Ahh trees. We love ‘em! The lungs of the Earth no less! The Yin to our Yang.
Trees and plants absorb the Carbon Dioxide that we excrete and turn it into the Oxygen that we require as a byproduct of Photosynthesis. These tall friends of the Earth are being torn down, burned down and butchered for all sorts of reasons; for wood, for paper, for agricultural space and to build more houses for our ever growing population. Halting deforestation and encouraging reforestation would see the World in a much better state.
Did you know that your single average tree can absorb up to 1 ton of Carbon Dioxide in its lifetime? (Say 40 years) Now, maybe this doesn’t sound like a lot after we’ve talked about the amount of emissions that we are trying to offset BUT, as with all things, life is about balance. Tipping this balance and increasing our emissions whilst simultaneously cutting down the rainforests is exactly what has got us to this critical point in the first place.
You’ll notice that I haven’t mentioned to stop travelling here. At The Mindful Travel Co. we believe that this Earth was made for exploring and we choose to assist with World reforestation rather than not see any of it. Not only that but the tourism industry is a huge income which many countries depend on. Travel joins communities and helps us learn from one another. Travel helps us learn about ourselves.
We encourage travel as strongly as we encourage sustainable living. We personally keep track of our carbon footprint and we have partnered up with non-profit organisation ‘One Tree Planted’ in order to offset our personal emissions plus those of our travelling customers.
Each of our tours and packages comes with a ‘tree rating’ which reflects the Carbon cost of the product plus how many trees we promise to plant on your behalf. We plant 4 trees per tonne of Carbon emitted in order to repopulate the declining forests and to offset your emissions quicker. All that’s left for you to do is enjoy your trip knowing that you’ve done your bit!
You can read more about the offsetting process in our Sustainable Travel blog post here.