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January 12th, 2010
12:47 PM ET

Explorer raises awareness – Tries to keep carbon footprint in-check

Editor’s note: Arctic explorer Eric Larsen is trying to make it to the North and South Poles and the summit of Mount Everest in 365 days as part of an effort to raise awareness about climate change. Larsen joined us on American Morning before he set out on his Save the Poles expedition – and completed the first leg of his journey when he reached the South Pole earlier this month. Below is an excerpt from his online journal.

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Larsen’s crew trekking through Antarctica. Courtesy: Eric Larsen"]

By Eric Larsen, From

One of the things that people always ask me is about the impact of air travel on the environment. I for one, travel a lot by air for sponsorship meetings and presentations. It is important to point out the paradoxes in one's own behavior (and then change them)…

There is no question that my expeditions (vacations and every day actions) have an effect on the amount of carbon that enters the atmosphere. However, I like everyone else, can do my part to reduce travel, save energy, buy carbon offsets and all the other little steps that can add up to make big change.

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  1. jim vicalvi

    They should take al gore's home from him and put him in a mobile homw. Or, maybe a tent. Then, get rid of all of his huge vehicles and give him a bike. That might help him shed a few pounds too. Then take away his cell phones and give him a land line or maybe even a fire and blanket. That would definitely lower the amount of air pollution he puts out!!

    January 13, 2010 at 7:55 am |