by Jeff Mertz, TWP Carbon Offset Partner
Right after my daughter was born in 2004, I started thinking of ways to balance the carbon effects of my behavior as an offering to her future. Many of the things that I first considered in 2004 have now become part of our ecologically-friendly household: recycling, composting, gardening, trying to use the car only when necessary, walking and cycling whenever possible, purchasing carbon offsets, and installing a 4 kW solar array on our roof.
I found Trees, Water & People (TWP) when I did an internet search for agencies that operate carbon offsetting programs. I liked what I read about TWP’s programs, including installing solar air heaters and providing green job training for Native American communities and doing reforestation and clean cookstove projects in Latin America. In 2008, I started planting trees with the help of TWP. To date, 1,850 trees have been planted on my behalf and I have offset 185 tons of carbon.
While many people aspire to become “carbon neutral,” I want to take the idea a step further and become “carbon negative.” I like to think that the activities described above have effectively cancelled my carbon footprint but I do not believe that I should stop there. TWP’s tree planning program provides a simple means of furthering that intention.
For more information about how you can offset your environmental impact please visit TWP’s website.