Carbon Offsetting: saviour or scam?

May 11, 2019

We all know that every single one of us needs to do more when it comes to environmental issues. Whether it’s using less plastic, taking more walks instead of jumping in the car, saving power or even reducing the amount of meat we eat. But what about the latest offering by some websites and companies to pay to offset your carbon footprint?

This service is becoming increasingly popular, especially for air travel which, for many people, contributes to a very large portion of their carbon footprint. Using online calculators, you enter your details for destination, weight, etc., and it returns how many tonnes of carbon your trip will produce and presents you with a fee to pay that covers the equivalent cost of renewable resources to offset your carbon emissions.

This process raises a number of questions.

Trust: are they actually offsetting your carbon. Are they just contributing a set amount annually upfront regardless of who uses their services, so all you are actually doing is easing your guilt for a donation.

Quantity: Even though you are reducing your overall footprint on paper, you are not reducing the amount of carbon you are using. Global reduction has to be the overall goal.

Ethics: Just because you are in a position to pay to offset your carbon, does that make it acceptable to continue to use it?

Let’s look at this from a completely different perspective – Slavery. Although unfortunately slavery still exists, on the whole it is widely condemned when compared to earlier unenlightened times. If Slavery Offsetting was available, it would still not be acceptable. Imagine going on a website where you could register your slave and pay to give two slaves freedom in another country! Totally unacceptable, but on paper…

As we become more enlightened in respect of climate change, how can Carbon Offsetting be a realistic solution? Shouldn’t the airlines be offsetting their own carbon anyway? Either way, reduction has to be the only option in the end.

Deep down we all know that we have to do more, and if we are really honest with ourselves, we are all guilty of hypocrisy on this subject. Times are changing, however, and I honestly believe that we, as a global community, are starting to understand the full impact of our individual actions. Let’s just hope that it is not too late.

Go Cyril yourself

Oct 11, 2012

The great Dick and Dom have unleashed new chaos to our screens in the form of HOOPLA!

Currently on the CBBC website you can Cyril yourself!

Go and have a play, you know you want to…..

…. I did LOOK!

The crows know all

Aug 28, 2010

To quote the great Smith & Jones sketch show from the 1980s “#Hello, Police? We’ve reason to believe there’s a body in the garden”.

Crows have descended on a small patch of grass (dare I say, “grave-sized”) and have obliterated it. Being carrion creatures it does make you wonder what they are after, as it is only in this area.

Incidentally, I believe that this area used to be located in the vicarage gardens, and if Miss Marple is to be believed, it is always the vicarage that throws up such happenings.

Anyway, photos are attached…. the close up is a bit blurry as it was taken through binoculars LOL.

Digital Work Slideshow

Jun 30, 2010
Slide Show

My Digital Work

This is a slide show of some of my digital work. If you like what you see, contact me.

Wildlife perception filter

Jun 16, 2010

We are surrounded by wildlife every day, we just don’t realise how much. We seem to just switch off and it passes us by unnoticed.

So today I thought I would note all that I saw, without making an active effort to look for it, and I was amazed by just how much you see without actually knowing it.

My sightings for today, so far, are as follows:

Rook, Starling, Magpie, Jack Daw, Carrion Crow (dead), Blackbird, Robin, Goldfinch, Grey Squirrel (dead), Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Common Gull, Rabbit, Chaffinch, Ladybird, Bumble Bee, House Martin.

Add to that all the other birds that I could not identify as they were too far away and the ones that I could only hear and that makes an impressive total for an average day without going out looking for wildlife.

So get out there and see what is all around you.

official links

May 14, 2009

An update of all the official spacepenguin links for your perusal.

Spacepenguin Official Site – for everything spacepenguin

Last FM artist profile – where you can hear all the spacepenguin tunes such as:

Last FM listener profile – where you can see what I have been listening to

SpacepenguinMusic myspace page*

SpacepenguinTim myspace page*

Spacepenguin Imagine FX user profile

* Please note I very rarely check these pages now that I have emigrated to facebook

Welcome to Planet Penguin!

Mar 9, 2009

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