Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The world's first carbon-neutral airline

Readers of this blog may remember that I have previously described how Costa Rica is on pace to be the world's first carbon-neutral nation by 2021. So, it should perhaps not surprise you that Costa Rica already has the world's first carbon-neutral airline.

What is the name of this environmentally-friendly airline? Quite naturally, it is Nature Air. This is a photo of one of their planes at the Tamarindo Airport. Nature Air became carbon-neutral in 2004 by reducing its emissions and offsetting 100% of its emissions with reforestation and other environmental initiatives. It is certified carbon neutral by both Costa Rican and international environmental auditing authorities.

Here is a link to the airline website page that describes its environmental program: http://www.natureair.com/carbonneutral/index.html

Tiny Costa Rica met its goal of planting 7 million new trees last year. It has preserved more than 25% of its land for national parks and nature reserves, more than any other country. But the frogs and butterflies of Monteverde are continuing to migrate to higher elevations because of the effects of global warming elsewhere.

If an airline, government, and people of Costa Rica can make such progress in environmental preservation, then surely other nations, especially the wealthier industrialized countries, can do the same. What to you say, rest of the world?  Will you follow Costa Rica's leadership in showing that we can save our planet?

7 comments:

bARE-eYED sUN said...

great post!

yes, we should be doing more to reduce our footprint on this fragile planet. in keeping with this philosophy we want you to take a look at our fellow Blogger over at reduce footprints url: http://reducefootprints.blogspot.com/ who is currently posting a series on rainforest.

we recommended your Blog to them as well.

hope this is okay with both of you.

we always read your blog with interest and as we mentioned before we are looking forward to our first visit to your country.

que viva La Raza!

..
.ero

brattcat said...

As goes Costa Rica, so goes the rest of the world...if this fragile planet can endure long enough for us to make the necessary changes. Thanks for showing us what innovative action can accomplish.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

bARE-eYED sUN,

I am sure that you will enjoy your visit to Costa Rica. If you have any questions as you plan your trip, please feel free to post them in one of your comments on this site, or you may email me through my profile.

I have two condos that I rent to visitors and I regularly get and answer questions from people planning their visits. I am in the process of building a separate website to maintain information for visitors in a convenient format, and when that site is ready I will include a link to it on this site.

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

Costa Rica is amazingly proactive regarding the environment.

Abe Lincoln said...

Your country is doing so much more than most to come to terms with global warming and the consequences of it. More power to them all.

Gobsmacks

Jarart said...

Fantastic. Glad to hear about that.

glenda said...

Three cheers for Costa Rica. The rest of the world should follow their example.

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