Stay Balanced

Flying stresses you and the planet out.

If you are flying, you are adding a significant amount of planet-warming gases to the atmosphere. Flying for many Bay area residents is a large portion of their carbon footprint and what has put us well over the national average of CO2 per household. Frankly, it is embarrassing that we are at close to double the national average of carbon dioxide emissions.

Overall, the aviation industry accounts for 11 percent of all transportation-related emissions in the United States. Take one round-trip flight between New York and California, and you have contributed about 2 (3 tons in business class) of CO2 emissions directly into the atmosphere. If it is not offset it has an estimated environmental cost in real terms of about $1200 by 2050. If you really aren’t able to reduce your total flights there are some ways to make your airplane travel a little bit greener.

CoolEffect.org is a great organization to help you offset your carbon emissions. They have an exciting portfolio of projects to choose from with a myriad of added development benefits that sequester and drawdown emissions while protecting habitat and reducing poverty. It is the perfect tax-deductable way to balance your carbon footprint. Ten tonnes of CO2 mitigation cost about $100 yet it’s rare to find a donation that could do as much good as this. They also have fantastic online tools and visualizations. If you live in the Bay Area, there are several projects in Marin county that you can indirectly offset your emissions by donating to the Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT), GGNRA or Fibershed.org. Although these are not authorized carbon offsets it keeps money circulating in Marin that is restoring land here for carbon storage and sequestration. A donation of $15 – $30 per tonne of CO2 is recommended if wish to offset in Marin.