Again and again, the number of my flights per year is a topic in discussions about the environment. Amongst other things that is why I decided to compensate my carbon footprint caused by my flights to my travel destinations in 2017, for the first time,
I spent two weeks in 2016 on the Falkland Islands with one of the board members of the Antarctic Research Trust (ART), with Klemens Pütz.
The ART has bought some islands of the Falkland Islands to preserve flora and fauna or to repair the damages caused by the sheep breeding. Due to the excessive sheep breeding nothing grows on the damaged areas. The erosion by the wind can take place unhindered.
A typical plant in the Falkland Islands is the Tussockgrass, which grew over two meters high and can be found on all islands. One hectare of tussock grass binds 50 tons of carbon and can be planted for 1000 Euros.
Hummock is the island which the ART bought last. The damages caused by the sheep breeding are quite large on the island. (Renaturation of Hummock Island)
I calculated my carbon consumtion for all my flights in 2017 first: CO2 Calculator. By making a donation to the ART I compensated my carbon footprint, which I left with my flights in 2017. I did the same for 2018, 2019 and 2020.