I am more than thrilled to announce that my new album project 'Night and Day' has been made Carbon Neutral, by offsetting the carbon emissions by planting trees with WordForest.org!
Now, I met Tracey West (pictured below), several years ago after a concert in Lyme Regis. Someone (can't remember who) suggested a post-gig midnight skinny dip in the sea, and off we went! I'm proud to say we've been friends ever since, during which time, I have watched her and her lovely partner Simon go from strength to strength in setting up their charity 'The Word Forest Organisation' - planting Trees and building classrooms in Kenya.
As much as I love the touring lifestyle, the one thing that always got to me was the smell of petrol in the air as I got out of the car. It bothers me that there is a cost to my activities, and when I saw what my friends were up to, I jumped on board to offset my album!
What we (well ok, mostly Simon), was calculate the amount of emissions involved in travelling to the studio, roughly how much energy was used by the studio over the recording and mixing days, and how much carbon emissions each CD produced would cost the earth. We even included estimated shipping emsissions! And then, to be on the safe side, planted a little extra on top.
I am fully confident we have done the right thing here. The trees will be planted, the carbon will be offset, and the word forest growing in Kenya is managed, so even in case of drought, the trees will be re-planted! My friends are doing something wonderful for the world and the people in it. If you'd like to find out how you can offset your lifestyle, or anything in it, check out their project here: https://www.wordforest.org/
Here's a little video we made...about our collaboration :)
Here's to our projects!!
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