Do words like “climate change, carbon, carbon tax, carbon neutral and the greenhouse effect” have you baffled like most Australians? Does the concept on global warming send you into a spin and seem difficult to wrap your head around?

If it does, you wouldn’t be alone.

Along with the majority of our Australian politicians, climate change is a mysterious beast which many don’t understand. The challenge is it is a big picture concept and it doesn’t fit into a simple three word slogan. But at the same time, it is not so difficult to get your head around if explained correctly. So, in this series of articles we are going to attempt to break it all down so we are all on the same page of understanding.

For us, at Tahbilk, being carbon neutral is a big deal, it is important for the sustainability of future generations. As farmers, reliant on a consistent growing climate dictated by mother-nature, we can’t see a bright future unless we, as a community, start to make some changes. And really understand the human role in helping the earth.

So rather than tell you we’re carbon neutral, and expect we are all coming from the same place of understanding, we are taking everyone back to basics to explain exactly why carbon is a problem for the earth. Our aim through this series is to demystify the carbon conversation because we believe it is in everyone’s interests to be thinking about how to reduce the amount of carbon they emit into the atmosphere.

The greatest place to start the journey of understanding is to remind ourselves we live in the universe on a planet called earth. The earth is the only planet that can sustain and support life in all its forms: from basic living micro-organisms to highly sophisticated and intelligent human beings. And without it we don’t have anything.

We will be breaking it down into the following sections:

  1. Earth, the only inhabitable planet in our solar system, why?
  2. How does the earth regulate its temperature?
  3. How do humans impact climate change?
  4. Greenhouse gases, what are they and how do they impact climate change?
  5. How does measuring your carbon footprint make a difference?
  6. How does investing in carbon offsetting positively impact the planet?

Stay tuned over the next few weeks to follow this series because the earth is what we all have in common.