- Discover what it would cost to offset your personal/family carbon footprint
- Discover a fast, easy way to offset your footprint by sponsoring the planting of trees in forests throughout the world
- Discover the joy of making a gift of tax deductible trees in the name of people in your life thereby transforming your gifts into making a difference in reversing global warming
A short personal history from Randy McNamara @randymcnamara.com
For the past 2 years I told myself over and over again, “You should offset your personal and family carbon footprint by planting trees.” BUT, I did nothing, mostly because I was afraid my footprint was so damn big it would cost me a fortune. Plus, how do I figure out what my footprint is and, if I find out, where the heck do I go to find an organization that plants trees because there’s not enough room in my yard for all those trees.
5 minutes researching the internet and I got my questions answered and was happily surprised! My footprint for this whole year is only about $1100. There’s an organization that plants trees for $1 per tree and they’ll send a gift card from you if you want to have the trees planted in someone’s honor. The $1 per tree is a tax deductible donation. Voila! The end of hunting for birthday and Christmas presents!
Discover your carbon footprint. This does not then mean you are obligated to offset your footprint. You could just forget it or offset it at a lower rate. It’s your choice after all.
Google: carbonfund.org You answer a simple set of questions and presto, the website computes your carbon footprint for you and your household. 5 minutes and you’ve got the dollar value of your footprint.
Google: onetreeplanted.org For $1 per tree you can plant trees in projects they sponsor in any of the following regions: North America, Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Pick the project(s) you like and enter your credit card. The organization is a 501c3 so your contribution is tax deductible.
There is a gift giving feature where you can donate trees in someone else’s name and they’ll send that person a gift card from you.
Put a reminder in your calendar to do steps 1 and 2 once a year on the first Monday in December. Compute next year’s carbon footprint and transform your holiday gift giving from consumption to reversing global warming.