Carbon Offset : Five Rad Ways To Save Our Planet Home


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Use these five XOEarth tools to Carbon Offset the gasoline, electricity, jetfuel or other fossil fuel products that you use to help slow down climate change and save our biosphere. [And maybe win a cape.**]

XOEarth + Invest : Support your favorite environmental organization that is working to stop climate change AND carbon offset your greenhouse gases at the same time.

XOEarth + Sell : Sell your stuff on Craigslist, Ebay and elsewhere AND to help stop climate change buy giving a discount to those who take an ecological action or those who donate to an environmental organization.

XOEarth + Free : Cool ways to give away your used things AND reward people for taking actions that help protect our Earth's climate, air, water and soil.

XOEarth + Biz : Here's how your business can support your favorite environmental organizations, help your business's bottom line and help protect our planet's climate and environment.

XOEarth + Carbon Offset Game : Play XOEarth Carbon Offset Game to offset the your and your friends carbon footprint.

** Plus, every time you take one of these Carbon Offset actions, if you write a post about it on your Facebook or Instagram and tag @XOEarth, you will be entered to win some cool XOEarth Perks. Get a chance to win an XOEarth cape, flag, hat, $400 or other cool stuff. Go Team XOEarth!


  XOEarth + Invest

Here's how - and then why - to invest in one of your favorite environmental organizations in order to slow down the climate change monster.

1] First, use one of these organizations to calculate your carbon offset.

CarbonFund.org
CarbonFootprint.com

2] Then, either buy your carbon offsets from one of the above organizations to pay for their hands-on greenhouse gas reduction projects, or invest some percentage of that amount to your favorite environmental organizations that are working hard to slow down climate change too.

We suggest offsetting less [or more] than 100% of your calculated offset [but not 100% exactly] of your greenhouse gases when you make a donation to your favorite organization! This is a cool strategy that we talk about in the Notes below!

Here are some of our favorite climate change organizations that we hope you will consider:

SierraClub.org
350.org
XOEarth.org
NRDC.org
EDF.org
Greenpeace.org
Climate Reality Project

Plus, check out Climate Action Network International [CAN] and US Climate Action Network [USCAN] to explore and support other organizations that are fighting to save our climate.

3] Next, enjoy a healthier and funner planet, thanks to your carbon offset!

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Notes:: Here's WHY to carbon offset with one of your favorite environmental organizations, and, WHY to donate only a percentage of the suggested carbon offset amount.

A lot of people think that Carbon Offsetting means that they have to donate to organizations that only work on specific carbon offsetting projects.

However, you probably have a favorite environmental organization that is currently working hard to slow down climate change via carbon pollution reducing projects that are not strictly "ground level projects".

That's because one of your favorite organizations is probably using governmental reform, media projects, activist work, direct action, education initiatives, legal work, legislative lobbying, conservation projects, and system reform to slow down climate change.

That's why we also recommend the organizations in the second list to make your "Carbon Offset investment".

Next, here's a little about why we suggest carbon offsetting less or more than 100% of your calculated carbon offset - but not 100% exactly.

If you don't pay the exact 100% of the recommended carbon offset, you get to tell your friends that we each get to choose how much to carbon offset. That way they can decide how much to offset and not feel obligated to always offset 100%.

Every kilogram that we can get ourselves and can get our friends to carbon offset will help make our planet more livable!

So tell friends and others what percentage of your greenhouse gases that you carbon offset. Then encourage and honor them for carbon offsetting too!

XOEarth.org is listed here because we work to get thousands of adults and students to take actions in their lives to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases they create by living more sustainably. We do this via our pledges, educational programs, environmental shows and more.


  XOEarth + Sell

When you sell something on Craigslist or elsewhere, offer to give an eco discount to any buyer that writes a Post on their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or some other social network about an eco action that they take. If you prefer, you can offer the discount to any buyer that makes a Donation to one of your favorite enviro groups instead.

Post:
Add this note to your For Sale ad on Craigslist to offer an eco discount to buyers for writing a Post about an eco action they have taken on their Facebook, Twitter or Instagram account.

I have a [description of your item here] for sale.

