Notes on a Visual Life is going carbon neutral, folks!
I recently came across a great idea originally started in Germany by the "Make it Green" program. Long story short, they will plant a tree for you to offset the emissions of your blog. Yes, indeed, blogs emit CO2. Here's a better explantation from the people who run the program, "Assuming an average blog gets 15,000 visits a month, it has yearly carbon dioxide emissions of 3.6kg (8lb.). This can mainly be tracked back to the immense energy usage from (mainframe) computers, servers, and their cooling systems." As far as the tree goes, "The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) assumes a yearly absorption of one tree of approximately 10kg (20lb.) carbon dioxide emissions." So, hopefully, it about evens out after a little time. While I'm not exactly taking any MASSIVE strides to help the planet, I like to think that every little bit helps...a little and why not add another tree?? Oh, and if you're curious about when and where the trees will be planted, here ya go, "The trees are planted in Plumas National Forest in Northern California this year by “Arbor Day Foundation” a non-profit conservation and education organization with the goal helping reforest 5,500 acres of Plumas National Forest with 792,000 trees. The Antelope Complex Fire started on July 5, 2007, and burned nearly 23,000 acres of Plumas’ timber in less than a week. The Moonlight Fire struck just two months later, destroying 65,000 forest acres and requiring more than three weeks to contain." In a nutshell, the Plumas National Forest is still in need of some care. So, I'm proud to say that I'm supporting this effort. Good work, guys!