Stevio...LA LA Lovin' It?

I'm British-born Chinese from Bristol, UK. I’m LA-based. I’m a hip hop aficionado. After 15 years in London I moved to LA to pursue a new career and outlook on life.

Back in the 80s I was a DJ. In the 90s I contributed to the world's first street style exhibition at London's Victoria & Albert Museum. In 2011, I had my first interviews published. Today, I’m keeping busy with music, art, photos and writing.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Jet-set? Carbon off-set!

I'm off to Vegas for a trade show this week. And I've been thinking about all the flying I've done.

I'm one of the millions of business commuters that travel around this vast country in the name of work. None of us think twice about it because we don't pay the bill! We *might* think twice about which airline we fly , but only for the frequent flyer miles we're collecting!

Delta sent me a message about its "Conservation Fund" which plants trees on behalf of Delta's passengers at Marais des Cygnes National Wildlife Refuge in Kansas. This got me thinking.

Terrapass In the past, I bought a airline ticket for a personal trip on Expedia and was offered numerous options. The one that caught my eye was Terrapass, a service that lets travelers pay a surcharge according to how far they travel so trees can be planted to try to offset the carbon-emissions created by flying. I bought a pass for the 3-4000 miles I was traveling, but haven't bought another since. Not because I don't want to, but mainly because it's not offered through all retailers I buy tickets from, and also because any corporate travel agent isn't part of this type of scheme.

Federal, international and global taxation There's no way we will ever eliminate business travel, or expect people to pay extra voluntarily, so I think that companies should have to be penalized financially as a travel *dis*incentive! What's wrong with web-meetings? If governments created a mandatory environmental travel tax we would be well on the way to changing ill habits. I see it like the central London Congestion Tax on all motor vehicles. In this case, instead of putting the money into infrastructure, the "taxed" money would go into protecting the environment.

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