Help the world's forests through your electricity consumption

How has human energy consumption affected the earth's climate, and how can my electricity consumption help help the world's forests?

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Help the world's forests through your electricity consumption

Human extraction of energy through fossil fuels and fuels has drawn major shifts in the climate. Hundreds of years of inappropriate energy production have left the world at a crossroads calling for the immediate transition to energy extraction through renewable energy sources. Hundreds of years of massive CO2 emissions must be remedied and new ideas for renewable energy production are in mind, so that our electricity consumption and other energy consumption are no longer a global burden on the climate.

In the process towards a green transition figures several important factors. Including, among other things: the world's forests and my electricity consumption. But how do the two things relate? What is their common historical context and how can my electricity consumption be transformed from a sinner in global climate accounting to becoming an active player for a greener future with increased climate balance?

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Black energy has corroded resources and increased the imbalance

Energy production and energy consumption have played a crucial role in the current climate crisis throughout history. Since industrialisation in the 18th century and over the centuries, we have extracted energy from an unsustainable basis in the form of fossil fuels and fuels such as coal and oil. We have corroded the earth's resources inappropriately, with little thought of how much natural storage the earth has been able to provide. Energy extracted from fossil fuels, also called black energy, has been an effective source of energy production and at that time has appeared to be an inexhaustible source of energy consumption in the then explosive development of emerging industrial societies.

Today we have a completely different insight and understanding of the earth's resources and the global climate accounts. Because, in addition to realising that the previously extensive resources are not at all so extensive again, we have learned that the very by-product of the very same energy production has also had its consequences. And they are the ones we are facing today. The huge CO2 emissions from energy production have increased the greenhouse effect, and the earth now more than ever has a harder time getting rid of its heat. A direct consequence of humanity's long-standing use of black energy.

Felling the world's largest forests has made matters worse

CO2 is inextricably linked to the earth's ecosystem. It is a crucial source of life for plants flowers and trees that use the greenhouse gas for its growth, along with the sun's energy and water from the ground. As part of the ecosystem's cycle, plants and trees convert the absorbed CO2 into oxygen, which is then sent back into the ecosystem, thereby providing life-giving oxygen to animals and humans. Without CO2, no plants and trees, and without oxygen, no humans and animals. Everything is inextricably linked and grounded in deep dependence on each other. But if the world's life-giving forests, plants and flowers make sure to convert our CO2 into oxygen in a completely natural and constant process, what is the problem of the increased greenhouse effect?

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No chain is stronger than the weakest link

Earth's ecosystem is a rigorous biological accounting consisting of the right amount of components that together form a sustainable orbit. Small or large shifts in one or more of these components cause disturbances in natural processes and create an increased imbalance over time. With the use of black energy, we have corroded the earth's resources and increased CO2, but in the same breath we have made greater inroads into forests and plants.

Over the last 5,000 years, the land has lost over 1.8 billion hectares of the world's forests, and to this day we cut down the equivalent of 3 times Denmark's size of forest area each year . It is mainly the need for the conversion of forest areas into agriculture that has been the cause of felling the world's life-giving forest. Today, the world's forests cover 30% of the earth's land area and are easily the most effective natural remedy for absorbing the earth's CO2.
It is therefore not for nothing that the forests of the planet are often referred to as the lung of the earth, since the job of the world's forests is to respire for the well-being of the planet.
Man has not only increased the carbon footprint over time, but has also removed part of the natural component, which ensures that the carbon footprint is kept down and allows the earth to actually "breathe".

Today, fortunately, there is an increased awareness of the importance of increased forest worship and forest conservation on a global scale and at home in the form of, for example, organizations such as the Danish Forest Association, Growing Trees and The World's Forests in Copenhagen.

Green energy must relieve the world's forests and rebalance

The modern world has long recognised that the old path to energy is not a viable solution for the future. Human reaction must be taken and several levels responded to. Today, modern wind turbine technology and solar panels have taken over large parts of energy production all over the world and especially with Denmark as a pioneer. With increasingly innovative technology, we are now slowly returning to a more sustainable extraction of energy from the earth's renewable energy sources. Sun and wind are CO2-free, literally giving an increased breathing space to the world's forests and plants in the photosynthesis process of absorbing and storing the earth's greenhouse gases.
We still burn wood – but with care and sustainability

In recent years, Danish power plants have undergone a change from the use of coal to the use of biomass as an energy source. Today, biomass accounts for just over two-thirds of renewable energy in Denmark. The solid biomass consists mainly of wood chips and wood pellets from trees and wood waste that are cut open. In this connection, we can still talk about burning wood and forests in Denmark, but this is done with a greater insight into and understanding of the mistakes of the past. The burnt wood materials come precisely from sustainable forests, where care is made to offset the carbon footprint from burning with continuous planting of new trees.

New innovative Danish power companies launch green initiatives

In line with the current green transition from non-renewable energy sources to sustainable energy, a number of Danish energy companies have launched several different projects to promote danish nature's CO2 absorption. These electricity companies are not only endeavouring to make their energy production as green as possible, but are also trying to launch climate projects that will go beyond the already existing green measures. One of the power companies is Watts and its members.

