“niiti”, a Sanskrit word means, in different contexts, policy, ethics, tenets. To us, who belong here, it is our raison d’etre, our touchstone. So we constantly turn to our ethics and tenets when we re-examine the basis of what we do and how we do it over and over again. This is our space to engage with our core, with you, our readers and companions on the path towards an equitable society in the deepest meaning of the word. Over the past years, there are several social issues and organisations that we have engaged with and been enriched with both experience and knowledge along the way. We believe that in creating a conversation platform for those engaged in the field, including some of our clients, partners, all of you out there who have reached this site wanting to be the change and others who have expertise to comment and critique, we can actually crowd-source actions and solutions for some of our most pressing social issues.

Some of these stories feature organisations and people who have been the change; others highlight innovative approaches to long-entrenched social issues; yet others point to ways in which change can be facilitated, simply. If you are inspired by them as well and motivated to replicate their work, or want to share inputs on other bright examples like these, do write to us at

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

What is carbon offsetting anyway?

The average cheeseburger requires about 6.8 pounds of carbon dioxide to produce. This includes raising, slaughtering, transporting, storing, and cooking the food. Surprising, isn’t it?

If we consider all our daily activities and calculate our carbon footprint, we will realize that we do little about global warming other than contributing to it. If you are an active member against climate change which means that you are using green energy and reducing emissions, then carbon offsetting is the next thing that you should do.

Carbon offsetting is a method of countering damage done through the release of carbon emissions from activities such as driving a car, flying or heating a building. For every tonne of CO2 emitted in one place, an equivalent tonne is supposedly removed elsewhere. While it does not undo the harm to the environment, it does become an efficient way to offset future emissions. But we should remind ourselves, offsets are not an excuse for people to continue current emissions.

While it is very difficult to calculate CO2 emissions precisely for every event, one of the best ways of carbon offsetting is to offset flights. It is relatively more effective simply because of the ease of calculating the amount of CO2 released. However, even this can be a challenge and agencies are expected to comply with the strictest measuring adherences.

 Offsetting has a bright future with growing globalization. Yet, it covers only a fraction of the total CO2 emitted. More efforts to reduce emissions are still required. Every time you are going to take the car, think of taking the public bus instead. Climate Change needs your help!

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