Last updated: May 19, 2021
While I do my best to live a relatively low carbon lifestyle by European standards, the majority of my emissions come from travel. The best solution here would be to reduce, but as an immigrant most of my travel emissions come from going home to spend quality time with my family, which I am unwilling to give up!
The next best option in the meantime is to offset the carbon I generate through these flights/drives. For this, I’ve selected a great organisation called Gold Standard, which supports sustainable projects that enable people in the Global South to transition immediately to green energy sources during their industrialisation, skipping fossil fuel burning and preventing carbon emissions in the long term. It isn’t as immediate or quantifiable as “tree planting” but I think it’s more meaningful to the communities they work with.
Currently, I am offsetting 1.5X the estimated carbon tonnage of each flight I take and 0.9X the estimated* carbon tonnage of personal vehicle usage. This website is designed to be emissions efficient and is powered by renewable energy.
* It’s hard to guess these figures accurately without creating a perfect log of my driving efficiency and milage. Instead, I use average emissions figures for my demographic to calculate this amount.
My wider carbon impact
- I have transitioned to an entirely plant based diet
- When renting private accommodation, I use renewable energy sources when available
- I am committed to decreasing my electronic, clothing, and white goods consumption
- I do not own a personal vehicle
- I am proud to be involved in climate activism
My digital footprint & privacy
I am trying to significantly reduce my digital footprint and secure rights to my data. To this end, I’ve started to delete or reduce my social media presence, and removed a large amount of data from public record.
All my professional files and correspondence are now stored on encrypted servers which I pay for and I am attempting to achieve this with a greater portion of my personal data. I request that companies I work for hold my data on private, encrypted servers.
It probably seems a little strange for me to have a public website despite these efforts, but I don’t believe that publicly accessible information is intrinsically bad. Rather, I want to drastically reduce the availability of that information to for-profit tech companies and governments.
Have any ideas or comments for me? Send me an email.