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As we could find no workable and ethical way to become carbon negative, we did further extensive research and have created our own approach. Our friends (the green and un-green ones) had taken an interest in our quest whenever we met up would usually ask for an update. It was during one of these chats that one of them said "If you can't find a scheme that you are happy with - why don't you create one?" After years of research we certainly had a very good knowledge of the subject and knew all of the issues and problems with the existing schemes we had rejected.

Many months later (and a lot of work) we had arrived at a workable solution to making us Carbon Negative without any drawbacks. In fact in addition to making us carbon negative it also ended up helping some of the poorest people on the planet and restoring some of the most important habitat.

So how does it work:

We use land that has been deforested in Central America (near the equator for a maximum tree growing season) and we replant it. The countries being planted are: Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama. Over 140 local communities have been helped to reforest over 5,300 acres

This is typical of the decimated land that your trees will be planted on. It may have been ruined by loggers or even local people using slash and burn to grow food. By replanting it with a diverse sustainable variety of trees, the local people and animals will have food all year round and will not want to slash and burn again.

We plant it with a diverse range of trees and plants that are indigenous to the region so that they continue to support the local plants, animals, insects and people.

This means that in addition to planting hundreds of acres of forest we also save approximately ten times more forest from slash and burn agriculture and hence keep this forest safe and able to continue taking Carbon from the atmosphere.

We plant the species of trees in a ratio so that they bear fruit at alternate times of the year so that the local people always have something to eat.


This also ensures the local people do not need to revert to slash and burn agriculture to survive.

This is the start of one of a great many tree nursery's that are planted and looked after by the local people

The climate is so ideal for growing, that it does not take long before the seeds start to sprout and will soon be planted out in the once decimated forest land.

The charity has local people in charge of the planting and growing and provides local expert help to ensure it all goes well. In addition regional members visit to double check all is going well. Once planted out in the previously ruined forest, it all grows very quickly and every bit of growth is sucking Carbon out of the atmosphere.

We ONLY ever do this in regions where the locals invite us in and we plant with their agreement. We work with small communities, family groups and local farming groups. Planting a wide variety of trees is essential to create a diverse forest that will support both animals and people.

To further reduce the likelihood of the local people needing to use wood as a fuel for cooking an excellent biogas scheme is running. The local people of these regions traditionally cook upon open fires in their homes. One such scheme is the creation of very simple biogas producers. These are essentially a long plastic sack that is filled with water and manure and decaying organic material. Each digester requires a couple of buckets of manure/organic material a day to produce about three hours of gas supply per day. This is fed via a plastic pipe into normal simple gas stove in their home. As the local people no longer need to burn wood in their houses to cook it also dramatically reduces ailments previously caused by breathing in and living in a very smoky house. The by-product of the biogas producer is a very good organic fertiliser.

To educate the local people on what works best and to ensure that it all works and that the trees get planted, the whole process is managed by a large charity that operates in the regions and is focused upon helping the local people out of poverty. The charity does a whole range of activity in the regions, but we have agreed a price per planted tree with them. It would not be possible or economic for us to manage the planting directly ourselves so paying a charity to do it is the best approach as the trees get planted, the charity gets paid to manage the planting and the local people can live off the fruits of the trees.

The charity is run from and regulated in the USA so it has regulators to ensure that it is going to what it says it does. The Charity Navigator (an assessor of how good a charity is) gives it their highest rating of 4 stars.

It does not take long for a seedling to become a sapling and continue sprouting until it bears its fruit for the local people and animals to eat.

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The trees are grown from seeds in tree nurseries run by the local people. The local people take responsibility for the tree nurseries, forest planting and looking after the rapidly growing forests. .

A major problem we had with other schemes was the lack of regulation and verification to confirm that our money was really being spent on planting trees. As no global independent regulator exists we had to look to other solutions for verification. What we wanted was for two independent and unrelated organisations to confirm that if we had paid for 600 trees to be planted that 600 trees really were planted. We wanted both of these organisations to be regulated to ensure that their results were factual and true. The solution that we came up with is this: We will have an independent accountant/auditor company (UK based/regulated) to confirm the number of trees that we have been funded to plant. We will then get a statement from the charity (USA regulated) to confirm that they have received the money to plant the same number of trees and that they have been planted. If both of the independent legally obligated organisations numbers match then we/you can be certain that whatever number of trees have been paid for - that the same number will have been planted. We assume that not all planted trees will grow and so we add in an extra 5% to make up the number.


