Offset Your Summer Plans and Protect Forests with New Carbon Calculator

7/27/2017

​New Tool Allows Consumers to Offset the Carbon Footprint of their Vacation, Lifestyle and Life Events

Arlington, VA (July 27, 2017) – Conservation International today announced the launch of its new carbon calculator. Using the latest data, the user-friendly tool, made possible with support from SC Johnson, was designed to better measure specific lifestyle choices, allowing users to calculate their carbon footprint based on a range of household behaviors.

The carbon calculator is the first of its kind to connect users directly to the carbon market to purchase offsets that will help protect forests.

The world's forests currently store more carbon than is in the entire atmosphere.  Yet deforestation continues to contribute 11% of human-caused greenhouse gas emissions – more than all passenger cars combined. Through the purchase of carbon offsets via the calculator, users can help stop deforestation and fight climate change in places like Chyulu Hills, Kenya, the Ambositra-Vondrozo Forest Corridor, Madagascar, and Alto Mayo, Peru, while supporting local communities whose livelihoods depend on nature.

"The future of climate action rests on all of us and the choices we make," says Conservation International's climate lead Shyla Raghav. "Con​​servation International's carbon calculator was redesigned based on user feedback to more accurately measure impact and to engage users more directly in being part of the solution by investing in the protection of critical forests around the world."

As part of the launch of the carbon calculator, Conservation International announced​ the sale of 2 million carbon credits in Chyulu Hills, Kenya, an iconic landscape​ that served as the inspiration for Ernest Hemingway's "Green Hills of Africa." Located between Amboseli and Tsavo National Parks, Chyulu Hills is an integral part of Kenya's ecosystem that has been severely impacted by overgrazing, drought and deforestation. The revenue generated from the sale of carbon credits will help reduce deforestation and protect forests in Chyulu Hills, while empowering the communities that live there to manage their natural resources more sustainably.

To calculate your carbon footprint, start here: www.conservation.org/carboncalculator.​

About Conservation International
Conservation International (CI) uses science, policy and partnerships to protect the nature people rely on for food, fresh water and livelihoods. Founded in 1987, CI works in more than 30 countries on six continents to ensure a healthy, prosperous planet that supports us all. Learn more about CI and its groundbreaking "Nature Is Speaking" campaign, and follow CI's work on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

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