Would you go to a conference if it cost your entire yearly CO2 budget?

A silhouette of an airplane with a orange and yellow sunset behind it. Dark clouds frame the outside.
January 28, 2020
Robin Eastman

To keep global warming to under the two-degree goal set by the Paris Accord, an individual’s annual CO2 emissions must not exceed 2.1 metric tons, and we have to get there by 2050.[1] A round-trip flight from Los Angeles to New York is the equivalent of approximately 2 metric tons of CO2 emissions.[2]

Every year, 205 million people attend 1.8 million conferences,[3] and those attendees produce 1,000 – 2,000 lbs of CO2 per person, per conference attended.[4] That’s equivalent to powering the entire state of Michigan for a year.[5]

We can significantly reduce that carbon footprint by building conferences you can attend from the comfort of your own home or office. Unfortunately, online conferences today do not meet the needs of most attendees. It’s hard to stay engaged with presentations, hard to network, and hard to manage time zones.

Announcing Versatackle!

Versatackle is solving those problems by building a platform for online conferences that provides an incredible attendee experience, including moving seamlessly between presentations and networking. We are committed to building the best conference platform, period.

We are currently looking for beta testers for our early prototype. You can learn more at versatackle.com.

[1] We Are the Weather, Jonathan Safran Foer, https://us.macmillan.com/books/9780374712525

[2] https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2019/jul/31/carbon-calculator-find-out-how-much-co2-your-flight-will-emit

[3] https://blog.memberclicks.com/from-asae17-4-barriers-to-people-attending-a-conference

[4] https://www.terrapass.com/reducing-carbon-footprint-conference

[5] https://www.eia.gov/environment/emissions/state/analysis/

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