Surfing the net
This climate+ package assumes the average North American does 15 google searches, and spends about three hours on their phone every day. It's okay, we always support learning
NEUTRAL IS NOT ENOUGH.
Climate+ is the action of going beyond net zero. It means doing more than just offsetting your carbon footprint - by creating an environmental benefit by removing additional carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
We know that one of the most sustainable and cost-effective ways to accomplish this is by planting trees. Climate+ is a community of tree planters, rehabilitating our Earth, and having fun while we’re at it.
How can we do better?
There’s no such thing as a perfect environmentalist, don’t be discouraged by your ability to make meaningful changes. Big change can start as as small as:
- Turning your thermostat down by 2 degrees.
- Wearing clothes more than once before washing them.
- Bike, walk or ride the bus to work!
- Switch over to LED bulbs and smart appliances.
- Try buying local, seasonal fruits and vegetables.
- Use waxed cloth instead of plastic wrap for food.
- Remember your reusable bags, mugs and cutlery for all outings.
The impact of trees
Did you know that trees combat climate change? We have tonnes (literally) of excess carbon dioxide in our air. Trees do something called ‘sequestering carbon’, it’s their way of cleaning our air, and eliminating harmful elements from the earth. They do that by absorbing the C02, and storing the carbon. Not only do trees sequester carbon, they also produce oxygen. Next time you’re outside, take a nice deep breath of fresh air, and thank the nearest tree.
As we work to fight global warming, we can also thank the trees for cooling our earth. They provide shade, and their leaves release water vapor, cooling the planet even more. Just ten trees can offset the impact of a weekend road trip, a lifetime of iphones or even your drunken 2am hamburger habit.
Tree planting has a meaningful impact that reaches far beyond carbon sequestration. They provide homes for wildlife, and in areas like Madagascar, the crab and fish populations provide additional food sources and income for the locals. In addition to the environmental benefits, we employ people from local communities. This extends our impact far beyond environmentalism. These are the building blocks of a long lasting and sustainable restoration project.
We recognize that there are lots of ways to offset carbon, but are confident that our tree planting initiatives provide the most meaningful, holistic and verified impact on our Earth.
What does offsetting mean to tentree?
To tentree, neutrality isn’t change, so ‘offsetting’ means going beyond neutral and doing something positive for our planet. We don’t agree with the idea that simply doing no harm will equate to change, we’re here on this beautiful earth, ready to do some good.
We want to make offsetting easy, understandable, accessible, fun, and impactful. Our climate+ packages aim to do just that.
Where do we plant your trees?
Our Earth Day Climate+ packages will allow us to work with our partners to plant many species of trees including mangroves in the coastal regions of Madagascar and Indonesia. Mangrove trees are one of the most efficient carbon sequestering trees in the world and planting them provides much more than a carbon impact for our planet. We are incredibly grateful for our planting partners, like Eden Reforestation Projects who are on the ground making things happen.
This climate+ package assumes the average North American does 15 google searches, and spends about three hours on their phone every day. It’s okay, we always support learning.
|Internet Searches||0.05475 MT CO2|
|Phone Usage||4.2 MT CO2|
|Total||4.25475 MT CO2|
Each web search emits 10g of CO2. The average person does 3-4 searches per day, around the globe. Let’s assume in North America this number is closer to 15 google searches per day. In order to get total emissions per day, we multiply 10g of CO2 by 15 to get 150g of CO2. 15 x 10gCO2 = 150g CO2 per day In order to get annual emissions, we multiply 150g of CO2 per day by 365 days which equals 57,750 g CO2 per year. 150g CO2 x 365 days = 54,750 g CO2 per year In order to get grams of CO2 into metric tons, we multiply 54,750 grams by the conversion factor 0.000001 and get 0.05475 MT CO2. 54,750 grams CO2 x 0.000001 = 0.05475 MT CO2
If a person uses their phone for one hour per day over a year they would emit 1.4 tons of CO2. Given most people use their phone for about 3-4 hours per day, let’s multiply 1.4 tons of CO2 emissions for one hour per day by 3 hours. 1.4 tons CO2 per hour x 3 hours = 4.2 MT CO2
Link - Amount of Searches - https://bluelist.co/blog/google-stats-and-facts/
Link - Phone Emissions - https://nypost.com/2019/05/01/a-year-of-cell-phone-use-emits-as-much-CO2-as-two-round-trip-flights/