While it’s arguable that the best way to reduce your carbon footprint is to simply consume less, there are many things that people just don’t want to give up. The ability to travel is one of them.
But if you’re going to travel, how do you do so in the most sustainable way? One way is to purchase carbon credits to offset the amount of CO2 your trip generates.
Sustainable Travel International can help you do this. Their carbon calculator will help you determine how much carbon your trip will generate, then they allow you to directly purchase carbon offsets to turn your tip into one that’s net carbon free.
For example, I used their calculator to determine that a round trip air flight between San Francisco to Boston generates almost 2 tons of carbon emissions for a single passenger (I had no way to verify this — maybe one of our readers can help out?). That was for airfare only, but the calculator lets you add hotel, auto travel and other activities as well.
The cost to offset just the airfare I calculated was about $29 USD.
If you work for a company, it may be appropriate to forward this post to the person in charge of travel at your company with the suggestion that the company consider offsetting the corporate travel it requires its employees to undertake. If your job is making you travel, it’s arguable that they should offer to offset the carbon impact of your trip.
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