Go to this site, which was set up in conjunction with the film, and calculate your family’s annual carbon dioxide emission. You can then follow the link to "reduce your impact with Native Energy" by buying a carbon certificate that offsets your family’s carbon emissions.
Basically, your purchase helps fund renewable energy and reforestation projects that reduce global warming. By linking your purchase to your own energy consumption, you are making your household "carbon neutral." It cost me a mere $60 to offset my entire carbon emission for the year. What a deal. In fact, I rounded up to $100, so I offset some of your carbon emission, too. (You can thank me later.)
Sound crazy? The US Department of Energy doesn’t think so. Here is a link to their list of organizations that sell carbon credits. Feel free to shop around.
Still not sure? Here’s a link to a pretty clear, concise explanation of how it works. Some organizations also buy carbon credits, taking them off the market and therefore making it more likely that a company would have to reduce pollution rather than buy credits. (read up on that here if you’re interested.)
Yes, there’s lots more that we can all do to make sure that our gardens don’t end up under water or in the middle of a desert over the next few decades. And yes, turning pollution into a free market commodity is far from an ideal solution. But this is a start, and it felt awfully damn good.
We now return to our regularly-scheduled ranting.Posted by Amy Stewart on July 2, 2006 at 10:38 pm, in the category Real Gardens.