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One Flight = HOW Much CO2?! Slashing my holiday footprint …
Posted By Ginny Figlar Colón On December 3, 2008 @ 9:35 am In Eco Travel, Green Living | 5 Comments
I did the math in my head. We have one car that barely gets driven, a TV and DVD player that get unplugged when not in use , plus a diet free of meat — and I have to admit that I was feeling a bit overconfident when I plugged my numbers into the carbon calculator at www.carbonfootprint.com .
That is, until I entered my air travel habits.
Living abroad means I take one overseas trip every year. Sometimes two. Just one commercial flight creates about 184 kilograms of CO2 per passenger . And my transatlantic flight came out to 1.7 tons roundtrip. That’s a whopping 25 percent of my overall footprint (!!!), which added up to 7 tons of CO2. According to carbonfootprint.com, the average total footprint per person in industrialized countries is 11 tons, while the target is 2 tons to effectively combat climate change . So, clearly, I still have a long way to go to be part of the solution rather than the problem.
The timing of this realization couldn’t have come at a worse time — right in the middle of holiday travel planning . When we decided to cancel our trip back home to the States, my eco-conscience thanked me. Instead, we’ll be staying closer to home for our holiday getaway, taking the train  to somewhere here in Europe.
Of course, sometimes air travel can’t be avoided, especially this time of year. Here are some other ways to keep dirty travel miles to a minimum over the holidays and beyond:
Anyone else finding ways to reduce your carbon footprint  for the holidays?
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URLs in this post:
 unplugged when not in use: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/7-Surprising-Ways-to-Go-Greener-this-Earth-Day.html
 www.carbonfootprint.com: http://www.carbonfootprint.com
 Just one commercial flight creates about 184 kilograms of CO2 per passenger: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/Can-Airline-Emissions-Go-Less-than-Zero.html
 combat climate change: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/Climate-Change25-Things-You-Can-Do.html
 travel planning: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/TravelLight5TipsonPlanninganEcoFriendlierTrip.html
 opt for grapes grown nearby: http://www.greenyour.com/lifestyle/food-drink/wine/tips/choose-localwine?subject=8189
 www.greenyour.com: http://www.greenyour.com
 offset the carbon emissions created by shipping your order: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/GoZeroOneSimpleWayAnyoneCanHelpStopGlobalWarming.html
 eating foods in season: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/Benefits-of-Eating-Whats-in-Season-at-Your-Local-Farmers-Market.html
 eating local: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/Experts-Say-Eat-Local-for-Health-Planet-and-Wallet.html
 reduce your carbon footprint: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/30-Ways-You-Are-Saving-The-Earth.html
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