How Does Your Garden Offset Carbon?


Go to this site, which was set up in conjunction with the film, and calculate your family’s annual carbon dioxide emission.  You can then follow the link to "reduce your impact with Native Energy" by buying a carbon certificate that offsets your family’s carbon emissions. 

Basically, your purchase helps fund renewable energy and reforestation projects that reduce global warming.  By linking your purchase to your own energy consumption, you are making your household "carbon neutral." It cost me a mere $60 to offset my entire carbon emission for the year.  What a deal.  In fact, I rounded up to $100, so I offset some of your carbon emission, too. (You can thank me later.)

Sound crazy?  The US Department of Energy doesn’t think so.  Here is a link to their list of organizations that sell carbon credits.  Feel free to shop around.

Still not sure?  Here’s a link to a pretty clear, concise explanation of how it works. Some organizations also buy carbon credits, taking them off the market and therefore making it more likely that a company would have to reduce pollution rather than buy credits.  (read up on that here if you’re interested.)

Yes, there’s lots more that we can all do to make sure that our gardens don’t end up under water or in the middle of a desert over the next few decades.  And yes, turning pollution into a free market commodity is far from an ideal solution.  But this is a start, and it felt awfully damn good.

We now return to our regularly-scheduled ranting.


  1. THANK YOU for giving us a bit of positive news about the environment! I know the situation is dire, and I understand that people need to be informed. But, it’s so nice to hear about something I can do to help right in my own front yard. And I was doing it anyway!!

  2. I just saw the movie this weekend as well and was taken back to my early college days when changing the world was a “nice thing to do”…

    Thanks for the links. I felt that they needed more on the site, once people were fired up they needed more ideas on what to do next.

  3. So which would help reduce carbon emmissions more on a roof with not so ideal sun exposure, an intensive roof garden to collect carbon or solar panels to reduce carbon-based electric usage? Does the depth of the soil matter? How does one figure this out, especially if they have to overcome a heavy bias in favor of the prettier option? 🙂

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