Monday, November 29, 2010
Cancun Carbon Capers.
Louise Gray of the Telegraph has been naughty in flying to Cancun and creating a large carbon footprint with her airflights and hotel accommodation but it is all OK because she has confessed to her sins and paid her 22 pounds and her carbon gluttony is forgiven, She can then join the throngs of similarly cleansed ideologues in getting down to the business of stopping the great unwashed enjoying the same carbon consumption because it is so bad for the planet.
The first thing most people say to me when I tell them I am in Cancun, a beach resort in Mexico, for a climate change conference is: “What’s the carbon footprint of that then?”
Fair point. So I phoned up carbon offset company JP Morgan Climatecare to find out.
My flights in economy class are around 2 tonnes, I am told. That is the equivalent of driving 10,000 miles in an average diesel car.
The footprint of staying in a hotel in Cancun for two weeks is a further tonne of CO2, bringing my total up 3 tonnes. A huge amount, especially considering the average footprint of a person in Britain is nine tonnes for a whole year.
It has cost me £22.50 to offset this.
It might be hard to believe but she is serious!