Carbon Offset : 7 Sweet Ways To Help Save Our Sexy Biosphere


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Use these fun 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:

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 too. The two ways to do this are the Donate and the Post.

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

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

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


  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.

CoolEffect.org
NativeEnergy.com
CarbonFund.org
TerraPass.org

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
Greenpeace.org
Climate Reality Project

For more international climate change warriors check out the http://www.climatenetwork.org/about/members.

For more United States/ USA climate change warriors check out the http://www.usclimatenetwork.org/about-us/members.

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 : Donate / Post

When you sell something, offer to give a discount to a person for donating to one of your favorite enviro groups, or for posting about an eco action that they take on their Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or other online location.

These two ways to sell your stuff are called the Donate and the Post. The Donate takes more time and is done by having the person donate online when they come by to purchase the item from you. The Post takes less time because the person posts their eco action online to get the discount or to get it for free.

Here is how to do a Donate:
List your give away items on Craigslist, some other online bulletin board or elsewhere online. Add a note about the XOEarth concept after the description of the item. A version of the note that you might like is below. You can add XOEarth [25]% to the title - if you want to.

Donate Note:

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

[Your name and contact info here]

Optional: I would like to give a discount off this thing to someone out there to thank them for donating to one of their favorite environmental organizations that help protect our Earth's air, water, soil or climate.

So here's an idea. When you come to buy it, make a donation via your or my smartphone to one of your favorite environmental organizations to get a discount of up to 50% off. For every two dollars you donate you will get one dollar off.

This idea comes from XOEarth.org/carbon-offset.

Whether or not you buy this thing, thank you so much for the important actions that you are taking to help protect and extend the life of our priceless and endangered planet - so we humans and other beings can keep having fun.

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Here is how to do a Post:
List your items on Craigslist, some other online bulletin board or elsewhere online. Add a note after the description of the item. Our suggested wording for that note is below.

Post Note:

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

[Your name and contact info here]

Optional: I would like to give a [??%] discount to someone out there to thank them for an environmental action that they take that helps protect our Earth's air, water, soil or climate.

So here's an idea. Post an eco action that you take on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or any other online location. Then send me a link to that post. [If you mention XOEarth.org in your Post that would be cool.]

After reading about the cool environmental action that you take, I will contact you so you can come buy it - and get a discount.

Whether or not you buy this thing, thank you so much for the important actions that you are taking to help protect and extend the life of our priceless and endangered planet - so we humans and other beings can keep having fun.

This idea comes from XOEarth Carbon Offset.


  XOEarth + Free : Quickie / Slowie

Offer to give your stuff away to a peep that has posted about an eco action that helps protect our planet's air, water, soil and therefore our climate - on their Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or other online location.

The two ways to decide who gets your stuff are the Quickie and the Slowie. The Slowie takes more time and is done by a drawing [random method]. The Quickie takes less time and you decide who gets your stuff.

Here are the 3 steps to do a Quickie:
1] List your give away items on Craigslist, some other online bulletin board or elsewhere online. Add a note about the XOEarth concept after the description of the item. Two versions of the note that you might like are below. You can add XOEarth to the title - if you want to.

Quickie Note version one - shorter:

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

I would like to give this thing to someone out there to thank them for an environmental action that they take that helps protect our Earth's air, water, soil or climate.

So here's an idea:

Post an eco action that you have taken on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or any other online location. Then send me a link to that post. [If you mention XOEarth.org in your post that would be cool.]

When I get your email I will check out your post about the environmental action that you take that is helping save our sweet biosphere. Yay!

Then, if I have not already promised it to someone else for their eco action, it goes to you.

Whether or not you get this thing, thank you so much for the important actions that you are taking to help protect and extend the life of our priceless and endangered planet - so we humans and other beings can keep having fun.

Thanks a bunch, [your initial here]

ps: This idea comes from XOEarth Carbon Offset.

Quickie Note version two - longer:

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

I would like to give this thing to someone out there to thank them for an environmental action that they take that helps protect our Earth's air, water, soil and climate.

So here's an idea:

Post an eco action that you have taken on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or any other online location. Then send me a link to that post. Mention XOEarth.org in your post if you please.

When I get your email I will check out your post about the environmental action that you take that is helping save our sweet biosphere. Yay!

Then, if I have not already promised it someone else for their eco action, you will get this thing. I will send you an email - so you can pick it up!

If it seems appropriate, I will gladly share your environmental actions on my own social network too. Go Team Earth!

Whether or not you get this thing, thank you so much for the important actions you are taking to help protect and extend the life of our priceless and endangered planet - so we humans and other beings can keep having fun.