[Your name and contact info here]

XOEarth: I like to give a discount to peeps that help protect our air, water or soil and/or help slow down climate change.
So here's an idea:
To get [1/4 off, or enter some other fraction here such as or 1/2, 1/3, 1/5 or 3/4], post an ecological action that you have taken on your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or some other social network. Then email a link to that post to me so I can read about the important environmental action that you have taken. I will send you an email so you can pick it up - if I have not already promised it to someone else.

In any case, thank you so much for the eco actions that you take to help extend the life of our priceless and endangered planet - so we humans and other beings can keep having fun.

[If you add "This idea comes from XOEarth Carbon Offset." at the bottom of your ad, that would be nice. ;-D]

 

PS: In your Craigslist ad's title, you may also want to add "/xoearth 1/4off" or some other fraction, or even"/xoearth free" or "/xoearth fre".]

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Donation:
Add this note to your For Sale ad on Craigslist to offer an eco discount to buyers for making a donation to one of their favorite environmental organizations when they buy the item from you.

I have a [description of your item here] to sell.

[Your name and contact info here]

XOEarth: I like to give a discount to peeps that help protect our air, water or soil and/or help slow down climate change.
So here's an idea:
When you come to buy it, make a donation via your smartphone or my computer to one of your favorite environmental organizations to get a discount of up to 1/2 off. For every 2 dollars you donate you will get 1 dollar off.

In any case, thank you so much for the eco actions that you take to help extend the life of our priceless and endangered planet - so we humans and other beings can keep having fun.

[If you add "This idea comes from XOEarth Carbon Offset." at the bottom of your ad, that would be nice. ;-D]

 

PS: In your Craigslist ad's title, you may also want to add "/xoearth 1/4off" or some other fraction, or even"/xoearth free" or "/xoearth fre".]


  XOEarth + Free

When you want to give away things to people for helping protect our planet, list it For Sale on Craigslist or elsewhere, then offer to give it for free to any buyer that writes a Post about an eco action that they take on their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or some other social network. If you prefer, you can offer it for free to anyone makes a Donation to one of your favorite enviro groups instead.

Post:
Add this note to your For Sale ad on Craigslist to offer it for free to buyers for writing a Post about an eco action they have taken on their Facebook, Twitter or Instagram account.

I have a [description of your item here] for sale.

[Your name and contact info here]

XOEarth: I like to honor peeps that help protect our air, water or soil and/or help slow down climate change.
So here's an idea:
To get this for free, post an ecological action that you have taken on your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or some other social network. Then email a link to that post to me so I can read about the important environmental action that you have taken. I will send you an email so you can pick it up - if I have not already promised it to someone else.

In any case, thank you so much for the eco actions that you take to help extend the life of our priceless and endangered planet - so we humans and other beings can keep having fun.

[If you add "This idea comes from XOEarth Carbon Offset." at the bottom of your ad, that would be nice. ;-D]

 
PS: In your Craigslist ad's title, you may also want to add "/xoearth free" or "/xoearth fre".

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Donation:
Add this note to your For Sale ad on Craigslist to offer something for free to people for making a donation to one of their favorite environmental organizations when they come pick up the item from you.

I have a [description of your item here] to sell.

[Your name and contact info here]

XOEarth: I like to honor peeps that help protect our air, water or soil and/or help slow down climate change.
So here's an idea:
When you come by, make a donation via your smartphone or my computer to one of your favorite environmental organizations to get it for a discount or for free. For every 2 dollars you donate you will get 1 dollar off.

In any case, thank you so much for the eco actions that you take to help extend the life of our priceless and endangered planet - so we humans and other beings can keep having fun.

[If you add "This idea comes from XOEarth Carbon Offset." at the bottom of your ad, that would be nice. ;-D]

 
PS: In your Craigslist ad's title, you may also want to add "/xoearth 1/4off" or some other fraction, or even"/xoearth free" or "/xoearth fre".]As suggested above, instead of listing your item in the Free category, it is better to list you item in the For Sale category and then offer it for "Free" or "No charge" to a person for posting their eco action or for making a donation. People looking at Free listings may think it is not truly free if they have to do something for it. It may appear to be a "bait and switch" to most people.

If more than one person wants a thing that you are giving away, pick one of their names out of a hat or use a random number generator select one of them on from a list.

