This world traveller has to admit he’s been feeling a little smug lately. My feeble first steps onto other continents have taught me to be respectful and compassionate towards other cultures, both at home and abroad. I’m pretty damn proud of that, and have nary a regret about any of the trips I’ve taken to faraway lands.
This week’s episode of my favourite travel TV show featured a story about “carbon neutral” air travel—that is, calculating the carbon dioxide emissions of your flight abroad and making an appropriate donation towards tree-planting that will offset your indiscretion towards Mother Earth.
Using this handy online calculator from TreeCanada.ca I’ve figured out that my flight to Bermuda and back next month will cost the planet 0.49 tonnes in CO2 emissions. To offset that over the lifespan of your typical newly-planted tree I would need to plant almost three of them at a current cost of $4 per tree, for a grand total of $11.80 CAD.
Making my recent trip to Tokyo carbon neutral would cost quite a bit more, so I’m carbon neutral starting today!