Moving through this challenge! It’s already Day 6 of the Love Your Mother Earth Challenge.
Today we’re focused on the principle Vote With Your Wallet. Consumer actions have pushed brands and regulators to consider eliminating or reducing single use plastic, creating non-toxic formulas, and designing more sustainable materials.
I’m off to LAX today and purchased offsets to offset my flight.
The average airplane trip uses about 90 kg of carbon per hour per person. That means that a cross country flight is about 360kg of carbon per person. Air travel is one of the biggest carbon emitters for individuals so being mindful about travel can help you reduce your footprint.
The cost of offsetting a cross country flight per person from New York to Los Angeles is around $7 -10.
Let's be clear. Your individual carbon footprint doesn't make much of a quantitative impact on global carbon emissions. 100 companies are responsible for more than 70% of global carbon emissions. That said, your individual actions can help qualitatively because they can create a culture shift - especially as you share the actions you are taking to support climate solutions.
Yes, offsets are controversial. How do you know if companies are using using the offsets for the projects that claim. I use offsets that are approved by the EPA program certifier GreenE. And, of course, The airline industry must shift to more sustainable fuels. In the meantime, I buy offsets for my air travel. It’s not perfect by any means but I feel like I’m doing my part to send a signal we need change. Also, have the pandemic travel has taken a bigger priority to me. I use @terrapassofficial .
I'm channeling my Inner Influencer today.
And check out my book for more ideas based on YOUR Service Superpower. Join our community - and pick up this campaign any time that works for you. You can do it at your own pace or with friends and family. We all can do our part to create a greener, healthier, more just future.
And if you're on TikTok, be sure to follow OneGreenThing there. Here's our latest TikTok from LAX.