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Sustainable Travel

We love traveling. It broadens horizons and creates a transformative experience for both the traveler and the community enabling each to become catalysts for change.

That change should be positive, however, we often travel carelessly. This section will help detail the importance of sustainable travel, how it can be done, and how we can reduce carbon emissions.

Fact

Did you know that less than 1% of travelers offset their flight’s carbon emission?

1 ton of CO2 equals roughly

1429

washing/laundry machine washes

490

showers each 10min long

521

watching television

What is climate change?

When we speak about climate change we speak about the change of the climate on earth. There is a significant impact on both humans and nature when changes begin occurring that move the scale of natural balance one way or the other. The term “climate change” itself only refers to the overall climate condition. It does not indicate whether climate warms or cools down.

It has been scientifically proven, that the earth’s climate has steadily been increasing. This climate change is coined “global warming”. Global warming not only increases the temperature of the atmosphere, but it also increases sea temperatures and water levels due to melting snow and ice (ice caps and glaciers).

The various causes of climate change are categorized and are often grouped down into two:

  1. Man-made: greenhouse gas emissions
  2. Natural: solar activity, continental drift, earth axis, etc)

When we speak of climate change we speak of the man-made climate change or in scientific terms “anthropogenic climate change.”

What are the consequences of climate change?

Natures balance and the equilibrium of our temperature is being affected by climate change. This temperature (im)balance has long-reaching effects on both the environment and people. Bluntly put, individual weather events cannot be linked to climate change (yet), however, the overall extremity of weather events taking place can systematically be proven and linked to climate change.

Other factors that this imbalance in temperature causes is: extremely high temperatures, higher seawater temperatures, less extreme low temperatures, increase in seawater levels, heavy rainfall, melting of snow, ice caps and permafrost.

The effect this has on society includes: hunger and water crisis, health risks from increasing temperatures (heat waves), economic impacts, pests and pathogens are spread, loss of biodiversity as species die out due to the inability to adapt to rising temperatures.

What is CO₂ and what are the primary sources?

CO2 also known as Carbon Dioxide is a colorless and odorless gas. You may not know, but it is a natural component that is found in our air and is part of the overall carbon cycle.

However, we humans are increasing the amount of CO2 that is released within this natural cycle through the burning of fossil fuels such as brown coal, hard coal, natural gas, and petroleum. The rapid increase of CO2 that is being released into the air is not only the primary driver of the current climate change, it is also one of the reasons our oceans are acidifying.

What does sustainability mean?

Sustainability can be broken down into a simple statement – sustainable development is the development that satisfies the needs of the present without adversely affecting the ability of future generations to satisfy their needs. That is what sustainability is all about.

The importance of economic, social and ecological sustainability was set forth in 1992 in Rio de Janeiro at the Earth Summit. The concept that was put forth was the interconnectedness of environment, society, and economy;

  • Economic, social and ecological processes are interconnected
  • Sustainable development is more than just environmental protection. It’s about satisfying material and immaterial needs through economic prosperity and stable society viewing through an intergenerational lens.
  • Sustainable development involves long term structural shift in the economy and society to reduce resource consumption while maintaining economic efficiency and social cohesion.
Our polar ice caps are melting at an alarming rate of 9% per decade!
The thickness of the Arctic Ice has decreased by 40% since the 1960s.
Without the ice caps, that amount of heat will be absorbed by our oceans and will cause ocean temperatures to rise. Warmer ocean temperatures will mean more frequent and more intense weather events.
If the current rate of global temperature rise continues, the Arctic will be free of Ice by 2040.

Why is this important?

We at myCiity believe that the topic of climate change, global warming, and carbon offsetting is one of urgency.

Traveling is absolutely amazing. It opens our minds, allows us to meet new people, learn new things, share in cultures, taste new foods, be astounded at the beauty of mother nature, however, most of us are not aware or perhaps do not care of the price traveling brings along with it.

In today’s’ day and age, traveling has become cheap and hence accessible to the masses. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the “why” of traveling, yet it is the “how” of travel that raises concerns. That is why we at myCiity believe in the importance of carbon offsetting. It is our goal to not only provide an independent travel platform, but to create awareness, contribute to projects, and offset carbon emissions rapidly to reduce the current environmental crisis.

FAQ

Why should I offset the carbon emissions of my flight?

We all want to travel as cheaply as possible. Every Euro towards a well-spent vacation matter, however, imagine a world where travel is no longer possible.

The aviation industry is excluded from the Paris Climate agreement. Studies show that aviation travel accounts for roughly 3% of Europes CO2 emissions and 2% of global emissions.

The number of travelers will double in the next twenty years and albeit major technological advancements, the aviation industry is falling behind and will not be able to cope with that growth from an environmental perspective.

Every flight you take contributes to greenhouse emissions. The way to compensate for those emissions right now is to offset them.

Electric planes and biofuel technologies are still far down the road before used in mass transport, hence if you carbon offset today, you’ll contribute to a better tomorrow.

What is meant by carbon offsetting?

Carbon offsetting is the terminology that is used to allow individuals and businesses to invest in environmental projects around the world in order to contribute to the balance of their own carbon footprint. In very basic laymen terms, if a company emits X amount of carbon dioxide into the air, let’s say per month, however they invest in planting Y more trees and sustainable energy sources like solar panels, then mathematically they will offset their carbon footprint tipping the scale of the environmental disaster back towards a healthy balance.

There are several certification standards that have been developed to ensure that carbon is actually offset correctly. myCiity plans to follow the process developed by Verra – VCS or Verified Carbon Standard.

How do you calculate carbon emission offsetting?

Governments and organizations across the globe have created various emissions factors. Calculating carbon offsetting for any industry including the aviation industry is not a simple task. The reason being is that flying involves many factors, everything from direct CO2 emission to contrail-forming. All these factors in flying have an impact on the environment.

We are currently working on how to best calculate emission factors per passenger kilometer. As soon as we have more information we will dispense it on this site.

The interesting thing to note about these calculations (and those in any industry) are the differences that you’ll get. The same flight in one calculator may dispense a trip with 0.71 tons of CO2 while another may display 1.6 tons.

You may argue why should I care if the math is not even unified? Well, offsetting is better than nothing. NO matter how it’s calculated. Upon release of the myCiity calculator, we will go into more detail.

myCiity Carbon Offsetting Program

CO2 Calculator

Calculate your flight's CO2 and offset them directly through myCiity, with verified certification.

Project Certification

Introduce our VERRA/VCS Certified carbon offsetting project so you know the impact!

Knowledge Base

Release our knowledge base and tools along with organization collaboration details.

Launching Soon