This dramatic rise in carbon dioxide (a major greenhouse gas) has lead to a 1 degree C temperature rise of the planet (about 1.75 F).
This seemingly trivial amount of extra warmth has a much more extreme impact on the poles which have seen tremendous amounts of melting over the last 150 years. When arctic ice turns into liquid water, the oceans rise everywhere on earth.
CO2 in the atmosphere has other consequences for the planet like the acidification of the oceans. Our planet's waters are becoming unfit for sea life.
The average car produces 2.1 lbs of CO2 per mile. and the average American drives more than 10,000 miles in a year, emitting about 11 tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. (source?)
Driving our cars accounts for more than half of our personal CO2 emissions. This means that if you can get around without a car, you can cut your CO2 emissions in half! (source?)
Stay Zero has a very low carbon footprint and 10 acres of forest land in northern Minnesota to offset the rest. This means that our guests enjoy a zero carbon stay.
The average American...
The truth is, trees will not save us. There is enough carbon dioxide already in the atmosphere to continue warming the planet for generations. To save the world, we have to take this CO2 out of the air.
But there is not enough land on earth to grow enough trees (may not be true) to absorb enough CO2 just to keep up with current emissions rates. We also have to reduce emissions. We have to kick our fossil fuel habit.
Transportation accounts for 1/3 of our emissions. Building operation accounts for about 40%. This is where Stay Zero comes in.