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What Was Your Carbon Footprint in 2008? Has Flexible Options to Offset It

Posted Dec 12 2008 12:23pm

Reduce What You Can, Offset What You Can’t

Since the United States is a world leader per capita in greenhouse gas emissions which cause global warming, the statistic of 24 tons of carbon generated per year per capita is a powerful one. Now, I get just as jolly during the holiday season as anyone but with the news about global warming worsening month by month, I would be negligent if I didn’t encourage all of my readers to embrace carbon offsets once the buzz of Christmas and New Year’s has passed.

So, have you taken the time to calculate how much carbon you generated in 2008? If not, there’s a set of handy carbon calculators which I highly recommend at

Once you have calculated the number, there’s another key point to ponder. Unless, like me, you lived carbon-neutral during 2008, you must offset your carbon emissions. If you have followed my work here for some time, then you know that I endorse and use several services to purchase my carbon credits. Lately, I have covered with growing intensity because of the impressive manner in which the company innovates. The subject of today’s post merely is the latest.

The hustle and bustle of the holiday shopping season makes it easy to forget the volume of pollution involved. In a previous post, I mentioned The Story Of Stuff, a wonderful online movie which I give my highest recommendation. The most important theme of that landmark creation is that the true environmental expenses of modern life are hidden in the industrialized world.

When we factor in the enormous pressures toward materialism which come with the holiday shopping season, we strip away decades of natural resources from the planet in the course of just a few weeks’ time. As if that weren’t bad enough, we leave a trail of waste which winds up in such places as dumps and landfills as well as smog in our skies and hundreds of tons of carbon in the upper atmosphere.

What can you do? Offset the damage.

Even if your gifts all have been opened, you can purchase Holiday ClimateTags from These nifty virtual gifts make it possible for you to offset some or all of the carbon emissions caused by your celebration of the holidays and the entry price point is quite low, just $10 for an entire ton.

Visit today and purchase one or more Holiday ClimateTags. You’ll feel jolly when you’re done.

Fomenting the Triple Bottom Line

Corbett Kroehler

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