How can we offset our carbon emissions?
Onto the science bit. You remember in school when you learnt about carbon dioxide? Here’s a little refresher…
There are both natural and human sources of carbon dioxide emissions. Human sources come from activities like deforestation and the burning of fossil fuels like coal, oil and natural gas for things like power and fuel. Your own personal contribution is called your carbon footprint.
When you heat or light your house or cook with oil, gas or coal, you generate CO2. The same occurs when you drive your car, take a plane or a boat ride, even when you have your dinner. Think about how your food got to your plate… The greenhouse gases caused by the farming of livestock, the fuel used transporting food around the country, the power used to chill and cook this product.
So, how do we get rid of these nasty gases?
What is Photosynthesis?
Photosynthesis. Trees and plants essentially use these gases, along with water and sunlight to make glucose for growth (?). A by-product of this process is the Oxygen that we breathe.
Pretty nifty huh?
In its simplest form, this important reaction convert CO2 [carbon dioxide] and H2O [water] plus energy[sunlight] into O2 [oxygen] and (C6H12O6) [glucose].
CO2 + H2O + E = C6H12O6 + O2
Trees are like the vacuums of our planet. Through their leaves and bark, they suck up harmful pollutants and release clean oxygen for us to breathe. In urban environments, trees absorb pollutant gases like nitrogen oxides, ozone, and carbon monoxide, and sweep up particles like dust and smoke. Increasing levels of carbon dioxide caused by deforestation and fossil fuel combustion trap heat in the atmosphere. Healthy, strong trees act as carbon sinks; absorbing atmospheric carbon dioxide and reducing the effects of climate change.
How does tree offset calculation work?
Tree offset calculation is based on a tree planted in the humid tropics absorbing on average 50 pounds (22 kg) of carbon dioxide annually over 40 years – each tree will absorb 1 ton of CO2 over its lifetime; but as trees grow, they compete for resources and some may die or be destroyed – not all will achieve their full potential.
Our mission is to plant the number of trees that have the potential to offset the emissions caused by the packages that we sell. We use an emissions calculator to estimate the carbon footprint of your trip and we make a donation on your behalf to our tree planting partners who will plant the trees required to offset your trip therefore minimising the damage to the planet.