What We Do and How It Works

What is carbon offsetting?


We all create carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. Large amounts are generated through using fossil fuels for travel, power and heating and through the creation of goods and services that we all use. Individuals and organizations can choose to offset their carbon emissions by supporting activities that have either reduced or no emissions.

Whether we agree with carbon offsetting or not, it is a multinational, multibillion dollar market. Our case is that PopOffsets is simply the most cost-effective and environmentally beneficial way of offsetting greenhouse gas emissions.

So what is PopOffsets doing?

PopOffsets funds are disbursed to projects providing family planning services. We share these funds between developed and developing countries in recognition of the greater unmet need for family planning in the former and the greater carbon dioxode emissions in the latter.

We acknowledge that the carbon emission per capita in less-developed countries is relatively low in comparison to that of the industrialised nations. People in the developing world will not continue to live in relative poverty indefinitely, however, and their growing economies will, inevitably, lead to greater emission per capita.


The evidence is now quite conclusive that the lower the rate of population growth, the faster a nation will develop economically. All development programmes will ultimately fail if human numbers, rich and poor, keep rising indefinitely on our fragile and finite planet. To quote former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, "Population stabilization should become a priority for sustainable development".

Why PopOffsets?

Many organizations provide carbon offset schemes — some are more valid than others. Offsetting carbon by contributing to the building of a hydroelectric dam, for example, does not take into account the effect on wildlife habitat and other environmental impacts associated with the dam. Nor does it address increasing demand for energy due to population growth. The world population increases by almost 1.5 million every week and is forecast by the United Nations to grow to somewhere between 8.1 and 10.6 billion by 2050, depending on what we do before then.

PopOffsets is unique — we help you to offset your carbon footprint by helping others to avoid unplanned pregnancies and, incidentally, sending a strong message to decision-makers that it's time to address the population issue — wisely, democratically and compassionately.