Math & web development for exciting projects to fight climate change & help the environment
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Telecommuting virtually from anywhere in the world is fine. The times of day you do the work are totally flexible. We are an innovative nonprofit creating projects to help the world, and an important part of this is fighting climate change. It has become clear that we can't wait for polarized politicians alone to solve the climate crisis, Eventually they need to help, but if we don't start making a serious impact ourselves now independent of politicians, it will be too late.
Therefore, we are creating several new initiatives to inspire action by individuals and group. One is called "Carbon Neutral Lives." It will encourage people to make the total of their life be carbon neutral so that by the time they die, their life will not have contributed to climate change nor harmed humanity. This will be done through a mix of A) reducing current carbon creation; B) donating money to environmental initiatives that offset their current and past carbon usage. For example, Carbonfund.org. C) Including text in their will to donate some of their remaining money to reach the goal of a carbon neutral life.
People will calculate their current and past carbon usage, and make a plan and a budget to offset it over the course of time. Participants will post their results and their commitment on social media to raise awareness and spread the word. We are going to partner with environmental nonprofits that offer climate offsets in order to promote this concept and turn into a movement.
This is important because people who are already 60 years old have been generating carbon for dozens of years. If they are only carbon neutral moving forward for their last years, they are not doing their fair share. They are leaving today's youth an unfair burden to shoulder. We are giving people the ability to know they did not personally cause climate change.
We are creating another initiative named Carbon Neutral Foundations in which foundations offset the carbon that is created from the grants they give. Any time a grant is made for anything, it results in carbon use by the nonprofit that receives it. A core principle of philanthropy is that it should not cause harm to people. For example, if you want to help a group of people in some way, your means to achieve that should not result in killing other people. But right now this principle is mostly being ignored. Climate change is killing innocent people, and foundations are contributing to it.
In addition, we will encourage foundations to offset the carbon that was created in order to earn the wealth that funded the foundation. In other words, most foundations were created by a wealthy person, and that person's wealth was created in part through carbon use. Thus, foundations can do offsets to account for what created them, plus offset the activities that the current outgoing grants are paying for.
We are creating a similar program called Carbon Neutral Nonprofits. Surprisingly, most nonprofits are not carbon neutral. They figure the environment is only the responsibility of environmental nonprofits. If a nonprofit were to poison children with arsenic in order to achieve its goals, society would say it's barbaric and shut the nonprofit down. However, the majority of nonprofits are essentially doing the same thing today by contributing to climate change and the deaths that are resulting from it, and the huge number of deaths that will occur in coming years. A movement needs to occur for nonprofits to be carbon neutral.
Individuals and groups becoming carbon neutral has three great results:
1) An immediate reduction in carbon
2) It inspires other people and groups to do the same because actions speak louder than words
3) When a person makes a sacrifice to be carbon neutral, they have a strong desire to pressure other people and groups to do their fair share. It's like when there is a messy house: if you spend three hours cleaning up your contribution to the mess and everyone is benefitting from your efforts, you become motivated to get other people to clean up their messes and do their share.
We are looking for a person to help do the advanced math and programming to develop a lifetime carbon calculator that is easy to use and doesn't require a person to spend a lot of time to complete. It would differ from existing calculators in several ways including:
1) The largest amount of people's time from age 4 to about 17 or 21 is in school. We want to include the average carbon impact of a person's education from K through 12 and college. For example, an average of about $11,000 is spent per student per year, which is $143,000. What carbon impact did this have on average.
2) An option to include the carbon impact of other public spending including infrastructure and public safety.
3) Include an option in which people can enter how much money they've spent in their life and find out how much carbon on average the spending probably created. Then give them options to add between 10% to 40% to ensure they're safely covering their impact.
Right now, calculating your carbon use for a single year is already a lengthy process that many people don't want to spend the time to do. Doing so for 50 different years would be too hard. But most people can come up with quick estimates for their total spending. Spending inevitably results in carbon use from getting the raw materials, the making of the product, the shipping to a warehouse, shipping to a store, sitting on shelves in a climate controlled place, driving home and eventually disposing of it. Even sustainably grown food incurs most of the carbon use above.
So we want to research and figure out what the average carbon generation is per each $1,000 spent. Then provide people with an average number for their total spending, and push them to add at least 10% to it unless they were regularly making green choices. Even purchase of an electric vehicle has limited effect because the carbon needed for raw materials, production, multiple stages of shipping and eventual disposal is sizable.
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