Trees planted so far!
*Last updated: October 18, 2019
In May 2019, Jack’s Flight Club announced our new partnership with Trees for the Future, a non-profit that’s dedicated to offsetting carbon emissions and improving the livelihoods of impoverished farmers by revitalising degraded lands in countries like Tanzania and Uganda.
Since the early days, environmental awareness has been a hot topic in the office at Jack’s Flight Club. As a startup focussed on air travel, we realise we have a responsibility to be aware of the environmental impact of travel. With this initiative we hope to support, at least in part, offsetting the carbon emissions of our members, while also helping local, impoverished communities in some of the countries that need it most.
With our partnership with Trees for the Future starting from May 2019, we’ve committed to planting 10 trees for every member that upgrades to our Premium membership (across any of our plans; quarterly, semi-annual and annual) and will continue to do so for every year the membership is maintained.
Over the last 30 years, Trees for the Future have planted over 155 million trees, and, with their regenerative agriculture programs, have changed the lives of tens of thousands of people. To find out more about their inspiring work, visit their page here.
More about our commitment:
How many trees will I have planted over the course of my membership?
Every year you’re signed up as a Premium member of Jack’s Flight Club equates to 10 trees planted!
- For example...
- 1 year = 10 trees
- 2 years = 20 trees, and so on :-)
Why Trees for The Future?
Good question! We did a lot of research to find out which charity would be the best suited for us to work with. We choose the Trees for the Future program for both the impact the program has on the local communities in the areas it works with, as well as their tree planting program. You can look over their Charity Navigator rating here.
Is this for both Free and Premium members?
We'd really love to offer a carbon-offsetting program for all our members (Premium and free) but due to the costs associated with partnering with this company, we aren't able to offer for all our 1.3 million free members as well, though we do hope it offers a good starting point for conversation around offering carbon-offsetting when booking any flight.
How do I know how much carbon my flight emits?
There are a number of calculators that can be used to calculate emissions for flights and other forms of travel. In particular, we recommend Climate Care and also MyClimate’s easy-to-use calculators.
How can I contribute more to carbon offsetting my flights?
If you’re keen to contribute more or to completely offset carbon emissions for flights you take, there are a number of organisations and non-profits who need support. Some are more loosely regulated than others, but we can recommend Swiss non-profit Gold Standard as a trustworthy organisation, where you can fund specific projects based on how much carbon they are offsetting.
You can also ensure you are flying as efficiently as possible, by favouring direct routes over indirect ones, choosing flights with more modern, fuel-efficient aircrafts, and even small changes like packing lighter or taking less checked bags on your trips.
It’s also worth noting that most airlines will soon also be required to partially offset their own emissions. You can read more about the UN’s upcoming “Corsia” Scheme here.
With each upgrade and the annual impact of these 10 trees every year, we hope to make an impact and create momentum for future projects. Whilst we all know air travel won't be going anywhere anytime soon, hopefully, we can help encourage the conversation for how companies can drive environmental awareness.
We are always interested in finding further ways we can improve our impact on the environment and always open to hearing suggestions on how we can do more!
If you’ve got any ideas or would like to learn more, send us a message at [email protected]!