Only contact a person if, and only if, you decide that the person making the post is safe to contact.


  XOEarth + Biz

The XOEarth Carbon Offset [or GreenBeanz] in-store carbon offset is a way for a business and its customers offset the carbon footprint of a product. Businesses may also choose to match and offset a percentage of the customers' offset as well.

We are offering three names for you to choose from in your in-store carbon offsets. Carbon Offset or XOEarth or GreenBeanz are the names. We will eventually decide which of these names works best for this initiative.

Here's how the XOEarth in-store carbon offset works. When a customer is paying for a purchase at a store, they may see a sign and/or will be asked by the clerk if they would like to add Carbon Offset [or XOEarth or GreenBeanz] to their purchase.

If the customer asks what Carbon Offset [or XOEarth or GreenBeanz] is about, the clerk can say, "for an additional 5% (or another relevant %) you can offset the carbon footprint for this purchase/product."

The clerk may say, "The money we collect for Carbon Offset [or XOEarth or GreenBeanz] will be sent to [the carbonfund.org/ or other non-profit org] who will make sure your Carbon Offset [or XOEarth or GreenBeanz] donation is invested in wind, solar and other renewable projects that help reduce the net CO2 emissions of this purchase."

If the business is matching a percentage of that offset, the clerk might also say, "Plus, for every dollar our customers contribute to offset the carbon footprint of their purchase, we will add 25¢.

Eco citizens can help make the Carbon Offset [or XOEarth or GreenBeanz] in-store carbon offset happen by asking businesses, "Please offer a carbon offset when we buy your products to help stop climate change and global warming".

The Carbon Offset [or XOEarth or GreenBeanz] collected from customer by a business will be forwarded to the CarbonFund.org, or some other renewable energy offset organization. Customers will get to decide whether or not to purchase the offset.

Businesses are also invited to match each of the customer's offsets with their own Carbon Offset [or XOEarth or GreenBeanz] contribution -- either in full or a portion of.

To help a business get started::
Estimate how much it takes to offset the carbon footprints for the average product or department in a store. Check out ecofx.org for help and resources.

Set up a Carbon Offset [or XOEarth or GreenBeanz] offset button or a code on the cash registers so that the business will be able to track and send in the appropriate amount of offsets contributed by the customers'.

Print Carbon Offset [or XOEarth or GreenBeanz] signs and put them in the store's window and at the cash register.

Each month, the business can post a notice stating how much their store has been collected and sent to the CarbonFund.org in the previous month. (A little chalkboard to post the amount looks good.)

It's also great if the store offers to match a customer's offset to some degree. A 100% matching contribution would be superb.

Hopefully CarbonFund.org will be able to post how much the stores have contributed month by month to allow tracking of contributions.

Most of the *Participating Businesses* will have the Carbon Offset [or XOEarth or GreenBeanz] sign posted in their store window and/or be listed in the *Participating Businesses Directory*.

If you run an eco conscious business, please join us. The Carbon Offset [or XOEarth or GreenBeanz] carbon offset is an eco conscious marketing program that is good for the planet and for biz.

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Plus, here are two XOEarth sister projects that businesses are welcomed to join as well:

The XOEarth Credit/ discount is a superb program that businesses can add alongside their GreenBeans program. The XOEarth Credit offers a discount to eco customers who bring in a *Love letter to the Earth* that they have written describing an eco action(s) they have taken in the last week, or XOEarth money. *Participating businesses* will be listed here.

Businesses are also invited to take the XO Earth Biz Pledge to show they are willing to give back 1% to the planet via their biz. Feel free to print it, sign it, post it in your business's windows, in advertising and around your store.

All businesses are asked to offer customers the Carbon Offset [or XOEarth or GreenBeanz] by 2016.


  XOEarth + Carbon Offset Game

The XOEarth Carbon Offset Game is played to offset the carbon footprint of your and your friends' purchases, travel and stuff that makes CO2.

Two or more friends play the XOEarth Carbon Offset Game as a team to reduce the team's carbon footprint, while also in competition against each other to get the best player score. Either way, the goal is to get both your personal carbon footprint and your team's total carbon footprint as low as possible.

