Green Travel: Purchase Carbon Credits

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As travelers, we should all think about the impact differing modes of transportation have on our environment. We all know that burning fossil fuels, be it jet fuel, diesel, or gasoline, releases carbon dioxide into the air, but here are some facts about just how much CO2 is released for every 1000 miles of travel:

Car – 1200 lbs
Bus – 900 lbs
Plane – 640 lbs
Train – 460 lbs

Source: Travelmatters.org

You can reduce your own ‘carbon footprint’ through the purchase of dioxide equivalent (CO2E) credits. These credits fund programs that offset emissions to achieve a balance or ‘carbon neutrality’. They can easily be purchased online from companies supporting the Environmental Defense organization’s ‘Fight Global Warming’ campaign, and as little as $4 will offset a ton of CO2 emissions. This means a coast-to-coast round trip flight of 5,000 miles equals just $12.80 to offset, which is a small price to pay for the future of our planet.

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Steve Smith & Christine Johnson

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Author: SS and CJ

Steve Smith inherited the wanderlust and has always needed to see what’s around the next corner. Together with his wife and co-pilot Christine Johnson, during their college days they enjoyed many memorable (and cheap) forays into Mexico sleeping under the stars. These days the excursions are typically press trips and hotels, but gathering unique experiences by really getting to know places and people rather than observing as tourists is still their approach to travel. After numerous journeys to North/Latin/South America, Europe, and the Middle East, they still believe this is the true way to experience different cultures.

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