I recently celebrated a birthday and received to very unique gifts. One was from my friends Bill and Marie who gave me a years worth of carbon offsets from Carbonfund.org. What are carbon offsets? Carbon dioxide emissions globally are causing the Earth’s climate to change and warm, which will have catastrophic results if we do not act to reduce them. Carbon dioxide emissions are about 40% higher than they were before the Industrial Revolution and at their highest levels in recorded history, covering over 650,000 years. And the effects of climate change can be seen now. Temperatures are already increasing, glaciers are receding at unprecedented speeds, whole chunks of the Antarctic ice shelf are breaking off, warmer seasons are becoming longer, and storms are becoming more severe and causing more and more damage. Offsetting your carbon (or climate) footprint allows you to become part of the solution to climate change by supporting the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions equal to your carbon footprint. So thank you Bill and Marie. I will do my best to make my carbon offsets last longer than a year! To learn more, see www.carbonfund.org.
The other gift came in the form of a compliment. My friend Sean B., who is a fellow car enthusiast, told me that my newsletter/blog had prompted him to do some thinking about his car. Sean drove an E55 Mercedes, a very nice and fast car. However, Sean really didn’t get enjoy the 400+ horsepower shuttling his girls to school or himself to work so he decided to sell it and get a Toyota Camry hybrid. Sean has no regrets and is thoroughly enjoying his new hybrid - and making a lot fewer stops at his local Chevron station. Thank you!