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XOEarth Carbon Offset Game strategies :

#1 Let's say you buy a new jacket (an eco fleece shell) that has a carbon footprint of 30 kilograms (66 pounds). If you get a friend on your team to bike to work for 100 miles (based on 35 mpg), or, carpool an extra 300 miles, or, get them to bring their reusable coffee mug instead of using 5 paper cups -- then you get to claim 1/2 of the carbon offset towards the purchase of your jacket. To estimate the equivalents for this offset game check out ecofx.org.

Then, if your team member continues biking, carpooling or using their mug, their future carbon offsets (or reducing) are applied to their personal carbon offset score. In other words, because you helped get a player started in reducing their carbon footprint, the first carbon offset actions they take are applied to your own purchases or other CO2 producing choices. After a few times of taking that offset action, they get the credit applied towards their own carbon footprint if they keep taking those actions.

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#2 Offset part of a team member's carbon footprint with an offset action that you take or buy. Then give the offset to them as a gift. You can say, "I offset the (carbon footprint of your purchase [or] carbon footprint of an action that you have taken that creates CO2) as a gift to you and the planet." This will encourage the friend to offset their own carbon footprint in the future.

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#3 Offer to give a team member (or others) an XOEarth Honor if they will offset part (or all) of their carbon footprint with specific actions or by purchasing carbon offsets. XOEarth Honors has lots of rad ways to challenge and thank others for reducing or offsetting their carbon footprint.

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#4 Offer to sponsor half (or some other portion) of a team member's carbon footprint offset for a purchase or other CO2 thingy with CarbonFund.org (or other offset non-profit) if they will pay for the other half. Or, if you are both buying the same product or taking the same doing the same CO2 making thing, offer to offset your CO2 if your friend will offset theirs.

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For more XOEarth Games that can help you reduce your carbon footprint, check out the XOEarth Games page.


  Vision

Envision... hundreds of businesses offering a carbon offset option to their customers, and matching part or all of the customers' contributions to show their commitment to help protect our exquisite planet.

Envision... millions of people choosing to offset the carbon footprint of their purchases to show their love for this superb planet and to show they want to do their share to protect it.

Envision... billions of people taking more eco actions once they feel the good vibe of helping the planet by offsetting their carbon footprint with a bunch of cool ways -- and thus helping create a truly "ecological society".

Help manifest this vision to protect our planet's future -- help start GreenBeanz at businesses in your area -- go Team Earth.

For all the life that loves to live, Stele Ely


  Edu

XOEarth Carbon Offset programs are a good way for students, teachers, businesses and parents to work together to stop global warming, to promote school spirit, to support peace, and raise money for environmental clubs.

Art, photography and media students are invited to design and post new XOECO designs, stories and video links to XOEarth Facebook. Cool ideas will be added here too.

Contact us for club and school materials, or to have us come talk to your group about XOEarth and global warming.


 Sleek

Even though carbon offsetting is great, the best strategy to get a sleek, great looking carbon footprint is to make ecological lifestyle choices. Reducing is first and most powerful strategy. Scope out this list of resources for eco things you can do for our sweet biosphere.

XOEarth's *Green Minute Rule*
Sierra Club
NRDC
Greenpeace
Environmental Defense Fund
Union of Concerned Scientists
The Nature Conservancy
Earth Island
Sea Shepherd
Wilderness Society
World Wildlife Federation
CoolEffect.org
TerraPass.com
NativeEnergy.com


  News

We hope the XOEarth Honors *Directory of Businesses* will include businesses that offer the Carbon Offset [or XOEarth or GreenBeanz] offset. Look for the Green Beanz signs in the store windows.

We hope to do a Carbon Offset [or XOEarth or GreenBeanz] Pledge and card. Then you will be able to print and sign a membership pledge/ card to show that you have pledged to offset part -- or all -- of your carbon footprint.

Draw, paint or sew XOEarth or GreenBeanz on your clothing, personal belongings and/or skin* to show others that you offset your carbon footprint. Blue or green pens, markers, paint or embroidery can be used to put the GreenBeanz or a drawing of a greenbean-person on clothing and belongings.

Dave Weil and XOEarth Man
doing a carbon deal for the biosphere

putting on the XO for the biosphere

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for all the life that loves to live

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putting on the XO for the biosphere

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