Carbon offsets, or carbon neutral flights, is when you calculate the environmental impact of your activities, in this case flights, and a price is allotted as to how much that impact actually cost. Then you give that amount to a carbon offset program which can range from tree planting to wind turbines.
The following are just some of the several hundreds of programs out there to make your next flight a carbon neutral one.
- Native Energy
From the website: "NativeEnergy helps you help build Native American, farmer-owned, community based renewable energy projects that create social, economic, and environmental benefits."
- Carbon Fund
This U.S. based, non-profit organization has carbon offset projects that include reforestation and renewable energy projects.
- Sustainable Travel International(STI)
This not-for-profit organization, based in the U.S., is geared towards education and outreach services with a focus on the effects of travel and tourism. Supports several projects around the world.
- Carbon Neutral
Based in the UK, Carbon Neutral has several projects in different parts of the world.
- Uniglobe Travel Canada
When you travel with Uniglobe Travel, you can purchase carbon offset certificates, with the money then invested in sustainable technology projects in Canada.
- Ben and Jerry
The icecream makers support NativeEnergy, a tribal-owned company, which is constructing a wind farm in South Dakota.
- Climate Friendly
This Australian company has projects that include wind energy in Australia and New Zealand.
Based in California, Terrapass is involved in several projects as linked to above.
- Zero Footprint
This not-for-profit organization for U.S. and Canadian residents gives you different packages of offset options.
This U.K. based organization plants trees as a carbon offset and has maps of where their current projects are located.
- An Inconvenient Truth
The official site of the Al Gore documentary may not be a site to purchase carbon offsets but it can give you a lot of information about climate change so that you can decide your own course of action.