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What is Carbon Offsetting?
“Our everyday actions consume energy and produce carbon dioxide emissions, for example, driving a car, heating a home or flying. Offsetting is a way of compensating for the emissions produced with an equivalent carbon dioxide saving” (DEFRA).
Carbon offsetting is not a cure but what it does do is help reduce the impact of our actions.
Planting trees is one of the easiest ways to offset your carbon footprint and become carbon neutral. Trees absorb carbon dioxide to produce oxygen and wood as part of the process of photosynthesis, which allows them to grow. Through this process CO2 is converted into stored carbon, thereby removing it from the atmosphere and offsetting our polluting lifestyles. It is estimated that each tree planted ‘offsets’ your environmental impact by ‘breathing’ in about 0.734 tonnes CO2e over its lifetime. If the average person needs to save about 9.2 tonnes of CO2 per year, then planting just 13 trees each year will go some way to helping you become carbon neutral.