After hearing about Greta Thunburg’s commitment to travel to NYC for the 2020 UN Climate Action Summit BY BOAT FROM SWEDEN I have been thinking about our air travel again.
Obviously living in Honolulu and traveling anywhere outside our remote island chain requires a ton of carbon. What to do?
Not travel? That is certainly an option. Choose to live in not Hawaii? Also an option. Take a boat like Greta? …
If we are going to live here in Hawaii, travel to see our families and friends, I think I am again left with carbon offsets.
I started to worry again that they are not enough, and are just something for a guilty conscience. I looked into it again and found some recent evidence that carbon offsets really can make a difference. This study summarized in Scientific American touts that offsets do in fact, help lower emissions. Another article cites that airlines like Delta are already doing it for consumers and business travelers.
Still, I wanted to again check out the individual carbon offset landscape.
SFO Airport uses something called The Good Traveler so I thought I would check it out. This company also partners with major airports in the USA to purchase carbon offsets for various projects.
The website is sleek and easy, and I can see that the projects they give money to are vetted US projects promoting wind and solar, and reforestation (and 1 global project). I think there is probably more oversight in these US based projects, although the Gold Standard project I wrote about earlier also seems to carefully examine each organization. They have a global marine efficiency project that seems interesting: applying an eco-friendly coating to ships’ hulls to make them more energy efficient in the water!
The Good Traveler uses a simple platform to calculate your round trip emissions and spits out a nice diagram of how you have helped the planet.
Round trip, 16 offsets, multiplied by a family of 4 equals 64 offsets, at $2 an offset, = $128, charged to my credit card.
64 offsets is equivalent to ….
Not bad ….
Will keep an eye out for updates and more information!