Looking back on the last 17 years, I would never have guessed that the picture of today would be so ….GREEN! Here's a story of a bright future, as imagined by Wildini Founder, Heather Alvis.
Today marks the 1-year anniversary of official Net Zero emissions across the globe According to our sophisticated AI mapping software, we have been monitoring our carbon emissions and sequestration for over a decade, and on THIS Earth Day, our entire planet celebrates Net ZERO for the first time.
Local communities across most developed countries (those who pollute the most) have made huge strides in increasing green plants and reducing emissions in architectural designs and infrastructure, which you can even see from outer space in major cities like Seattle, Taipei, and Mumbai. By adopting more organic shapes, reusing building materials, and re-wilding public areas, we were able to cut emissions from the new production of raw materials as we built our green cities. Public transport is central to nearly all major cities, completely run on renewable power - and they are quiet, fast, and easy to use, so people love them.
Since we invested heavily in finding ways to re-purpose old cars, appliances, solar panels, and even roads, our waste decreased as innovation shifted to electric, and we are able to utilize most of the resources that existed back in 2023.
Production of new materials is only allowed if offset by new carbon sinks by 1.5X. Walking and biking are preferable over driving in common areas, especially since the air is fresh, and buildings look like parks with plants growing at all levels as the “new norm”. Public health issues and depression are at an all-time low, and although technology is still advancing exponentially, our values around relationships and experiences, art, music, and dance are still top of mind.
After taking a deep dive into the carbon market industry, I took on a few major roles in this transformation. I found an internship early on and was able to pair up everything I was learning in my international environmental law classes with real-life, boots-on-the-ground training in policy and government litigation. This led me to start my own firm CarbonAct, working with sophisticated blockchain engineers on a new method of tracking and validating carbon emissions and offsets that ended up being adopted across several carbon credit initiatives.
By pairing carbon accounting with blockchain, we have been able to create an indisputable source of proof for companies, which heightened investments and trust in the process.
As a result of our success, CarbonAct has paired with top successful non-profit organizations in the Americas, Africa, and Asia to fund women-led initiatives that have in turn placed thousands of hectares of land (and sustainable lifestyles) in permanent protection. Our hard-working, indigenous stewards of this sacred ecosystem are being compensated financially for their part in reducing our global carbon footprint, and as a result, their children are going to great schools, and they are able to continue living sustainably as they have done for thousands of years.
Companies that use CarbonAct have seen a steep increase in client satisfaction, and we continue to get new accounts daily, all of which are using our carbon-negative blockchain to process smart contracts.
One other success story is that of my company Wildini with the 5-star product “BittyMugs”, which gained a lot of traction in 2024. We transitioned to a carbon net-zero process for creating the mugs and added 3 new lines of designs with new endangered animals. With a few key influencers and our revamped compelling message, the mugs now have a following of kids and adults across the globe, and they’ve become a bit of a collector’s item. 100% of profits from the mug business are donated to one of 4 organizations - each of which is spearheading permanent ecosystem protection for sustainable forests. To date, we have donated over $10 Million to conservation efforts in these areas.
The biggest challenge I had to overcome in these incredible results, was the common fear of not being ready, good enough, or smart enough. There were several occasions where the risks were great, and I just had to make the choice to jump or stay put. Sometimes when I jumped, it didn’t turn out as I expected - but every time I jumped, I learned something new that took me to an even better place.