An organization based in Miami, Florida has launched a web application that simplifies the process of offsetting the carbon footprint of an individual or a business.
More information is available at https://www.carbondivest.org
CarbonDivest.org’s app allows users to calculate their carbon emissions using a web calculator and offset them by sponsoring one of the group’s environmental projects.
The app can measure the total carbon dioxide produced in one’s house, as well as those created by car, motorbike, bus, and commercial aircraft commute.
Determining a house’s carbon footprint involves summing up the energy produced from electricity, natural gas, heating oil, and other types of fuel and then dividing it by the number of people in the house.
For vehicles, the app is capable of calculating emissions using the car’s mileage, model, manufacturing date, and efficiency.
The app can also measure the value of emissions generated by food, pharmaceuticals, clothing, computers, recreational activities, and more. This is done by entering one’s total spending in each category per month or per year.
Business users can also use the app to calculate their greenhouse gas emissions, but those who want a more accurate measurement can contact the group directly.
After making its calculations, the app will provide several green projects that the user can support to offset their carbon footprint score. For example, a person who has generated a total of 4.6 tons can donate $35.05 at $7.62 per ton to offset the total emission value.
The projects that users can sponsor are found in Central America and South America. CarbonDivest.org’s portfolio of carbon reduction programs covers carbon avoidance, renewable energy generation, and support to the indigenous population.
Current projects include delivering food, water, medicine, and solar energy to the Mayans in Guatemala; supporting 15 indigenous tribes in the Guainia, Colombia, so they can care for their land; and helping Colombians bring back the native plants around Laguna de Tota, the largest lake in Colombia.
According to the group, they have chosen to support indigenous peoples as they are the landowners and caretakers of oxygen-producing rainforests. They stated that more projects will be added over time.
Data gathered by Statista shows that the average American produces 14.95 metric tons of carbon dioxide, which is the highest in the world.
More information on how to support the organization’s projects can be found at the URL above.
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