One of the goal of the Beautiful World Tour was to visit the World without leaving a trace.
To do so, we had to offset our Global Carbon footprint, calculating our emissions in each region, considering transportation, accommodation, etc… which accounted for a total of 61.45 tons, then supporting Carbon emission compensation and future emission prevention projects in each of the region we crossed.
We decided to compensate 2.5x times our total emissions because westerners like have a “debt” compared to the emerging countries we visited, so this calculation accounts for their right to support their growth through emissions on their side.
We also decided to compensate the Carbon emissions of the family for the next 5 years to reach the COP21 goals, after considering the reduction we can already achieve by changing our lifestyle a bit, our consumption patterns, and using energy saving and production technologies.
Here are all the official certificates from the projects we carefully selected, showing this is not bullshit Green-washing, even if some people might challenge the actual impact of such personal initiative…
Of course, if we are the only one doing this, it has no impact, but anyone can now easily compensate its emissions of travelling, starting with airplane flights compensation which generally cost 2-3% of tickets costs.
More and more airlines and travelling sites provide this Carbon compensation option in the check-out when you purchase online, so just click on it, pay attention to the Carbon compensation measures they propose (as some really are borderline): this is already a great first step that will fuel many sustainability initiatives around the world, and raise attention on the issue.
Then each of us can also calculate its own yearly emissions, and start shaping a simple action plan: driving slower and smoother, using more public transportation, cycling to work, buying energy efficient technology, eating local seasonal food and less meat, recycling as much as you can, etc… It’s not that complicated, and the education of people around you is as important as the reduction itself.
As St Exupery said:
“We don’t inherit planet Earth from our parents, we borrow it from our kids“.
Each small individual action will have an important cumulative effect, so it is important that each of us start this journey.
For the French, it starts here:
For the others, it could start here:
So here are the almost 200 tons of Carbon we compensated through many different initiatives!
Carbon Emission Offsetting in Costa Rica for our next 5 years emissions delta (vs. COP21 goals, 10 years ahead;-) = 40 tons of CO2
(the trees that the kids prepared are now planted)!
Carbon Emission Offsetting in Latin America = 25 tons of CO2
Carbon Emission Offsetting in Asia-Pacific zone = 100 tons of CO2
Carbon Emission Offsetting in Africa (that we will visit later) = 25 tons CO2
Now your turn to do it;-)