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 a 2-day vacation across the country, including flights, hotel stays and your rental car.
|Hotel||0.093 MT CO2|
|Flights||1.15 MT CO2|
|Driving||0.1004 MT CO2|
|Total||1.3434 MT CO2|
Hotels emit about 31kg of CO2 per room per night, if a person stays at a hotel for 3 nights they would emit a total of 93 kg CO2.
31kg CO2 x 3 days = 93 kg CO2
In order to convert 93kg CO2 into metric tons CO2 we use the conversion factor 0.001 and get 0.093 MT CO2
93 kg CO2 x 0.001 = 0.093 MT CO2
We are going to assume your domestic flight is across the country, so 5,000 km one way, and 10,000 kilometres both ways.
Planes emit 115g CO2 per kilometer. We use the conversion factor 0.000001 to get from grams to metric tons and we get 0.000115 MT of CO2 per kilometer of air travel.
115grams x 0.000001 = 0.000115 MT CO2
A domestic flight would be a 10,000km round trip. Since each kilometer emits 0.000115 MT CO2, we multiply this by the total number of kilometres and get a total of 1.15 MT CO2.
10,000 km x 0.000115 MT CO2 = 1.15 MT CO2
Let’s assume during this getaway you rent a car and drive 400km for sightseeing activities.
The average car uses about 404 grams of CO2 per mile. To translate from miles to kilometres, we divide miles by 1.609, and simultaneously divide grams by 1.609. This means the average car uses about 251 grams of C02 per mile.
(divide by 1.609) 1: 404grams (divide by 1.609)
In order to calculate the total carbon emissions during the weekend, we multiply 251 grams CO2/km by 400km of travel.
251grams CO2 x 400km = 100,400grams CO2
In order to change grams CO2 into MT CO2 we use the conversion factor 0.000001.
100,400grams CO2 x 0.000001 = 0.1004 MT CO2
If we combine emissions from the hotel and flights we get a total of 1.3434 MT CO2
0.093 MT + 1.15 MT + 0.1004 = 1.3434 MT CO2
Link - Hotel Emissions - https://considerategroup.com/carbon-emissions/
Link - Car Emissions - https://www.epa.gov/greenvehicles/greenhouse-gas-emissions-typical-passenger-vehicle