Healthy Oceans Blog

Love the beach but hate the fossil fuels you burn to get there? Offset your footprint with carbon credits.

The TerraMar Project has teamed up with Carbon Credit Capital to stop the flow of greenhouse gases into our Earth’s atmosphere.

Every surfer, scuba diver, fisherman, and ocean-lover is drawn to the sea. But often the most beautiful and remote beaches are a long way from home. Getting there requires energy, or in other words: the burning of fossil fuels

Carbon dioxide has the power to change the chemistry, climate, and geology of the world we live in. The ocean is the world’s largest sink for carbon, and the additional CO2 is truly altering marine environments on a global scale.

Ocean acidification, marine heatwaves, intensified storms. These are all the direct result of our carbon emissions.

Now you have the option to help remove carbon instead of adding it! TerraMar has collaborated with Carbon Credit Capital to bring you five carbon offset packages to bring your footprint to zero:

  1. A month of local beach trips
  2. Weekend getaway
  3. Short flight
  4. Journey across the world

But what’s a carbon credit exactly?

When you travel from place to place via car, plane, or boat, you’re emitting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere from the burning of fossil fuels. To offset this, we need to pull carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere – but how? The answer lies in photosynthesis.

Plants ‘breathe’ CO2 from the air and turn it into oxygen. So by supporting projects that work to restore natural ecosystems (ex: planting trees, Mangroves, wetlands), you can help remove your impact from Earth’s atmosphere.

When you purchase one of TerraMar’s curated Carbon Credits to offset your trip to the beach, you are helping support the Panama Canal Sustainable Forest Cover Establishment Project. This is how carbon is removed from the atmosphere with your help.

The Panama Canal Watershed (PCW) has served as a crucial ecological and social endeavor in Panama. Currently, more than 2 million people (approximately 54% of the population of Panama) get their water from the PCW – and the area is home to many endangered birds, mammals, and reptiles.

“You should always continue to take measures to reduce your carbon footprint in the first place. Bike to work, eat lower on the food chain, or invest in renewable energies. But we also recognize that to get to your favorite beach, you might need to drive or fly. So purchasing carbon credits can really make a difference.” – Brian Yurasits, Director of Development at The TerraMar Project

“It’s easy to hop in a car, or on a flight to get to the beach. We’ve done our best to make balancing the impacts of these trips as seamless as booking them in the first place. Now, no matter where you are in the world, and no matter where you are going to, you can make it carbon neutral in just a few clicks.” – Reed Shapiro, Director of Business Development at Carbon Credit Capital

This post originally appeared on The TerraMar Project's website and can be viewed here.