Thanks a bunch, [your initial here]

PS: If a specific person [a grown-up or a kid] or animal from the future could also thank you for the eco logical actions that you take that makes their future possible, I think they would. But since they can't, here is a link to a Wikipedia article about one of my favorite animals that may have a baby that gets to live in the future - thanks to your environmental actions. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barn_owl

This idea comes from XOEarth.org/carbon-offset.

2] The first person to send you an email with a link to a post describing a valid environmental action that they have taken will be given your item! If you happen to get more than one email at a time - good luck deciding who gets your item!

3] Then contact that person to give them your item, and thank the person for their eco action.
[Important! Only contact that person if, And Only If, you decide that the person making the post is safe to contact.
Only contact any one of the other people if, and only if, you decide that the person making the post is safe to contact.
It may Not be safe to contact the other people via a direct email message, phone or an online eco card.]

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Here are the 3 steps to do a Slowie:
1] List your give away items on Craigslist, some other online bulletin board or elsewhere online. Add a note about the XOEarth concept after the description of the item. Our suggested wording for that note is below. You can add XOEarth to the title - if you want to.

Slowie Note version one - shorter:

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

I would like to give this thing to someone out there to thank them for an environmental action that they take that helps protect our Earth's air, water, soil or climate.

So here's an idea:

Post an eco action that you take on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or any other online location. Then send me a link to that post.

When I receive the links to the posts from you and others about the cool environmental action that you take, I will check out those cool posts. Yay!

After receiving the links to the posts from one or more of you about the cool environmental actions that you are all taking, I will pick one of you at random with a hat drawing or some other way.

If your name is picked I will send you an email - so you can come by and get it.

Then I will send you an email if you were randomly picked - so you can come by and get it.

Whether or not you get this thing, thank you so much for the important actions that you are taking to help protect and extend the life of our priceless and endangered planet - so we humans and other beings can keep having fun.

Thanks a bunch, [your initial here]

ps: This idea comes from XOEarth Carbon Offset.

Slowie Note version two - longer:

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

I would like to give this thing to someone out there to thank them for an environmental action that they take that helps protect our Earth's air, water, soil and climate.

So here's an idea:

Post an eco action that you take on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or any other online location. Then send me a link to that post.

When I receive the links to the posts from you about the cool environmental action that you take, I will read them and celebrate that you are taking actions to save our home.

If it seems appropriate, I will gladly share your environmental actions on my own social network too. Go Team Earth!

After receiving the links to the posts from one or more of you about the cool environmental actions that you are all taking, I will pick one of you at random with a hat drawing or some other way.

I will choose a name randomly because I know deciding who will get the item could be a hard decision.

If your name is picked I will send you an email - so you can come by and get it.

Whether or not you get this thing, thank you so much for the important actions you are taking to help protect and extend the life of our priceless and endangered planet - so we humans and other beings can keep having fun.

Thanks a bunch, [your initial here]

PS: If a specific person [a grown-up or a kid] or animal from the future could also thank you for the eco logical actions that you take that makes their future possible, I think they would. But since they can't, here is a link to a Wikipedia article about one of my favorite animals that may have a baby that gets to live in the future - thanks to your environmental actions. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barn_owl

This idea comes from XOEarth.org/carbon-offset.

2] Once you have received emails with the names of those people and their fave eco actions entries, put their names into a hat or in a list. Pick a name out of the hat, or use a random number generator select one of them on a the list, or some other way to randomly select a name.

3] Then contact that person to give them your item, and thank the person for their eco action.
[Important! Only contact that person if, And Only If, you decide that the person making the post is safe to contact.
Only contact any one of the other people if, and only if, you decide that the person making the post is safe to contact.
It may Not be safe to contact the other people via a direct email message, phone or an online eco card.]


  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 + Games

Play the XOEarth carbon offset games with your friends to offset the carbon footprint of your and your friends' purchases and other stuff that makes CO2.

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#1 XOEarth game #1 is a real life carbon offset game. It's all about getting your friends to start taking eco actions that will offset part of your carbon footprint.

For example, 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 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 the carbon offset towards the purchase of your jacket. To estimate the equivalents for this offset game check out ecofx.org.

Then, if your friend continues biking, carpooling or using their mug, their future carbon offsets (or reducing) are applied to the carbon offset in their own life. In other words, because you helped get someone 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 Green Beanz game #2 is played to offset part of a friend'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 To play Green Beanz game #3, offer to give a friend (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 To play Green Beanz game #4, offer to sponsor half (or some other portion) of a friend'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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Game #5 is on the way. If you have a XOEarth game idea, email us or post it on XOEarth Facebook.


  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*
NRDC *Green Living Toolkit*
Sierra Club
Environmental Defense
The Nature Conservancy
Greenpeace
Earth Island
Sea Shepherd
Wilderness Society
World Wildlife Federation
Union of Concerned Scientists


  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.

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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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