Come into my thread to hear about my great new idea for a nonprofit organization and offer advice or tell me I'm an idiot.
Now, many of you know what carbon offsets are, but for those of you who have never heard of it, it's basically a system of credits that different organizations allow you to purchase that count as "negative" greenhouse gas emissions. Individuals and organizations can purchase what are effectively shares in conservation and green energy projects, such as reforestation or wind farm construction, that can be calculated to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere by some certain amount per dollar. These credits are used to "offset" the buyer's own greenhouse gas emission, either for moral or regulatory reasons. Various national and international legal precedents have been set that ruled that this "actually counts," so for example governmental operations and corporations subject to emissions caps can emit x tons of greenhouse gases over the legal limit and purchase x carbon offset credits and legally be in the clear.
Now, my idea is very similar, but for carcinogens.
Cancer Offsets is a concept for a nonprofit organization that will offer credits for quantified cancer reduction. With data from the CDC and WHO about the number of people with different types of cancer and their average treatment time or mortality rate, how that number has changed over time, information about how the majority of charity money towards cancer is allocated (i.e. to research firms, hospitals, etc) and how much, I will create a "donation portfolio" representing that allocation and use statistical analysis to calculate the reduction in cancer-hours per dollar spent on research and support efforts per cancer type. I will then be able to sell "cancer offsets," or shares of that donation portfolio that can be said to offer a quantified reduction of cancer per unit purchased.
This can be offered at point of sale when consumers buy many products that cause cancer or whose manufacture or disposal effect the emission of carcinogens into the atmosphere or groundwater. This includes many things, including plastics with carcinogenic manufacture byproducts, cigarettes, cars and plane tickets, and the list goes on. Thus people will be able to know that they live a lifestyle that does not contribute to cancer.
What is more, corporations accused by the courts of causing cancer will now have a way out. The legal precedent is already there. Fracking companies, Philip Morris, any company that gets accused of dumping shit into a river-- will all be able to legally say their actions do not cause cancer. It is both a legal salvation and incredible PR move.
So will I get rich? what does everyone think?