Travel green to Galapagos Island with Carbon Offsets

by Emily DUNBAR on July 28, 2009

Worried about climate change? Geared specifically for the eco-traveller, CanopyCo now offers travel specific carbon offsets with the Quito-Galapagos-Quito, Ecuador route. Better yet, the offsets go directly back to reforest Ecuador.

Just $10USD will cover your travel from Quito out to the Galapagos Islands and back. You can also check out several other plans which cover travel from your home country into Ecuador or you can look at flights from your specific city into Ecuador. In addition, CanopyCo promises to plant an additional 25% more trees above their monthly sales in order to ensure that 100% of the offsets “survive.”

CanopyCo, has now planted over 500 native trees to carbon offset clients’ emissions. The tree planting exercise forms part of a wider scope of work that will include research, environmental education, alternative energy and the promotion of sustainable agriculture techniques, all focussed on reducing the negative effects of climate change.

The reforestation takes place with local community participation (locally known as a minga) and the help of Global Works Volunteers visiting Ecuador for Spring Break.

This first project aims to replenish areas of native forest, whilst recuperating biodiversity and linking the community with one of the last remnants of high altitude Andean forest in Ecuador.

This will help serve the climate, the community for eco tourism (a project underway and directed by the NGO Inter-American CASA) and equally help increase watersheds for the local area.

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