We always considered flying as our ultimate option when traveling. Not only is it harmful for the environment, but it also disables all the important aspects of traveling overland and only leaves you with the A and the Z. All letters in between are missing.
But what to do when you get a visa rejected? Or the border is closed due to military conflicts? Or when your holiday lasts for 2 weeks and you want to reach the other corner of the world? The conscious answer would be: find an alternative plan, e.g change the overland route to a more feasible one or your holiday destination to a closer one. But what if changing plans involve paying a big amount of money or overstaying the visa of the current country and heading back home is a no-go? It happened to us more than one time and unfortunately we had to use our last resort: flying.
What if every time you use an airplane the harmful CO2 emission could be compensated by helping projects that do exactly the opposite: Preventing / reducing CO2 emissions? Well, Atmosfair does exactly that. Analyzing parameters like distance, type of aircraft, engine, passenger capacity utilization etc, the flight emission calculator gives a relatively precise estimation of your CO2 footprint. It’s a bit scary to look at those numbers – some of us might fly just once in a year, but in those few hours high in the sky we can easily contribute to the Earth’s warming as much as driving a car over one year.
How it works:
- Airline passengers make a voluntary climate protection payment based on the amount of emissions they create.
- Atmosfair uses the contributions to support different carefully evaluated projects of four different categories:
Development and implementation of efficient solutions for cooking in developing countries.
Establishing the use of biomass and bio gas as renewable sources of energy production.
Advancing the use of sunlight, wind and water as sources of energy production.
Supporting environmental education projects in schools.
Only such projects that comply with Gold Standard Certified Emissions Reduction are supported by Atmosfair. Of all comparable CO2 offset providers, only Atmosfair is recommended by Greenpeace.
Many of the supported projects are located in developing countries, in which profitable side effects for the local people are created while saving CO2 emissions, like creating reliable access to energy and sources of heat.
What to do now:
- Create an account on Atmosfair
- Calculate the CO2 footprint of your flight by providing all the data required
- Fill in the amount of emissions you want to offset by donating an amount of money of your choice
- Confirm the payment
More information about the project can be found here: https://www.atmosfair.de/en