You're the kind of person that cares. You recycle. You turn off the lights when you leave the house. Maybe you wear underwear multiple days in a row to save water, I don't want to know. But, no matter how great our efforts, we still leave a carbon footprint that impacts the environment.
This Christmas I'm giving you the gift of erasing 10-20+ years off your carbon footprint through a donation to Cool Earth. This awesome charity provides an independently verified, cost-effective way to offset your carbon footprint by preventing rainforest deforestation through empowering local communities. Enjoy the peace of mind knowing you haven't left the world worse off than you found it.
I'll leave you to poke around their website if you want to know more, but here's how I got the numbers.
The Math: According to Cool Earth, your gift is responsible for 346 tons of C02 offset. This was donated during a donor-match program, doubling the effect (692 tons!!). The average American's carbon footprint is around 16 tons of Co2. So, according to Cool Earth, your gift is responsible for offsetting 43 years of your carbon footprint. This is amazing, but a little optimistic.
Digging a little deeper I found GiveWell.org, a third party charity evaluator that estimated this donation offsets at least 200 tons of Co2. Doubling that with the donor match and using an overestimated 20 tons CO2 a year for your carbon footprint, this donation offsets 20 years of your carbon footprint.
Allowing for a generous margin of error on top of that, enjoy at least 10 years off your carbon footprint! What an awesome, round number. Almost like I planned it.
Have a clean, cool Christmas,
https://www.coolearth.org/cool-earth-carbon/-Estimates Co2 offset to be 346.6 tons per donation. Seemed a bit generous to me.
https://data.worldbank.org/indicator/EN.ATM.CO2E.PC?locations=US-Estimates average US person contributes about 16 tons of CO2, used 20 tons as a high-end estimate.
https://www.givingwhatwecan.org/report/cool-earth/https://www.givingwhatwecan.org/post/2013/11/less-burn-for-your-buck-part-ii/-Estimates cost to be somewhere between .$0.38 - $0.9 per tCO2eq offset-Using 200t/Co2 as an estimate so the numbers are nice, but the increased estimate of average use should make up for the low-end estimate here.
If you'd like to know more about Effective Altruism and how your dollar can make the biggest difference, I'd highly suggest reading Doing Good Better (Don't want to spend the money? Send me an email and I'll buy it for you).
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