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Nature Air – Costa Rica's Carbon Neutral Airline

Costa Rica’s Carbon Neutral Airline

A few months ago I wrote about the problem of airline emissions being worse in the tropics. I’d love to be reporting to you now that things have changed, the problem is solved and we can all live happily ever after but unfortunately not. Climate change is real and a huge challenge for the Caribbean and the entire world.

However, the optimist in me still wants a positive story so I’m posting about one airline who is actually addressing the climate change issue head on and striving to make a difference. Nature Air in Costa Rica has been a ‘zero emissions’ airline since 2004. No, they are not running their planes on air but they do offset their emissions by paying local landowners to preserve threatened portions of the rainforest. According to the company they have saved about 500 acres in the Osa Peninsula which has equated to an offset of 20,000 tons of carbon dioxide.
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Carbon Offsetting for Tropical Travel

Carbon Offsetting

I love traveling and I also like encouraging others to come and experience the delights of the Caribbean. However as someone with a passion for living in harmony with nature the negative environmental impacts of travel do not go unnoticed. I am in conflict between my desire to explore and enjoy other parts of the world and my wish to ensure that the world is in a state that my children and great-great grandchildren can live in happily and healthily.
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