Some information to help Carbon calculators used: Atmosfair. A German website that sells offsets and has an air travel calculator at https://www.atmosfair.de/en/kompensieren/flug Carbon Footprint. An British website that sells offsets and has a number of carbon calculators at http://www.carbonfootprint.com/calculator.aspx; click the “Flights” tab Carbon calculators vary in sophistication. For instance, Atmosfair’s climate impact calculator includes … Continue reading Traveling Thoughtfully
We in the U.S. have put more greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere than any other nation, by far. (See also: Putting ourselves on a low-carbon budget) For many of us, air travel is our biggest contribution to CO2 emissions. But reducing our carbon footprint doesn’t mean no more fun vacations. It does mean using … Continue reading Adventure travel with a low carbon footprint
For a variety of reasons (to be covered in another article elsewhere), I have decided on investing my retirement savings in low-fee index funds that broadly reflect the US and international stock markets (leading me to Vanguard). At this point in time, I’d like to be able to do this by removing as many of … Continue reading Attempting to create a low fossil fuel investment plan
“It’s too huge! Where to start?!” I encourage you to narrow down the topic to one or perhaps two areas that really interest and energize you. Then find others with similar interests if possible, roll up your sleeves and get to work! But remember also to take time to rest and to do things that … Continue reading Why is it so hard sometimes to actually do something positive? And how might we get beyond that?
Climate Solutions: practical solutions to climate change
Solar Bonds by SolarCity — these are potentially problematic. Third round of debt by SolarCity that are are not tied to any particular solar investment, meaning that if SolarCity goes belly-up, you will be fairly far back in line to get your money back.
Mosaic impact investing — not available everywhere
I’ve spent a lot of time wrestling with what should the actual cost of my lifestyle should be. I’ve played with a ton of carbon calculators and spreadsheet, trying to measure my carbon footprint (getting lots of precision and very little persuasive accuracy) and I’ve also spent a lot of time exploring carbon offsets and … Continue reading A self-imposed carbon tax
I am currently thinking about carbon from three main approaches: My personal carbon footprint Current actions: create a carbon footprint budget spreadsheet similar to retirement spreadsheet to update annually. Identify carbon offsets(NW Natural offsets look good, Pacific Power less clearly) and renewable energy that I’m comfortable supporting. Keep trying to consume as little as possible. Share … Continue reading Approach to climate change and my actions