Eco

Verde Idea – Carbon Offsets

My eco-brides often ask me: “How do we incorporate carbon offsets in our wedding?”

Global warming refers to the recent increase in the Earth’s temperature. The effects of this climate change are already being felt around the world. It is agreed that global warming is caused by greenhouse gases emitted by humans into the earth’s atmosphere. The biggest contributor is carbon dioxide, which is generated by burning fossil fuels such as coal, oil or gas. Every time you drive your car or fly in a plane, you are contributing directly to the Earth’s change in climate. Most of the world’s electricity is also generated from these fuels, despite renewable alternatives such as wind and solar power.

The ideal solution to this problem would be for everyone to stop driving, flying, and using electricity. However, this is not going to happen in our lifetimes.

Enter carbon offsets. Before buying offsets, you calculate the quantity of carbon you emit by flying, driving or using electricity. You then pay for a project (solar, wind, or hydroelectric power, for instance) that reduces carbon emissions by this same amount. Since greenhouse gases circulate freely in the atmosphere, this project can be located anywhere in the world.

One of my best sources is CarbonFund.org. As you prepare for the beginning of a new life together, it is important to share this special time with friends and family. Your wedding is a celebration of the future, and now you can make it a celebration for our planet’s future as well!

Travel, whether by air or car, emits large amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere, and for most weddings is the biggest contributor to your wedding’s carbon footprint. Wedding Wire has partnered with CarbonFund.org to bring you a new tool for your Wedding Website. Use their carbon calculator to determine te level of carbon dioxide your wedding events will emit into the air and give your guests the opportunity to contribute to your ZeroCarbon wedding!

www.CarbonFund.org/Weddings

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