In 2019 the AAC(UK) decided that we should be doing more to help tackle the Climate Crisis. The general public, which includes members of the AAC(UK), are waking up to the fact that our planet is in trouble and it’s our fault. We don’t want to be too prescriptive so instead we’ll be providing information to encourage lots of people to make small changes which, when added together, will make a bigger change.
CO2 emissions over the last 150 years or so have led to an average global temperature increase of about 1ºC. For some areas of the planet, eg the Arctic and the Alps, the increase has been larger. The Austrian Alps have warmed by about 2ºC. This has already impacted on the activities of the Club because of receding glaciers, thawing permafrost under hut foundations and crumbling paths. In the article on the Climate Crisis below it’s suggested that the main thing we can do as individuals is to reduce our emissions of CO2. The first thing to do is to calculate your ‘carbon footprint’ and the club is recommending visiting https://www.carbonfootprint.com/calculator.aspx to do this.
If we just focus on travel, a common feature of most AAC(UK) activities, we can car-share, or travel by train rather than by air. The article below shows you how to calculate the carbon cost of a typical journey to the Austrian Alps using different methods of transport. If you’d like to offset the carbon used in your travelling there are a number of schemes available. The tree-planting and buddying scheme offered by Carbon Footprint Ltd is one of the better ones out there: https://www.carbonfootprint.com/plantingtrees.htm