WHY SHOULD I CARE ABOUT MY CARBON FOOTPRINT?
An unnatural increase in greenhouse gases has raised global temperatures to levels that are causing mortal stress for life on our planet. Climate change is real, and it's put humanity in a very precarious position. So it’s up to us to make small changes in our lifestyles in order to make a big change in this world. Here at Gone West, we’ve tried to make it as easy as possible for our users to contribute to the fight against climate change.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF GOING CARBON NEUTRAL?
By going carbon neutral, you will create oxygen, reverse desertification, save animal lives and create sustainable jobs. It's a noble and practical step towards making a future for humanity on this planet, and you can even write it off in your taxes.
CAN I VISIT A GONE WEST FOREST?
Yes! All our trees are being planted on accessible land, and we picked places that are fun to visit. When you purchase your tree we will send you the coordinates and more info about your trees new home.
WHAT SPECIES OF TREE DO GONE WEST PLANT?
This all depends on the planting land we’re working on. We only plant trees native to that environment, because non-native trees can have a negative effect on wildlife and their habitats. For example, during our current operations in Ireland we plant a mixture of Douglas Fir, Larch, Oak, Scotts Pine, Alder, Broadleaf.
WILL USING GONE WEST REVERSE CLIMATE CHANGE?
We have a realistic idea of where we stand in the fight against climate change. Yes, using our services will ease the strain that pollution has on the planet, but we also advocate making other small lifestyle changes to help the earth. These include installing energy saving appliances around your home and generally trying to reduce your emissions altogether by using green transport services. Always be on the look out for exciting projects which are kind to the earth and reduce emissions, and if you find any, please let us know about them. If we’re going to save the planet, it’s going to be a collective effort!
SO, GONE WEST HAVE PLANTED MY TREES. HOW DOES THIS ACTUALLY OFFSET CO2?
The trees we plant will absorb CO2 during photosynthesis. The CO2 will remain in your tree until it dies and decomposes. Even after a tree has died, the wood can be harvested and used in products, therefore trapping the CO2 and not releasing it back into the atmosphere.
"A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in."