There is no denying the conference and events industry as a whole generates a lot of pollution. Consider travel, specifically air travel, which contributes greatly to the amount of CO2 levels in the atmosphere. As we are all becoming acutely aware of the effects of climate change on our world, many of us are making conscious decisions about how best to get to and from. We may choose to ride our bikes to work, take public transit, or reconsider attending our association’s annual conference because it requires a plane ticket.
If travelling by air to a conference or event is essential, there are things we can do to off-set our carbon emissions; in other words, to help balance out our environmental impact. One return economy flight between Vancouver and Toronto generates approximately 1 tonne of CO2 per person. It takes one average-sized tree approximately 64 years to sequester that amount of carbon. It is scientifically obvious that trees, and lots of them, play a vital role in removing carbon from our atmosphere and in giving us clean air to breathe.
Sea to Sky is proud to be partnered with a local initiative called the Living Forest Institute (LFI). The LFI organizes live public events and programming in Natural Forests that need our attention and appreciation. These events and programs educate us about and engage us with our local forests in order to develop stronger connections with this natural resource so crucial to combatting climate change. If we all understand the importance forests play in our communities, we can better live our lives in a way that protects the environment and all the vital ecosystems within it, ultimately for the world’s well-being.
Sea to Sky provides registration, logistical and marketing services complimentary to the LFI so more of the revenue they collect through donations and registration fees can go back to support their events, programs and advocacy efforts to protect forests. To learn more about the Living Forest Institute, go to www.livingforestinstitute.ca. Consider donating to be a part of making the World a better place.