Methodology behind the Science
As a Play It Green member it is important to understand the methodology behind our science and why you are making a difference
What Is Climate Change?
Greenhouse gases trap heat in the atmosphere and cause global warming. Unfortunately, Greenhouse gas emissions keep going up so does the earth’s temperature
Climate Change Is Here
The top 20 hottest years on record have all happened since 1998. For many, this can cause feelings of anxiety and helplessness about the future. But it doesn't have to be that way
Everyone Does Their Bit
Everyone tries to do their bit, but after doing things such as recycling or reducing energy use at home, many still get stuck and don’t know what to do next and that is where Play It Green helps
Take The next Steps
Play it Green aims to lower carbon footprints and help educate people in an easy to digest way, creating behaviour change, whilst rebalancing the unavoidable footprints
What Is a Carbon Footprint?
A carbon footprint is an estimate of how much additional greenhouse gas emissions have taken place as a result of activity. This could be for a person, business, event or product.
Everything has a footprint
Buy a coffee and it has a footprint due to emissions from the manufacturing process and its transportation to you. It doesn't stop their either, there is the whole supply chain to consider
Why we use averages
We use averages as every nation is different in how they live and how much and what type of the following is consumed over the year: home energy, travel, goods purchases and food
Reduce and repair
Whilst we aid people lowering footprints through education and access to sustainable products and services, it's important to repair the damage we do whilst getting to Net Zero
Why Plant Trees?
We use averages as carbon absorption rates vary due to the type, age and location of the tree. The average Mangrove tree will absorb 73.8 KG over a six-year period (we don't measure ten)
Short term measurement
Whilst the tree will absorb a lot more CO2 over its lifetime, Play It Green uses 73.8Kg of CO2 at the offsetting value of 1 Tree as we wish to measure our impact in the short term and not overstate it
Reduce and repair
156 trees per year (13 trees per month) will absorb (on average) more Carbon than a person in the UK produces and causes i.e. their carbon footprint. That's why £5 makes you climate positive
Carbon Footprint Value of 1 Tree
Planting a tree with Play It Green has an offset value of 73.8kg (0,0738 Tonnes) per tree
This is the average amount of CO2 one tree planted with Play It Green will absorb over a six year period based upon this scientific study. As the study details, averages have to be used as carbon absorption rates of trees vary due to the type, age and location of the tree.
Trees trees will absorb a lot more CO2 after this six year period and over its useful lifetime. Studies showing 1 Tree stores on average 22kg of CO2 per year (European Environmental Agency) or 1 Tonne over its useful lifetime. Play It Green want any rebalancing initiative to have short term benefits, hence the reason for six years. This compares favourably with other programmes who choose ten years or more.