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Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world: indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.
— Margaret Mead
Are you looking for ways to support our environment? Looking for ways to make your life more sustainable?
Then we have an answer for you right here: Planting trees is perhaps the best way for a consumer, a person who participates in the modern and globally networked consumer society, to help stop or even reverse climate change. The tree, the forest, is an important part of our nature's immune system. It can help us make our future CO2 neutral.
Time is running out on our earth--the big clock is ticking!
Resources are being consumed faster, CO2 levels are rising, and poles and glaciers are melting.
Therefore, the watch manufacturer Giacomo Cortes has set itself the goal of working climate-neutral and that to support global efforts to save our climate and planet earth by reforesting forests in the UK, Europe and worldwide.
In this context, we need to emphasize, the team led by Giacomo Cortes, that we do not support any political direction in this regard. It is only important to us that the emission of gases and substances that destroy the ozone layer of our earth and thus lead to global warming is reduced or neutralized. The change in an ozone hole can be measured regardless of which political opinion is à la mode.
However, one thing has become very clear to us over time: Balance is needed everywhere - in a healthy nature, in a healthy body or a man-made job.
Without balance, there is no beauty, no health and no happiness.
Is climate change real? Yes, real it is!
Climate change has arisen as a result of an increasing concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere of our blue planet. This is caused by the use of fossil fuels in industry and transport, as well as by so-called factory farming. Climate change has become a major concern for people around the world. This is particularly so because climate change poses a direct threat to our water security, food security, and energy security. Global vulnerability to the adverse effects of climate change is expected to increase significantly in the coming decades as the average global temperature, which has increased by only 0.6 ° C in the past century, by up to 6.4 ° by the end of the current century C could rise. That is why we have to take all the appropriate measures now, here and now to stop climate change.
Solutions to climate change and recommended measures to reverse climate change are required thru climate strikes, which are now carried out weekly and mainly by young people. Such measures could be: Massive and sustainable afforestation and reforestation programs - green forests again around the world; biological control of forest pests by maintaining viable populations of birds of prey and insects and avoiding the use of chemical insecticides; Conservation of pasture land through proper land management; Increase in grassland using suitable grasses in saline and humid zones to prevent their degradation; Support endangered species or species with important ecosystem functions by providing natural migration corridors and assisted migration; Use of gene banks, seed banks, zoos, and botanical gardens to preserve genetic diversity and to protect species whose natural environment is threatened; Prevention of forest fires through ecologically sensible forest management. These are all measures that have a relatively minor impact on our society. In any case, much less impact compared to the irreversible damage that an ongoing change in our climate, global warming of our planet Earth would mean.
Previous warnings knocked into the windFor several decades, scientists, activists, politicians, and educators have been warning of the dangers of global warming. Until recently, this problem was not taken seriously by our society and was of no concern to most people in their individual lives. However, as reports of rising sea levels, a rapid deterioration in air quality and an exponential increase in natural disasters are becoming increasingly common in the world, the climate problem is finally being noted.
On November 4, 2016, the Paris Agreement came into force with the support of 195 countries. The Paris Agreement is the world's first comprehensive climate agreement. The main goal is to stop global warming from rising and to keep the world's average temperature below 2 ° C above pre-industrial levels.
Why is that so important?Our mother earth used to be a blue and green planet, but her climate, her weather, is thrown off course, changed and destroyed and she needs all the help to defend herself. The vast majority of the scientific community believes that if we fail to contain global warming to a maximum of 2 ° C above pre-industrial levels, our habitat will go under. That life as we know it will no longer be able to exist in the foreseeable future. Many reports and studies say that we only have about 20 to 30 years before global warming becomes irreversible. But some scientists warn that this time could also be significantly shorter. We have lost countless wildlife species due to ongoing climate change, and we are seeing more and more animal species and insect populations disappear forever every day. And the effects on us humans are becoming increasingly clear: Since 2008, an average of 24 million people worldwide have been driven out of their cities, their homes, every year by weather-related disasters.
To be honest: Almost every one of us has personally experienced the effects of weather, fire and flood disasters in recent years or has family members or friends who have come close to such a weather event. And if only because you had to rebook a vacation to southern France, California or Australia because of forest fires. That there were avalanches in the preferred ski area or that parts of England could no longer be reached due to flooding.
