Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Impact of Travel
But good-hearted earth lover beware. Many companies out there may not be using your money wisely. Fortunately there are organizations that research and ensure credibility of specific projects so you know that your money is going to make a real impact. Make sure you do a little research first. Some credible companies include: Terrapass, Sterling Planet, and Carbonfund. These sites have carbon calculators that help determine how much energy you use in a typical year or for a specific event and then you can offset this use. The approximate cost is anywhere from $10-$20 per ton of carbon.
Obviously doing something like this is not an answer to our problems and it won't make them go away- but when I travel I feel like I am at least attempting to make up for the impact of my trip. True, offsetting carbon use is not as effective as limiting it in the first place...but realistically many of us will travel by plane sometime to somewhere. The real key is living your life differently over the long term and not just offsetting so you can feel ok about going to Jamaica. Driving a car, using electricity, and throwing away garbage all lead to green house gas emissions. Simple things like changing a light bulb, powering down electronics, using less water, and recycling all help. I suppose it is...living thoughtfully so you can live the way you want.