Possibly the single most environmentally harmful impact of travel is the CO2 emmissions from international flights. Each time we turn on the TV, switch on the cooker, take a flight or drive the car, CO2 is added into the atmosphere. CO2 is a greenhouse gas that is released when fossil fuels such as oil, gas and coal are burnt.
So often now, with all the media focus on CO2 emissions, people think that offsetting your CO2 is simply a case of planting trees. However, Climate Care does much more than just that! And it means that you can 'neutralise' or 'balance' the CO2 added by your activities.
Reducing CO2 emissions can be done a number of ways and in a variety of countries - Climate Care is presently working in India, South Africa, Kazakhstan, Marshall Islands, Uganda, Mexico and Honduras.
The projects range from giving energy efficient lightbulbs to low income families and designing new efficient stoves that release fewer pollutants within the house and also have lower CO2 emissions, to wind turbines in India for energy (instead of using oil and coal fired power stations) and a system of combined cookstoves in some schools in India, that run on briquettes made from crop waste left over from the harvest, meaning that the farmers no longer have to burn their waste in the fields. There is also a re-forestation project running in Uganda, which not only will help with the CO2 emissions but will also become home to a number of endangered primates and provides work for up to 400 local people.
All of the projects are sustainable, helping people either in terms of health or survival financially and they all have lowered the CO2 emissions in each area.
Climate Care offer the opportunity to offset the CO2 emissions from your international flights. Offsetting means paying someone to reduce CO2 in the atmosphere by the same amount as your activites add. Climate Care offsets your CO2 by funding projects around the world including renewable energy, energy efficiency and forest restoration. Here at on the go, we are proud to be working with Climate Care and offset the CO2 emissions of all our company flights. Visit the Climate Care website, using the link below, and you too can off-set the CO2 emmissions from your international flights by entering the relevant details into their emmissions calculator and buying your offsets directly from Climate Care or we can do so on your behalf when you book a tour with us.