The answer is, surprisingly, quite a lot.
OK - you as one of 7 billion humans can't do much to affect the aggregate global output of carbon produced across Planet Earth in a given year. We're talking gigatons here, after all.
And boy are there challenges. Harmful emissions come from nearly everything that makes our modern lives possible. Burning fossil fuels for electricity, mobility, and heat. Manufacturing cement and steel. Plowing soils. Clearing forests and degrading other ecosystems. All these activities emit heat-trapping carbon dioxide into the air.
There are many others. Cattle, rice fields, landfills, and fossil fuel operations release methane—a gas that warms the planet even more. Nitrous oxide and fluorinated gases come out of agricultural lands, industrial sites, refrigeration systems, and urban areas, adding still more heat-trapping pollutants to Earth’s atmosphere.
Most of these greenhouse gases stay airborne, but not all. Natural biological and chemical processes—especially photosynthesis—bring some of that excess back to plants, soil, or sea. These “sinks” are nature’s reservoirs for absorbing and storing carbon. While most heat-trapping emissions stay in the atmosphere, significant portions are quickly removed by plants on land or taken up by oceans.
What We Can Do To Make a DifferenceDespite these challenges, many people are coming up with solutions. One of the best known is Paul Hawkens' Project Drawdown. "Drawdown" is a reference to a future point in time when levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere stop climbing and begin to steadily decline. At this point, we begin the process of stopping further climate change and averting potentially catastrophic warming. This is a critical turning point for life on Earth. Here are some of the solutions proposed by Project Drawdown. Fundamentally, we must work on all aspects of the climate equation—stopping sources and supporting sinks, as well as helping society achieve broader transformations. That is, three connected areas call for action, which must be pursued globally, simultaneously, and with determination.
1. Reduce Sources — bringing emissions to zero
2. Support Sinks — uplifting nature’s carbon cycle
3. Improve Society — fostering equality for all
Within each area of action there are sectors and subgroups of diverse solutions—practices and technologies that can help the world stabilize and then begin to lower greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere. Together, they comprise the Drawdown Framework for climate solutions.
How GoSun Wants to HelpGoSun began with the mission of eliminating carbon-spewing cooking methods found all over the world. There are many ways to reduce carbon beyond using a solar-powered oven. It comes down to how to you refrigerate, what you use in case of an emergency, and even your power system.
How You Refrigerate
GoSun wants to make refrigeration carbon neutral, and they are doing that with the Chill. Launched in 2019, it is a portable, high-efficiency cooler that utilizes energy from the Sun to keep drinks and food cold or frozen, eliminating the need for ice.
The Chill eliminated the possibility of soggy sandwiches, resupplying ice or lugging around a heavy cooler with extra bags of ice to keep your food or drinks cold. It combines the technology of brushless compressor motors with lithium ion batteries. Similar in size to a standard cooler, the Chill is a 40-liter cooler that fits 40% more food and drink since there’s no ice using the valuable space inside.
“Solar technology is the cleanest and most accessible form of energy. With technology getting more efficient, GoSun is working hard to make more solar powered devices,” said Patrick Sherwin, founder and CEO of GoSun.
“Coolers are a pain in the ice and the new fashion cooler industry hasn’t solved the problem either. A solar powered cooler that can keep your food or drinks cold without worrying about ice is a game-changer for anyone who gets outdoors or prepares for emergencies.”
What You Use In An Emergency
A portable solar generator has a battery or battery pack that gets its power from solar panels. Direct current electricity is made and then goes to a battery. It then goes to an inverter and becomes A/C power. This stands in glorious contrast to gas-powered backup generators that are noisy and dump all sorts of pollutants into the air.
There are all sorts of ways to build your own portable solar generator. We at GoSun offer many products that let you produce your own electricity (the Solar Panel 10, the Solar Panel 30, the Solar Table, the Chill) and store it (the Powerbank). We have different products to meet your different demands.
Our SolarPanel 30+ is perfect for charging devices using nothing but sunshine. It's simple: just connect any device and place in the sun. Under full sun, this will charge about at fast as a typical wall outlet charger. It's portable power as you go!
Solar Table 60
Designed to charge the PowerBank+, the SolarTable 60 is our fastest, most powerful solar charger. With it, you can use the sun to charge laptops, tablets, cameras, phones, and lights – or even power the Chill and Fusion at night. With a 60W collapsible solar table, you have a tempered glass table surface and shade to cover the Chill.
By keeping your appliances in the shade, this solar generator lasts longer and provides power that goes practically all day.
Our PowerBank 144 unleashes the freedom of portable power. Capable of charging laptops, tablets, cameras, phones, lights, and other devices - just plug in anywhere, anytime. Or use it to power the Chill or Fusion