I spent Friday afternoon at a meeting on Planetary Health. It was interesting. But mainly terrifying. As we all know there is a long, tragic and growing list of environmental disasters and ecological collapse happening right now. And it makes for very grim listening when it is reported in one hit ranging from melting permafrost to dying reefs. Did you know there was a forest fire on Greenland this year?!
I was also reminded me that I wanted to start offsetting my greenhouse emissions from flights. This was something Andrew Balmford posted about a couple of months ago. And it really is as easy as Andrew said: it took me about 3 minutes to calculate the tonnes of CO2 a few recent and forthcoming flights will generate and then make an equivalent donation to help protect the wonderful Gola Rainforest. It is only a very small gesture of course, but as Andrew said, at $10 for each tonne of CO2 we offset, it is a tiny fraction of the cost of a trip. I am committing to do this every time I fly.
If every eco-traveller. let alone every airline passenger, followed it would really start to make a difference. Please spread the word.