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Climate Care
LiLi guides use climate care to offset all carbon emission that result from the flights that they take.

  Check out the company LiLi uses to offset fuel emissions.  

Have you ever sat and listened to a news bulletin about an international global warming conference and been ashamed at how little responsibility that most of the governments were taking for the pollution they were producing?

Further thought brings this down a level...

What about us, the individuals? What pollution do we produce and do we take responsibility for our own actions in the way that we expect governments, organisations and others to?

There is a significant proportion of the western world, LiLi included, who realise that Global warming and care for the environment is a very important issue. We accept that there is a problem and would like to see steps made to improving the global situation, it is hard to fight the feeling that there is very little that we as individuals can do.

It is clear that within our lifetimes, the effects of climate change are going to hit every last one of us – for many they already have. Conserving the environment is no longer an issue that can be swept under the carpet. Sooner or later, each and every country, business and individual is going to be forced to accept responsibility for their own actions. This is not something that is entirely the governments responsibility, nor can individuals or single businesses make significant changes on their own. This is a collective responsibility - this is everyone's problem. Knowing and accepting that climate change is a problem and that something serious needs to be done about it, we are faced with a simple choice..

We continue as we are and hope that sooner rather than later, governments and big business and others take some serious action to deal with the problem.

We step forward and, for our small part, we try and take steps to minimise our impact. We can try to spread the word of environmental conservation and inspire other organisations and individuals around us to do the same.

What is CO2 emission
  The burning of some materials, most notably fossil fuels, releases Carbon Dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere. A characteristic of CO2 is to strongly absorb infra-red radiation (like that emitted from hot objects on the earth) but it allows short wavelength to pass through (like that of light from the sun). Put simply, CO2 in the atmosphere restricts heat leaving the atmosphere considerably more than it restricts heat entering the atmosphere – this results in a net increase in temperature – Global Warming.  

Air Travel
  A source of CO2 emission that is particularly relevant to LiLi is Air Travel. The fuel from aeroplanes currently contributes 3-5% of all CO2 emissions, this is particularly harmful because of large amounts of fuel used at high altitudes. At a time when we should be reducing CO2 emissions, air travel is one of the fastest growing contributers to global warming. Something needs to be done to minimise this contribution. Ideally, but not realistically, we would all stop using air travel as the primary means for international travel.  
What happens if we all stop flying?

The United Nations World Tourism Organisation states that one in ten jobs around the world are in tourism and the fastest growing areas of tourism are in the third world. Tourism is a major industry in many of the world's poorest countries and for many of these countries tourism is the only major form of income. Grounding all but the essential air travel would create economic recession in many countries and possibly world wide.

Businesses and countries in recession are considerably less likely to invest extra money in environmentally clean technologies and take steps to reduce CO2 emissions.

Stopping air travel would be seriously unhealthy for the world's economy, and hence detrimental to the search for stable and environmentally friendly technologies. However, there are steps that need to be taken to reduce the impact of air travel. Certainly, something needs to be done to slow the growth in air travel.

Offsetting carbon emissions

The basic idea with offsetting carbon emission is to work out how much CO2 you are responsible for releasing into the atmosphere, then buy a corresponding amount of carbon offset through organisations like climate care. That money is then used to fund projects that reduce an equivalent amount of carbon emission on your behalf. Climate care uses a range of projects to achieve this.

Forest restoration - absorbing carbon as the trees grow.

Renewable energy - replacing non-renewable fuel such as fossil fuels

Energy efficiency - reducing the amount of fuel needed.

Enter your flight details into our carbon calculator (right), and hit the green button. Climate Care will work out how much money you would need to contribute to offset the damage caused by the flight. If you like, you can offset other sources of greenhouse gas while you're there... see for more details.

If carbon offsetting was made compulsory by airlines or governments, then the detrimental effects of CO2 released from air travel would be eradicated. At least in the short term - while we can still find enough carbon reducing schemes to offset the CO2.

What does LiLi do for the environment?

LiLi guides use climate care to carbon offset any flights that they take - helping minimise their personal carbon emissions.

LiLi encourages all customers to carbon offset for their flight tickets (see climate care feature on the right hand side of this page for more information).

LiLi also attempts to inspire and educate others to become more environmentally aware.

Where appropriate we minimise the environmental impact on all our trips.

This section of our website, we hope, will help educate potential travellers about some of the environmental issues concerned with flying and travelling.

What can an individual do?

Offset your own CO2 emissions.

Fly direct to your location – significantly reducing fuel emission per person. Taking off and landing consumes a considerable amount of a flight's fuel so changing not only increases distance but also fuel efficiency.

Investigate ways that could reduce your CO2 emission in day to day life... For example car sharing or using public transport. Recycling and re-using as much as you can.

Take fewer and long vacations instead of short each year – making the most out of each flight.

Look out for potential opportunities to put pressure on large organisations and governments to be more environmentally friendly.

Help pass this message on and inspire others to take the same steps.


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