Travelers tend to make gigantic, wedge-heeled, flared platformed-sized carbon footprints. Its not your fault, really, but between all the fab amenities, gasoline used, water bottles spent, cabs taken and charing your iPhone so you can use Grindr to find the gays—traveling leaves a big ol’ drag queen sized footprint on our planet. For that, I wish I could punch climate change in the neck. Or…like…drop a pissed-off, switchblade-yielding little Kenya Michaels down its pants. Sigh. Apologies for the violent images (and assuming climate change is wearing pants—maybe its going for that whole Sarah Palin Pencil Skirt thing) but, really, this whole climate change debate is getting exasperating. And sickening. Reading about all the cool things climate change, no wait, let’s bring it old school—global warming will destroy is enough to ruin a good summer’s day. Since our world leaders can’t all get along on this one, some private companies and non profits are helping to put the power in your hands. Here’s 5 that make it easy to feel better about yourself next time you’re lazing away in your hotel’s rain shower.
With cute packages that let you offset your dorm or wedding, this company that supports alternative energy and helping to clean up toxic landfills makes it kinda fun to slim down on the carbon.
Your donations to this NPO balance your platform shoe-sized carbon foot print by helping reforest the jungle, support wind and solar energy and about a zillion other energy saving programs around the globe.
Think of this as your way of protecting gay New Orleans. Their Go Zero program focuses specifically on the Gulf Coast.
Turn your sneaker print into a stiletto! Since 1997, donations have helped put over 50 wind and solar energy facilities around the country.
First measure your carbon footprint size (In US or European sizes) and then buy credits that go to planting trees and supporting international energy saving projects.>hr>
Matt Bell is a New York based travel and style writer who contributes regularly to Esquire.com and Essential Homme Magazine. He has also written for Out.com, Next Magazine, American Spa Magazine and was the Senior Editor for Genre Magazine.
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