With Google Cache as my witness, I made the promise at the beginning of 2009 to make amends with Ms. Gaia and offset the carbon that’d I consume during the year.
Well here I am, ready to make my offerings. During the year, I kept a log of all my travels and have since plugged the details into this handy flight emissions calculator. The tally came to a total of 44-flights and 37,330 km travelled (just 1 flight short of my 2008 total, but with 50% less distance). In carbon terms, this amounts to 10.9 tons of C02.
Picking a company to offset the carbon with proved tricky and I ended up opting for ClimateCare.org – mainly because they’re backed by JPMorgan and that their website is pretty snazzy. The final bill came to 96.06 regal pounds. Does my soul feel a little bit better? Not really, no.