Offsetting The CO2 Generated In Powering The Maintenance Of This Website
July 22, 2010
Well… It’s a fact. I’m a “green” minded individual. Green, eco-friendly, CO2 aware, tree hugging, peace loving, vegetable growing, tea-bag/egg shell composting, memes have riddled my mind and are hard at work doing their best to propagate – through my actions – a harmonious, utopian society whereby we can all live in balance with mother nature, without ever letting the total human population exceed 2.5 billion (don’t ask me why I choose 2.5 billion) at any one time, and where we all grow our own food, generate our own power, and have totally given up our maddening “crack/heroin” like addiction to oil… Along with all the resulting ‘fantastic plastic’ that comes with it. Yes… I know, it’s pretty “out there” what goes on in my mind sometimes.
And as I sit here and write about my journeys into understanding what We, as human beings, in actual fact are… Thinking about how we might better modify our ways of living to adapt to the limited resources of a single planet, mainly through changing our perception about the ‘human condition,’ so as to provide a better, more developed understanding, about how We all – that is, ALL Life here on Earth – are interconnected into one big web of a complex interdependent biological system, all set within a stupendously delicate eco-system based on the surface of a planet that we call home… I couldn’t help but begin to think about all the energy I was using to power my computer, where that energy was coming from, along with all the resulting CO2 that was being generated in the process.
To be fair, I spend about 8 hours a week maintaining, researching and writing the articles for this website… And on top of that I spend about another 6-12 hours over a five day week in front of our studio computer, editing and composing soundscapes. So my energy consumption goes up markedly for one person. Thus I’ve been busy doing my best to balance my carbon footprint with other countering behavioural patterns… I planted two apple trees the other year, and presently grow many of my own vegetables in my front yard… Not to mention I avoid almost all plastic packaging and have even given up my car… Yes. I gave up my car a few months ago. Total bummer in some ways… But now I’m cycling everywhere, and I’ve got to say it’s really forced me to plan my journey’s more effectively so as to do several things all at once rather than simply jumping in the car every time I need a pint of soya milk down the corner shop… And thus I have found that I’ve got a lot more spare time on my hands… !? Plus I’ve noticed I’m getting fitter!
But all that aside… I couldn’t help but wonder about all the people who couldn’t do this, simply because of time or financial restraints, their remote geographical location, or even because they didn’t have a garden to grow things in. I mean, was there anything out there to help them offset their carbon outputs?
While pondering this, I clicked onto a a friend’s blog in order to find some inspiration… And there it was, in the top right hand corner of the webpage!
Seems that Ixpo, a British manufacturing company that specialises in retail sign manufacture, has decided to donate part of their profits every year to the American National Forest Foundation, in order to offset/cover the CO2 generated through their manufacturing processes. And, for all those of you who don’t have the space, the time, the finances or even the inclination to grow a tree yourself, so as to offset your own carbon footprints from your web-surfing and other internet habits… Ixpo operates a policy where by, if you mention their initiative on your website or blog, they will plant a tree for you… And do so at no cost what-so-ever to you! No doubt, it doesn’t really matter where the trees are grown, whether here in the UK or in the USA, etc… as there is only one atmosphere on this planet… One which we are all sharing with every breath!
So if you’re a blogger and feel like you should be doing something about offsetting the CO2 generated by blogging or web-surfing habits, then click this link below and send Ixpo and E-mail… As much of a cliché as it is… Every little helps!
To find out more about the National Forest Foundation please click here.
Or to find out more about Vanessa Procter’s “Eco-Strip Down” blog, please click here.
Or to find out about how you can cut reduce your CO2 emissions, and offset them, please click here.