Easier then ever to reveal your shame!
Now it is easier than ever to calculate your carbon footprint for a trip involving air travel! The Carbon Planet Flight Emissions Calculator will take each leg of your trip and figure out how much emission you are at fault for irresponsibly spewing into the fragile atmosphere. For example, one round trip between Chicago Midway and New York’s JFK will emit 0.7 metric tons of carbon dioxide. For an analysis of how absolutely minute airline emissions are, see our previous post on the matter.
But wait, there’s more!
Not only can you find out the extent of your shame, the site even provides an opportunity to purchase credits to offset your emissions! This is a prime example of independent companies (unless they are secretly sponsored by the airlines) turning climate change into an economic tool. For only AU$25, you can feel better about emitting carbon dioxide at a concentration less than a drop of food coloring in Lake Michigan (approximation, not a scientific calculation). The Carbon Planet organization even admits to being focused on providing “sustainable revenue streams” by helping companies issue carbon credits. We’ve predicted this effect of the climate change movement and are seeing it come to fruition. Kudos to a company in a free market capitalizing on an opportunity; it’s just a shame that it coincides with the endorsement of a faulty political movement.