Your carbon footprint is the total amount of GHGs (Greenhouse Gas Emissions) that you emit every day. Whether you’re stuck in traffic, working at your computer, or cooking dinner for your family, there’s a pretty good chance that you’re racking up an invisible carbon debt. Because it can be tough to connect seemingly innocuous daily activities with very real consequences like pollution and a warming planet, it’s important to calculate your footprint—and then take steps to reduce it.
Most carbon calculators account for location (some states and countries rely on dirty sources of power, while others use more renewable energy), household size, home heating and electrical usage, mileage, and air travel. Once your consumption has been calculated, each reported activity is measured against its respective emissions factor to determine your footprint.
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Flights are energy-intensive and are heavily reliant on fossil fuels. Unfortunately, it is hard for travellers to see the effects of air travel on the environment given air fares don't account for the environmental impact of flying. And because aircrafts are known to have negative atmospheric effects when the emissions are released in to the atmosphere, air travel has a large impact on our climate.
However, there is good news! Amongst many other ways of offsetting the carbon impacts of your air travel, planting trees is one of them. In fact, one mature tree can absorb a whopping 48 pounds of carbon a year. Start by using the calculator below to find out how many trees you would need to plant to offset your flight!