Non-profit organization LightHawk’s mission is to accelerate conservation success through the powerful perspective of flight. Or put another way, they are pilots flying to save the earth.
By mobilizing a team of dedicated volunteer pilots, LightHawk empowers photographers, environmental experts, and storytellers to make images, collect data, inform the public and share their flight perspectives. LightHawk’s flight campaigns – donated free of charge to its partners – start conversations and find common ground, enable smarter decision-making, and let conservation partners work faster and more efficiently from the air than on the ground.
LightHawk values the earth and the life that depends upon it. That’s why before any conservation flight leaves the ground, they ensure it is a good use of the flight resource and will pay off in many ways. For ten years, LightHawk has partnered with Carbonfund.org to offset their carbon footprint.
With their focus on environmental conservation, LightHawk recognizes that their flight activities and operations create carbon dioxide emissions that are harmful to the environment. As a result, LightHawk became a Carbonfree® Partner ten years ago, calculating and neutralizing flight and business operations each year by supporting Carbonfund.org’s reforestation projects around the world. To date, LightHawk has neutralized almost 4.7 million pounds of greenhouse gases, equivalent to planting 54,600 tree seedlings and growing those trees for ten years.
LightHawk works with big conservation groups like The Nature Conservancy and Sonoran Institute, as well as smaller local land trust and independent groups dedicated to preserving land, water and wildlife. By making the aerial perspective of flight freely available, LightHawk provides a broader perspective of widespread activities across landscapes and bodies of water, and how those activities, both positive and negative, are affecting the earth.
The unique view of the earth and the transformative experiences provided by flight help inform, inspire and educate all those who are helping to save and preserve our planet. Carbonfund.org commends LightHawk on its continuing role in aiding these efforts and in maintaining Carbonfree® flight operations as an important part of its overall mission.