Ruth von Heusinger
Founder & managing director
Ruth, a graduate physicist, worked in the field of renewable energies and emissions trading at Statkraft and gained experience in the voluntary carbon market at atmosfair. However, she wanted to make it possible to offset carbon emissions with a direct effect in Europe. That’s why she founded the non-profit organisation ForTomorrow in December 2019.
People & Operations
Christina is responsible for Customer Care, People & Culture, Operations and Team Assistance at ForTomorrow. She has worked for several years in customer care and operations at various (fin)tech start-ups. There she built up specialized teams to achieve customer and company goals. In the process, she gained valuable experience in the areas of team leadership, personnel development and corporate culture.
Koos first design job was at an energy management startup. After that, he was freelancing for companies small and big (like Apple) and worked as a design lead at BCG Digital Ventures. Now at ForTomorrow, he does everything design and web development.
Marketing & communications lead
Chris is in charge of marketing and Sales at ForTomorrow. After studying communication science in Vienna, he gained experience as a copywriter & conceptionist for a leading creative agency in Berlin. He created communication campaigns for companies and organizations like ADAC, Klarna or Sparda-Bank Baden-Württemberg.
Forest ecosystem management
Georg takes care of the reforestation areas and forest-related topics. He completed his studies at the University for Sustainable Development with a bachelor’s thesis on forest carbon markets in the EU. Georg is dedicated to a future with close-to-nature, species- and structure-rich forests.
Joana takes care of our social media presence. After completing her literary studies she seized the opportunity to gain a professional foothold in the nonprofit sector back in 2015. Most recently, she worked as a content creator for an international animal welfare organization and is currently studying Sustainable Development Cooperation as a part-time master’s program at RPTU Kaiserslautern-Landau.
A native of Washington, DC with a previous career in economic development and research, Barbara is interested in the power of financial innovation to moderate climate change. She is volunteering as a translator at ForTomorrow in order to learn more about carbon offsetting and career opportunities in the environmental sector.
Anton Karsten is a freelance Fullstack Software Developer with a focus on frontend technologies like Angular and Flutter. He is volunteering at ForTomorrow to help develop the website. Originally he comes from the Netherlands, but after living in Germany for almost 10 years, he is now living in France.
Tobias built the 50ZERO offsetting service. He now supports ForTomorrow’s continuation of that brand with product strategy and development.
Andreas is an industrial engineer who worked in various functions in the energy industry. At his consultancy agency viacero, he now supports companies with their sustainability transformations. At ForTomorrow, he is responsible for greenhouse gas accounting.
Prof. Dr. Grischa Perino
Grischa Perino is Professor for Environmental Economics at the University of Hamburg, where he heads the working group Dynamic of Climate Governance at the Climate, Climate Change and Society Cluster of Excellence. He is an expert on EU Emissions Trading. He consults ForTomorrow as a volunteer on the effectiveness of carbon offset in the context of the EU Emissions Trading System.
Thomas Schmidt, CEO of Haniel, supports ForTomorrow as an advisor for long-term strategy. Thomas is pursuing a groundbreaking sustainability approach with Haniel already. There, entrepreneurial activities must ensure the future prospects for many generations to come.
We must act faster than before—the clock is ticking
Climate change is already happening. Global temperatures have risen by 1°C. If we continue to emit as much as we do today, it will be incredibly difficult for the world to become carbon neutral in 7 years in order to limit global warming to 1.5 °C (IPCC recommendation). At 1.5°C our ecosystem could remain largely in balance, but we are running out of time.
The future without carbon neutrality
If we don’t manage to reduce our carbon emissions, the earth will warm up more than 4°C by 2100. Such world would be difficult to recognize:
- Cities like London, New York and Mumbai will be flooded
- Entire ecosystems will be lost; half of animal and plant species and coral reefs will be completely extinct
- There will be record-breaking summer temperatures of over 50°C in Europe
- We will see an increase in dangerous tipping points; large parts of the world will become uninhabitable
What can we do?
ForTomorrow was founded in 2019 as a non-profit organization. We want to enable everyone to live a carbon neutral lifestyle. Together, we can transform Europe into the first carbon neutral continent. Each EU citizen emits an average of 9 tonnes of CO2 per year. We help you reduce your carbon emission to less than 1 ton in the long-term. Meanwhile we offset the rest for you. If we manage to reduce the worldwide carbon emissions year by year, we will have a bit more time than the 7 years mentioned earlier. We can then safely reach the 1.5°C goal with carbon neutrality in 2040. But we must act faster.