Earth Day is Thursday and I was wondering what a small, 6-pound cat like me could do to help fix all the havoc humans constantly wreak on the planet. Then I came across this site from Germany (Mach’s Grün, or in English, “Make It Green”) that is planting trees to erase the carbon footprint that blogs create.
Yes, blogs do create a carbon footprint, even though they save lots of paper. Maybe some of you have figured out why already — it takes a lot of energy to get all those blog posts from one place to the next, most of it eaten up by mainframe computers, servers and the servers’ cooling systems. Although the science is anything but exact (and we kitties are a little fuzzy on science anyhow), the carbon dioxide absorbed by one tree can neutralize the average blog’s carbon footprint for up to 50 years — that’s 217 cat years!
Even better, the trees for this project are going to be planted in Plumas National Forest, in the northern part of the state I live in, California! In 2007, this forest suffered a devastating series of fires that burned 88,000 acres! With the help of the Arbor Day Foundation, Make It Green will plant a variety of fir trees and incense cedars to help reforest this area. The Arbor Day Foundation hopes to reforest nearly 5,500 acres of Plumas National Forest, and one of those trees could offset your blog’s carbon footprint!
Make It Green is hoping to have 500 bloggers participating in its drive by Earth Day, 2010. I’d like to see that number double or triple! If you have a blog — especially my fellow kitty bloggers out there — I would love to see you participate too. All you need to do is write a short blog post about this program, put a carbon neutral badge (you can choose from a bunch) on your blog, and drop the Make It Green humans an email! And yes, this is a real program — my human was going to fact check it for me, but then she found out someone who already had, and he was way more particular than she is. So do it!
My blog is carbon neutral. How about yours?