|Making my stag weekend more carbon neutral
||[Jun. 26th, 2005|04:38 pm]
This coming weekend, I'll be heading off to Barcelona with a few |reprobates friends for my Stag Do. We're out there for a few days, and it should be great fun. Expect a report once I've recovered from the hangover :)
As you might expect, we'll be flying to Barcelona. Today, I was reading a blog post from a friend of Tom's, who's trying to reduce his overall carbon emissions for the year. He mentioned using a travel company to calculate the carbon emissions from a trip, and then paying them to arrange for that to be offset.
Alas the company in question (Key Travel) only appear to offer this as a service to their current clients, and not to randoms. Still, I liked the idea, so I did some googling to try and find someone else.
Disappointingly, I couldn't find anyone offering to plant a couple of trees in Africa or similar (I figured that if I was going to pay for some trees to be planted, it'd be more useful to have them planted by a needy person in the 3rd world, rather than by contractors for English Nature). All I could find was really big schemes for companies, or paying 10-20 quid to have a tree "planted and dedicated" at a forest somewhere in the UK. The latter wasn't quite what I was after.
After another attack at google, with some different search terms, I found MyClimate.co.uk. I told them where I was flying, and they told me how much CO2 I'd end up generating for the trip. For 7 quid, they promised to fund a program (be it planting trees, installing solar power in the 3rd world etc) that would offset the CO2 I generated. Easy, simple, sensible price, it was a no brainer.
(Alas they didn't offer to sell me offsets for everyone in the party at once - I'd have had to have typed in their details, so I didn't end up doing it for everyone who's going. So, everyone else who's heading out there needs to do their own offsetting!)