Frequent flyers – especially DJs – often have a guilty conscience, because with each flight they contribute a bit more to the enlargement of the ozone hole.
It is incredible how many kilograms of CO2 alone on a short-haul flight within Europe are puffed into the air.
Atmosfair is an organisation that makes people who travel a lot by plane feel a bit better. It allows air travellers to calculate the quantity of greenhouse gas caused by their flights. The website also tells them how much it would cost to prevent the same amount of emissions by investing in emission-saving projects elsewhere.
For example, the emissions of a passenger on a one-way flight from London to Ibiza create a climate impact of about 380 kilograms of carbonic acid gas.
In comparison: Running a refrigerator for one year creates “only” 100 kilograms CO2. A flight from Munich to Ibiza (including the return trip) causes emissions of about 720 kilograms carbon dioxide.
In the meantime also many DJs support the Atmosfair project, knowing that the constant flights to their gigs all around the globe pollute the environment. But how can the countless miles of an internationally booked DJ be avoided?
Richie Hawtin was the first to make public that he voluntarily pays a tribute to Atmosfair every time he takes the plane. He started a movement called “Minimize Your Impact“, and now, every time you book him, some money goes to Atmosfair. The money is used to finance projects in return for the nasty greenhouse gases which arise when internationally celebrated DJs fly back and for th on the planet like a squash ball.
For every flight they make, travellers can make a donation to Atmosfair and receive a cer tificate, that this money will be used for sustainable projects. With this donation Atmosfair realizes solar, hydropower, biomass, or energy-efficiency projects which save as much greenhouse gases as your flight emitted before.
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