What does the Paris Agreement cover?Since there are so many variables in combating climate change, as well as large differences in emissions, the consumption of renewable energies and the economic capabilities of the individual countries, the Paris Agreement is very flexible in terms of time and content. This means that each country sets its own goals, known as Nationally Determined Contributions or NDCs. These NDCs should be designed to achieve the overall goal. They are reported every 5 years and adjusted so that each five-year goal is more ambitious than the last one. Countries can bundle their NDCs, as some of them have already done. There are no binding consequences such as sanctions or tariffs for those who fail to achieve their goals. So far, however, only a few countries have made noticeable or even significant progress in achieving their goals.
What has been done so far?So far, only a few countries have made sufficient commitments to stop global warming in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement. Bhutan, Morocco and The Gambia are mentioned as outstanding examples. Morocco has put the world's largest concentrated solar panel plant into operation, cut government subsidies for non-renewable fossil fuels and dramatically increased gas imports. Morocco expects to obtain at least 40% of the necessary energy from renewable energies in the next few years. The Gambia is a developing country in Africa that has a massive reforestation project in progress and is currently only responsible for a negligible amount of carbon emissions. Bhutan is the only country in the world that has anchored environmental protection in its constitution and was able to present a negative (!) CO2 balance in 2013.
Only five other countries reach the minimum target of a global temperature rise of less than 2 ° C: India, Costa Rica, the Philippines, Ethiopia, and Bhutan. India, one of the world's worst polluters, hopes to generate at least 40% of its energy from renewable resources this year. This was achieved in particular by doing away with coal-fired power plants, building solar parks and promoting electric vehicles. Costa Rica has been producing almost all of its energy from renewable sources for years. While Bhutan's entire landmass is currently 60% covered by forest, Bhutan is also considered one of the most biodiverse areas in the world and is praised for its conservation efforts. It is also noteworthy that the population of Bhutan is considered the happiest people in the world. A clear example that a happy and balanced life is possible especially in a healthy and balanced nature!
3 major changes that need to be made1) The world's biggest polluters have to make radical and fundamental changes in their society and infrastructure. This list includes America, China, Germany, Russia, Japan, and the European Union. They have to say no to new coal or nuclear power plants, finance renewable energy sources and increase energy efficiency. They must at least comply with the 20/20/20 Directive, which reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 20%, increases the use of renewable energies by 20% and increases energy efficiency by 20%. If this goal has to be achieved within the next 5 - 10 years, otherwise it will most likely be too late.
2) We need to modernize our global freight and traffic infrastructure. This means more international cargo shipping with clean propulsion, therefore less air freight. Increasing the efficiency of aviation and maximizing the number of flights that can only be carried out at full capacity. Although some electric aircraft are already being designed and tested, it is expected that they will not be commercially available until 2030 at the earliest. Also, local private transport must be restricted in favor of public transport. Rail traffic instead of road traffic must be the motto of the future. Local public transport should become free for consumers.
3) Each of us - especially residents of highly developed industrial countries - has to check consumer behavior and change our lifestyle to a greater or lesser extent. For example, a consumer living in Germany generates an average of approximately 12.5 tons of CO2 per year. Simply by the way you live, what you eat, how you get around and how you shop. This is where you can start to help the climate and stop climate change. From energy consumption at home to the use of the car or public transport, to the selection of consumer goods and the way of shopping (a healthy mix between online shopping and classic shopping is important), to improve his CO2 footprint.
And we at Giacomo Cortes are laying with our climate packages and the fact that we have at least 25 trees planted for every watch sold one more step. A step towards a healthy climate and protecting our environment. Protection that naturally extends to us humans and the many animal and insect species in our world. With Giacomo Cortes, it becomes easier to become a protector and conservationist of the environment. For each of us!
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WATCHES FOR NATURE -
WE PLANT TREES TO SAVE OUR BLUE PLANET
Climate Package "ONE"
100 Trees are going to be planted in your name when purchasing your Giacomo Cortes Watch! This is lived sustainability, which should secure the future of our world. And this is our way to stop climate change, create new forest parks and help the population of forest animals to survive along with us. Who wants to plant trees, come and join us.
Climate Package "TWO"
200 Trees are going to be planted in your name when purchasing two Giacomo Cortes Watches for you and your partner or friend. A great gift for two people who are concerned about our future! Join us in our fight to stop climate change, create new forest parks and help the entire population of wild animals to survive along with us. Who wants to plant trees and save our green planet to come and join us.
Climate Package "FOUR for our WORLD"
Trees are going to be planted in your name when purchasing four Giacomo Cortes Watches for you and your family. Give your family a small forest - your children will thank you for that! Set the course here and now for the path to a healthy future worth living. Everyone can do something - even with comparatively little resources and effort. Remember: 3.5% of the population is enough to have a lasting impact on public decisions. We have to act now!
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