Messy Childhood? We’ll Wipe it Clean. (Of Carbon)

messychildhoodWorldChanging, a non profit group in Seattle best known for its smart, sustainability-centered online magazine, is selling carbon-free childhoods for new graduates. The group’s co-founder and executive editor Alex Steffen told BoingBoing.net’s Cory Doctorow this: “We weren’t satisfied with the bogus “green” graduation gifts being hawked out there, so we decided to create the ultimate one. For a gift of $6,000, we’ll offset the climate emissions of your favorite high school grad’s whole childhood, giving them a carbon clean slate. It’s only $7,500 for a college graduate. Expensive? No, discounted. The point is our impacts are much to big to change with some hemp sandals or a solar backpack, and it’s time to get real.” A few fun facts: One childhood equals about a ton of disposable diapers. And one diaper takes 100 years to biodegrade. So let’s see, just 60 more years and all my diapers will be gone! I’m sure the time will fly…