Offsetting Residual Carbon Emissions

What is carbon offsetting?

Everyday human activity associated with our households, vacations, Ubers, and eating habits all contribute to unnecessary emissions of greenhouse gasses. These gasses, particularly Carbon Dioxide, are contributing to climate change and negatively impacting our world, and threatening our security. The oil, gas, and coal companies do share some of the blame here. However, it is our lifestyles, and consumer demand that these companies are satisfying.

Each of us need to take responsibility for our individual impacts. As someone who loves to travel, I’m aware that tourism, and particularly air travel, are some of the worst green house gas offenders. I also take several Ubers, eat lots of meat, wear fast fashion and am not always prudent with the heating and cooling of my apartment.

To address a portion of my individual impact I am committing to:

  • Offsetting my residual carbon emissions by contributing to conservation efforts that secure the eventual absorption of my carbon dioxide emissions or eliminate the future release of emissions from another source.
  • Going meat-less one day a week. Eating less meat by going meatless one day a week can contribute to efforts to reduce methane and carbon dioxide emissions.
  • Reduce my carbon footprint by being cognizant of the decisions I’m making.

January Carbon Offsets

tonnes CO2e
Offset Credit
Flight EWR to FLL and FLL to EWR0.54JetBlue
101.76 Uber Miles0.05– 0.05

February Carbon Offsets

ActivityCo2Offset Credit
Flight JFK to FLL and FLL to JFK0.55JetBlue

The Best Poem Ever Written: Desiderata, Max Ehrmann 1927

Fink Painting Max Ehrmann

I first found this 1920’s era poem in middle school. The poem was written by Max Ehrmann and was titled Desiderata, Latin for “things desired”. This poem spoke to me then and it still speaks to me now. It has since served as somewhat of a life-compass for me. I still re-read it when I need a dose of sensibility. Here’s the original poem.

I hope you like it as much as I do:

“Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble, it’s a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, it is as perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive him to be. And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.”1Bell v. Combined Registry Co., 397 F. Supp. 1241, No. 72 C 1819 (Dist. Court, ND Illinois 1975) (“…the court finds that the author and copyright proprietor, Max Ehrmann, both abandoned and forfeited the copyright in Desiderata.”). –

— Desiderata, Max Ehrmann 1927