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How to air travel more sustainably?

What are different ways to offset traveling?

Project by Giulia 

My community!

I study in an expensive school in Curitiba, Brazil, and every other holiday many of my friends travel all around the world, being national or international trips. Most frequently, they all travel by planes, but flights account for around 2.5% of global carbon dioxide production at the moment. So for my project I had the idea to make two infographics, one of them talking about the impacts on the environment of flying everywhere and another talking about carbon off setting, that air travellers can reduce the impact they have on the environment through carbon offsetting their flights. Carbon offsets are voluntary schemes where people can pay to ‘offset’ or make up for the emissions that their flights produce. Later I would do a presentation where I would do a stop motion explaining my topic and referring to the infographics.
By sharing this information can help a lot due to the amount of people that opt to travel by plane during holidays.

What is offsetting?

According to the Environmental Defenders Office, “Offsets are intended to ‘counter-balance’ the environmental impacts of a particular project or activity.” So it is mainly actions that can be made to compensate the emissions that someone has done that consequently has resealed CO2. This can be done directly (planting a tree, composting) or by donating a certain amount of money that will equal the amount of carbon you have released into the environment.

myclimate

myclimate is one of the companies you can trust. This site provides a calculator to measure how much carbon you have released during some type of transportation. They introduce themselves as: “a partner for effective climate protection – both locally and globally. The Swiss Non-​Profit Organisation wants to shape the future together with its partners through consultation, education and climate protection projects. myclimate pursues this as a science-​based and business-​orientated non-​profit organisation.” They provide the opportunity for you to donate a certain amount that will be sent to organisations around the world that will make up for your carbon emitted. You can find everything on their site.

 

 

Until today, they have offset around 6.24m tonnes of CO2 through their site.

GO CHECK OUT OUR INSTAGRAM THAT GIVES YOU SOME IDEAS TO FLY MORE ECO-FRIENDLY!

@off.setting

There you can find all of my posts that will talk more about offsetting as well as giving you ideas of how to offset!

Sources:

https://www.myclimate.org/ 

https://www.edoqld.org.au/environmental_offsets 

https://www.dw.com/en/to-fly-or-not-to-fly-the-environmental-cost-of-air-travel/a-42090155

https://www.edoqld.org.au/environmental_offsets

 

 

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COMMENTS: 12
  1. April 23, 2020 by Mila Tewell

    Well done, Giulia – this is such an important story to be told, and I look forward to following you on Instagram. Thank you for providing those of us who love to travel extensively a vehicle for offsetting our carbon footprint.

    • April 25, 2020 by Giulia Chiaratti

      Thank you Mila! Has you ever heard of offsetting before?

  2. April 23, 2020 by Ale Cantu

    I am very proud of you! 🙂

    • April 25, 2020 by Giulia Chiaratti

      Thank you!

    • April 25, 2020 by Giulia Chiaratti

      Thank you!!

  3. April 24, 2020 by Tina

    Super helpful intro to a complicated topic. Thank you!

  4. April 24, 2020 by Ozzy

    Giulia, you’ve identified such a good part of the climate problem, and one that needs serious change. I’ve heard a lot that offsetting carbon emissions aren’t as good as actually limiting your climate emissions—by choosing to limit travel and choosing other methods. Is there evidence that if everyone volunteered to offset their emissions that we wouldn’t have a climate crisis? Or that it would significantly help us combat it? Honestly wondering, as I’ve thought about offsetting my emissions!

    • April 25, 2020 by Giulia Chiaratti

      Hi Ozzy! Thank you very much for your kind words! I found a site that might interest you: (https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2019/aug/02/offsetting-carbon-emissions-how-to-travel-options) One of the things that I read is that with only about 1% of travelling passengers offsetting their carbon emissions through voluntary programmes, has covered up 430 million tonnes of emissions since 2005, being equivalent to more than all of Australia’s energy-related emissions in 2016, according to Forest Trends. This shows that with a very small percentage of people offsetting, it still has a big impact and certainly will combat the climate crisis, so that it can end. But I think you should really look into it! It really is something that can help the environment.

  5. April 24, 2020 by Seva Kelly

    This was really informative! As someone who travels a lot, it’s nice to know that there is something I can do to make up for my carbon emissions!

  6. April 25, 2020 by Annie Manassee

    This is a super informative site! I also think that people forget about the impacts of flying and bringing this up is something that needs to be done. I really live you intro video and infographics, I think it allows the viewer to see visual what you are trying to convey. Your work and effort is clearly displayed. Great work!

  7. April 25, 2020 by Grace

    Giulia, this topic is so important. You’ve done a great job introducing and explaining the gravity and impact of flying. My question would be how you might encourage people to partake in offsetting? How could you spread the word about this type of environmental aid?

  8. April 25, 2020 by Julia

    Hello Giulia! I found your topic very interesting, I always forget that planes produce a lot of CO2. I’ve heard of offsetting and think it is a very interesting way of reducing one’s carbon footprint. I think your topic is really good because often there is talk about pollution and causes of global warming but not very much information on easy ways to reduce or slow it down.

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