I have a love-hate relationship with Vanity Fair. I appreciate its politics (totally 100% anti-Bush, anti-hate-mongering Republicans, and not afraid to say it), and I get a guilty pleasure out of its celebrity coverage. But right now I'm just tired of reading about George Clooney, and Hollywood agents, and the nasty doings of the overly-rich and lazy. And especially about anything Dominick Dunne has to say. It's time to let my subscription lapse (for awhile only).
But before I do, I'd like to call out something that appeared in this month's "Green Issue," a very weird mix of celebrity and environmental awareness. The issue includes a list of 50 things you can do to make the world a better, greener place. Here's a link to the article. One of them is to become aware of how much CO2 your air travel introduces into the environment. A quote:
Air travel is currently responsible for 3.5% of the global-warming gases from all human activity and is growing fast... The impact of air travel is enormous; a round-trip between NYC and LA emits one ton of CO2 per passenger.
That's amazing to me. With billions of cars on the road, and gas and heating appliances in nearly every home, air travel is far more than just a blip in this fast growing environmental disaster. So short of flying less (which is recommended) the article refers readers to a very interesting website: www.co2.org. Check it out. The site lets you determine how much C02 your particular activities contribute (flying, driving, etc). It then allows you to "Offset" that amount by giving money to programs that are helping to reduce CO2 output worldwide. I approve. And I salute Vanity Fair for its environmental position. I'll see you again in the May 2007 issue.