Published: Monday 30 June 2008


Many of us often shrug away global warming saying there's nothing we can do about global warming. The problem is just too big. But then, we as individuals do contribute to global warming. We have a carbon footprint, the total carbon dioxide emissions we create when we drive or fly or use electricity.

Of late, the Internet seems to have become the medium for a lot of people seeking to make you aware of your culpability in global warming. A host of sites have sprung up that alert you to your carbon footprint. is among them. The site in fact does a little more. "The first step you can take to fight global warming is to reduce your carbon footprint through conservation. Drive less. Turn down the thermostat. Buy locally produced goods," say the authors of the site. But then comes the crunch. The site run by the eponymous California-based organization allows you to buy "TerraPass to balance the emissions you can't reduce". "When you buy a TerraPass, your money funds clean energy projects such as wind farms. These projects result in reductions in greenhouse gas emissions," the authors of this site say.

You might say "emissions you can't reduce" is too subjective a phrase. It is. But then those who have the bucks can buy their way out of culpability.

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