Help the world's forests through greener electricity consumption

Watts has as one of the only power companies in Denmark prepared an expanded and more intelligent version of the function 'See my electricity consumption'. With Watt's so-called energy assistant, members will not only have the opportunity to see when electricity consumption is cheapest, but also when green energy from renewable energy sources can be used during the day. This not only creates a comprehensive insight into one's private electricity consumption, but can also create the basis for laying a future electricity consumption that will be able to rely significantly more on sustainable energy from Denmark's many wind turbines in particular.

A forest for my electricity consumption

Even if you make use of innovative initiatives such as Watt's intuitive energy assistant for better green management of electricity consumption, you can never promise 100 percent renewable energy in your electrical outlet. There may be times when the need for electricity is acute and when green consumption cannot be taken into account. On an equal footing with some other climate-conscious companies, Watts has therefore launched afforestation to create additional measures to further reduce members' carbon footprint. The aim is to make members' power consumption more than 100% CO2 neutral by planting trees.

The expansion of the world's forests starts in.... Svinninge

The first sod is literally taken in connection with the green future-proofing of Watts electricity customers. The first trees are planted in Svinninge in West Zealand, where a peace forest will be built, which will be left untouched. The forest is future-proofed in the sense that it has already received the certification protected forest and must therefore not be felled again in 50 years' time. The 60,000 m2 area of Odsherred is to be planted with 24,000 trees. Once all trees have been planted, the trip will be made to new natural areas in Denmark, where the same procedure applies.

plant trees and increase the vegetation and growth rate of the world's forests

Concrete figures on the CO2 absorption of trees and my electricity consumption

The University of Copenhagen has calculated the effect of the future effect of planted trees on members' power consumption. It is estimated that a newly planted forest of 10,000 m2 could absorb 600 tonnes of CO2 over 50 years . Converted, this means that a tree alone will be able to bind up to 150 kg of CO2 each year. It is estimated that 600 kg of CO2 is emitted from the production of an annual power consumption of 4400 kWh in an ordinary Danish family with 2 children . This means that 4 new trees have to be planted each year to cover the family's carbon footprint. At Watts, you can even choose to help plant up to 8 new trees annually. For a Danish family with 2 children, this will mean that in the long term you not only delete your own power consumption carbon footprint, but also actively help to make the rest of the world more CO2-free.

Where can I see my electricity consumption and save energy?

In addition to the already many green initiatives in the energy sector, there are several direct ways to help the climate and the world's forests now and here and in the long term. For it is one thing to use as much green energy as possible and plant trees for increased CO2 absorption, another is simply to save on electricity consumption and energy in general.

In this connection, one can ask the simple question: Is my electricity consumption too high or is my electricity consumption ok in relation to the necessary needs in the household. With Watt's energy assistant, you not only get the opportunity to see when the energy is greenest, you will also be able to get an intelligent insight into your consumption. Based on data from your previous energy consumption, Watts can calculate your expected future consumption, with which you will be able to gain insight into potential energy savings.

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Innovative measures to ensure green transition and the world's forests in the future

A lot of research is being carried out into various innovative technologies that should further boost the green transition in Denmark and the world. Further development of wind turbines and solar energy must create greater capacity and efficiency, while, for example, the production of stronger and larger batteries must be able to ensure more optimal storage of renewable energy production.

Privately, intuitive smart products are designed that can be intelligently controlled and further streamline green energy consumption in the home. Ideas for better sharing of green surplus energy across nations are being considered, but equally across local communities and neighbours. All to ensure more optimal, efficient and responsible electricity generation and electricity consumption.

As far as the world's forests are concerned, there has also been an increase in awareness of the vital function of trees in the ecosystem. More and more political forces are doing legwork to get the world's forests higher up the political agenda, and more and more members of grassroots movements and organisations are volunteering for the maintenance of the world's forests.

"You can take responsibility for carrying tomorrow's energy together towards a clearly greener future by taking active action here and now at local level"

Various measures have also emerged in recent years to safeguard the world's largest forests. Among other things, in the form of a rainforest certificate for the world's forests. Over 200,000 Danes have already bought a certificate , and they have thus directly contributed to preserving an important piece of the world's life-giving forests.

It is not necessarily human historical energy production that has cut down the world's forests, but it has put them to overtime in its efforts to absorb its emitted CO2. In this context, the modern electricity producer and electricity consumer can hardly be responsible for historical CO2 emissions and to save the world's forests, but responsibility can be taken to jointly carry tomorrow's energy towards a clearly greener future by taking active action here and now at local level. As you can see it is now practiced in various organizations, climate-conscious power companies and with citizens around the country and worldwide.

(i) sustainable.dk/energi/3-skov/
(ii) https://watts.dk/faktaplanttraeer/
(iii) bolius.dk/saa-meget-el-vand-og-varme-bruger-en-gennemsnitsfamilie-279
(iv) verdensskove.org/red-regnskoven

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