work and we have made great efforts to make sure that these principles are integrated into our operations. While the current global focus on the environment has led to many good promises, our commitment to environmental sustainability is not just one of aspiration and slogans, which is why we can confidently and proudly say that we currently operate with a 100% carbon-neutral footprint!
The carbon efficient stoves provided with the help of United Purpose
We have had some great help in allowing us to achieve this incredible milestone. We began this journey by consulting with Ecologi in order to figure out the extent of our carbon footprint, ending with a figure of 98 Tonnes of CO2 in 2021 once the environmental impact of our operations, staff and partner’s activities across Sub-Saharan Africa had been taken into account.
With this figure in mind we joined up with United Purpose, a wonderful organisation helping to lead community-led development and innovation to tackle inequality and poverty across the globe. Through their Carbon Initiative, we have helped fund the production of new eco-friendly cook stoves that require considerably less firewood to run and helped provide access to clean water across Malawi.
Patricia is one of the people helped by the Carbon Initiative. Read more about her story here.
The environmental impact of these changes are measurable, and as a result of our contributions we can now certify that from 1st April 2020 to 31st March 2021 we offset 100 Tonnes of CO2!
The sustainability changes we have made are not just limited to funding outside projects, as we are also committed to ensuring that our personal practices leave as small a carbon footprint as possible. For our events we source all relevant products from ecoearthstore.co.uk, meaning that our events remain plastic and palm oil free where possible.
And despite all the good practices we already have in place, that does not mean we are content with stopping here. As should be the case for everybody, we are constantly striving for more ways to improve and innovate our practices, which is why in the near future we want to introduce a TackleAfrica forest, where staff or supporters who want to tackle their own carbon footprint can make personal donations to help support the planting of trees!
It is easy to think that environmental sustainability is a goal for the distant future, but we are proud of having worked to realise much of that ambition today, and we lend our voice to those calling on others to do the same.