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National Forests Foundation and StubHub, a kind of Ebay for sports, concert and theater tickets, is making the move to help restore national forests through sales of football tickets. The 2008-2009 NFL Playoffs and Super Bowl will launch the first StubHub Tickets for Trees program. For every ticket purchased through StubHub, one tree will be planted in the National Forest closest to the home team headquarters.
The greatest benefit might be raised awareness—one tree per ticket may not be enough to offset the carbon emissions of each spectator, depending on where they drive from, how many hotdogs and beverages they consume on site, what their share of the lights, team transport, etc add up to.
So in fact, stay home and watch the game on TV, which will have a lower carbon cost. Instead, donate directly to participating national parks. Every dollar you give equals one tree planted there. Participating teams include the Arizona Cardinals, San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings, Tennessee Titans, Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Giants, and Carolina Panthers.