Earth Day Network and Carbonfund.org Partner to Offer Carbon Offsets for Events
WASHINGTON, DC – Earth Day Network and Carbonfund.org have launched an international effort to encourage Earth Day 2007 organizers and anyone else putting together an event to make their gatherings carbon neutral. The new partnership is part of Earth Day Network’s three-year Climate Change Solutions Campaign which is also the theme of its Earth Day 2007 efforts.
“Offsetting the carbon emissions created by our Earth Day events and other events year-round is an easy and affordable step,” said Earth Day Network President Kathleen Rogers. “And there are thousands of Earth Day events, so this will have a huge positive impact on the environment the weekend of April 22nd, and then hopefully year-round.”
Earth Day event organizers can read about the new program on Earth Day Network’s website,http://www.earthday.net, and then simply calculate the anticipated carbon emissions from their event, and make a donation to offset their emissions. Other events which may be offset include weddings, family gatherings, vacations and conferences.
Carbonfund.org uses the carbon offset donations to fund carbon reduction projects, such as wind farms, methane generated electricity, solar power, and energy efficiency.
“With all the events we have analyzed and offset in the past, we know the per event emissions are fairly small, but the aggregate emissions from all the Earth Day Events around the world will be significant, and showing gathered decision makers how simple and effective action on climate change can be is a great opportunity.” said Eric Carlson, Carbonfund.org’s executive director. “Earth Day Network coordinates the most significant environmental event of the year, and we are privileged to be working with such a great organization.
About Earth Day Network
Earth Day Network, http://www.earthday.net, seeks to grow and diversify the environmental movement worldwide, and to mobilize it as the most effective vehicle for promoting a healthy, sustainable planet. We pursue these goals through education, politics, cultural events, and consumer activism. Our current grassroots programs include the Climate Change Solutions Campaign, Campaign for Communities, and the National Civic Education Project. Earth Day Network works with more than 105,000 K-12 teachers in the United States alone. In 2006, EDN launched Earth Day Network Television,http://www.earthdaynetwork.tv, greatly expanding its reach to a global network of more than 15,000 partners and organizations in 174 countries. More than 500 million people participate in Earth Day civic activities, making it the largest secular civic event in the world. The 37th Earth Day will be celebrated on April 22, 2007.
Carbonfund.org (http://www.carbonfund.org) reduces the threat of climate change by making it easy and affordable for any individual or business to reduce their carbon footprint and support climate-friendly projects. With its easy-to-use calculator, low offset cost per ton of CO2, and certified offset projects, Carbonfund.org is proving that anyone can reduce their impact on climate change easily and efficiently. Carbonfund.org is a 501(c)(3) non-profit business, and a member of the Chicago Climate Exchange and Ceres. Carbonfund.org has over 150 corporate and non-profit partners, including Dell, the National Wildlife Federation, Lancôme, the Calvert Group and Credo Mobile.