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Cooldown Card | Afforestation is the process of planting trees or establishing a forest on land that has not been forested for a long time or has never been forested. It is a deliberate effort to create a new forest or increase the tree cover on a particular piece of land.


Cooldown Card | Agroforestry is a combination of agriculture and forestry in which trees or shrubs are grown around or among crops or pastureland. This increases biodiversity and also reduces erosion.

Alternative cement

Cooldown Card | Alternative cements, such as supplementary cementitious materials (SCMs), often require lower temperatures during production or utilize waste materials like fly ash, blast furnace slag, or rice husk ash. This leads to reduced CO2 emissions, making them more climate-friendly.

Bamboo Land Sinks

Cooldown Card | β€œLand sinks" refer to areas of land, such as forests or wetlands, that absorb more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than they release, effectively acting as carbon dioxide sinks. These ecosystems play a crucial role in mitigating climate change by sequestering carbon and helping to offset greenhouse gas emissions.


Cooldown Card | Bioremediation is a process used to treat contamination in water, soil and subsurface material.This biodegradation process can either eliminate environmental contaminants or reduce their risks.

Coastal Cleanups

Cooldown Card | Beach cleanups offer a valuable opportunity to minimize litter, safeguard our oceans, and promote awareness about litter and plastic pollution.


Cooldown Card | Composting is the act of collecting and storing plant matter whereby it can decay and be added to soil to improve its quality. When organic matter like plants and fungi decompose, their waste all becomes food in the forest. However, when this waste is buried in landfills from cities, organic waste becomes methane, a greenhouse gas. Composting is a solution for this issue of methane being released from the food and plant matter put in landfills.

Electric vehicles

Cooldown Card | Electric vehicles (EVs) are automobiles that are powered by electricity stored in batteries or fuel cells, rather than relying solely on internal combustion engines fueled by gasoline or diesel. EVs include road and rail vehicles, surface and underwater vessels, electric aircraft and electric spacecraft.

End fishing subsidies

Cooldown Card | The global fishing sector is dealing with the complicated issue of how to handle the loss of marine life. In an effort towards preservation of sea life, ending fishing subsidies helps foster a means for the ocean to restore biodiversity and restore life.

Family Planning

Cooldown Card | Family planning refers to the practice of intentionally deciding the number of children a family will have and the timing of their births. It involves using contraception and other reproductive health services to prevent unintended pregnancies and achieve desired family size.

Green cities

Cooldown Card | Green cities aim to reduce their ecological footprint, creating a harmonious balance between urbanization and nature, striving for a more resilient and ecologically conscious urban environment.

Habitat Rejuvenation

Cooldown Card | Habitat rejuvenation is the restoration and enhancement of degraded or damaged ecosystems to improve their ecological health and biodiversity. Healthy and rejuvenated habitats can act as carbon sinks, absorbing and storing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

Indigenous land stewardship

Cooldown Card | Indigenous Land Stewardship means supporting and improving Native control of and access to ancestral lands and resources to ensure the sustainable, economic, spiritual and cultural well-being of Native communities. This helps us to protect ecosystems and prevent emissions from deforestation.


Cooldown Card | Insulation helps reduce energy consumption, lower greenhouse gas emissions, conserve resources, and enhance overall comfort and well-being. By prioritizing insulation in buildings, communities can make significant strides towards achieving a more sustainable and environmentally responsible future.

LED lighting

Cooldown Card | LED lighting provides high energy efficiency, long lifespan, reduced waste, and mercury-free composition. Its instant on/off feature, directional lighting, and compatibility with renewable energy sources make it an eco-friendly option that reduces carbon footprint and promotes energy conservation.

Mass Transit

Cooldown Card | Mass transit, or public transportation, contributes to a more sustainable transportation system by reducing emissions, improving air quality, conserving energy and resources, alleviating traffic congestion, and fostering sustainable urban development.


Cooldown Card | Microgrids are sustainable solutions that integrate renewable energy sources, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and promote energy efficiency by minimizing transmission and distribution losses.

No-catch Fishing Reserves

Cooldown Card | "No-catch" fishing zones help to prevent the global issue of overfishing by allowing for certain areas of bodies of water to be deemed illegal to fish in. By limiting places countries can fish in, we allow for populations of sea life to be restored.

Ocean Cleanup

Cooldown Card | The Ocean Cleanup is a team that helps reduce the amount of waste pollution in the oceans by removing it with an advanced weighted netting system.


Cooldown Card | Permaculture is a design system and philosophy that aims to create sustainable and regenerative human habitats while harmonizing with the natural environment. The term "permaculture" combines the words "permanent" and "agriculture" or "culture" to signify its focus on long-term sustainability and ecological principles.

Plant Rich Diet

Cooldown Card | A plant-rich diet has a lower environmental footprint, requires fewer resources such as land and water, helps protect biodiversity, conserves resources, and contributes to global food security by utilizing resources more efficiently and improving food availability.

Plastic Free

Cooldown Card | Reducing our impact on the ecosystem is just as crucial as addressing existing environmental damage. It involves minimizing the use of harmful substances like plastic and adopting sustainable alternatives.


Cooldown Card | The great forests that have long existed on the Earth draw in huge amounts of carbon from the atmosphere. Proforestation is protecting the forests there still are, encouraging them to continue to heal and grow.


Cooldown Card | Recycling is a sustainable solution that conserves resources, reduces energy consumption, diverts waste from landfills, lowers emissions, supports a circular economy, creates jobs, promotes sustainable practices, engages communities, and ensures long-term resource sustainability.

Reduce Food Waste

Cooldown Card | Approximately one-third of the global food supply goes unconsumed. By minimizing losses and waste, we have the power to diminish the demand for land and resources dedicated to food production, while also mitigating the emission of greenhouse gasses during the entire process.


Cooldown Card | Reforestation is the planting of trees where used to be forest. It can be used to reverse the effects of deforestation or improve the quality of human life by facilitating biosequestration of atmospheric carbon dioxide.

Refrigerant Management

Cooldown Card | The most common refrigerants used in HVAC/R equipment today have ozone-depleting and/or high global warming properties. These refrigerants must be properly handled!

Regenerative Agriculture

Cooldown Card | Regenerative agriculture is an approach to farming and land management that focuses on improving and revitalizing the health of ecosystems, soil, and biodiversity.


Cooldown Card | Seaforestation is the process of restoring and enhancing coastal and marine ecosystems, such as mangroves, seagrasses, and salt marshes, as a means to combat climate change and preserve biodiversity.

Single-use Plastics Ban

Cooldown Card | A single-use plastics ban contributes to a cleaner environment, healthier ecosystems, reduced waste, and a more sustainable future for both the planet and future generations.

Universal Education

Cooldown Card | By promoting universal education, societies can create a more informed, engaged, and empowered population that is capable of addressing the challenges posed by climate change and working towards a sustainable future for the planet.

Vertical Farming

Cooldown Card | Vertical farming is a modern agriculture method where crops are grown in stacked layers, aiming to optimize space and resources while reducing environmental impact.