So after we set all of this up then we found that friends liked the approach and the ones with a care for the planet asked us to do the same for them. After a month or so we had friends of friends that I did not know calling up and asking me about it. This escalated and we seemed to be spending a lot of time explaining the issues and chosen process to people and each time they asked us to help them do it. We wrote these words to send to people that emailed us with questions as the amount of time we were spending answering questions and helping people was becoming a noticeable part of our spare time. It was a worthy way to spend the time but the demand was increasing so we decided to create this web site and put all of our information on it for people to read and understand. If you like the process to make yourself Carbon Negative then we have tried to make it as simple as possible for you to follow what we have done.

As the trees only get planted because you have paid to have them planted, you will truly reduce the Carbon of the planet.

As they are planted and cared for by the local people who then depend upon for food - they will be looked after and not cut down.

The trees will continue to grow and exist and will continue to ensure you remain Carbon negative for your lifetime from this one off cost.

As we are focusing on making people Carbon Negative, we have set the system up so that you can be just Carbon Negative - which takes out twice your own Carbon footprint or Carbon Negative x10 which is better for the planet, but costs more. It's your choice which option you take.

We have set the system up to take all forms of online card payment and PayPal. We are currently using PayPal to process the transaction as they don't have a global branch/office infrastructure and hence have the lowest Carbon footprint of any of the organisation that can process payments. If anyone knows of a better route, then please let me know.

In addition to PayPal itself the following cards can be used:

 

Just put the kg value into the PayPal Quantity box and then click Proceed to Checkout to pay.

As an example if you live in the Belgium put 9,700 into the Quantity box to cover 9,700 kg's of Carbon

 

To become Carbon Negative x2
   
To become Carbon Negative x10
 

 

Country
CO2 emissions per person (Kg's)
Australia
16,200
Belgium
9,700
Bulgaria
5,500
Canada
20,000
Czech Republic
11,400
Denmark
9,800
Finland
12,600
France
6,000
Germany
9,800
Greece
8,800
Hong Kong, China (SAR)
5,500
Hungary
5,600
Iceland
7,600
Ireland
10,500
Israel
10,400
Italy
7,800
Japan
9,900
Kuwait
37,100
Luxembourg
25,000
Malta
6,100
Netherlands
8,700
New Zealand
7,700
Norway
19,100
Poland
8,000
Portugal
5,600
Saudi Arabia
13,600
Singapore
12,300
South Africa
9,800
Spain
7,600
Sweden
5,900
Switzerland
5,400
Turkey
3,200
United Kingdom
9,800
United States
20,600
Albania
1,200
Algeria
5,500
Angola
700
Antigua and Barbuda
6,000
Argentina
3,700
Armenia
1,200
Austria
8,600
Azerbaijan
3,800
Bahamas
6,700
Bahrain
23,900
Bangladesh
300
Barbados
4,700
Belarus
6,600
Belize
2,900
Benin
300
Bhutan
200
Bolivia
800
Bosnia and Herzegovina
4,000
Botswana
2,400
Brazil
1,800
Brunei Darussalam
24,000
Burkina Faso
100
Cameroon
300
Cape Verde
700
Central African Republic
100
Chile
3,900
China
3,800
Colombia
1,200
Comoros
100
Congo
1,000
Costa Rica
1,500
Croatia
5,300
Cuba
2,300
Cyprus
9,200
Djibouti
500
Dominica
1,500
Dominican Republic
2,200
Ecuador
2,200
Egypt
2,300
El Salvador
900
Equatorial Guinea
10,500
Eritrea
200
Estonia
14,000
Ethiopia
100
Fiji
1,200
Gabon
1,000
Gambia
200
Georgia
800
Ghana
300
Grenada
2,700
Guatemala
1,000
Guinea
100
Guinea-Bissau
200
Guyana
1,900
Haiti
200
Honduras
1,100
India
1,200
Indonesia
1,700
Jamaica
4,000
Jordan
2,900
Kazakhstan
13,300
Kenya
300
Korea (Republic of)
9,700
Kyrgyzstan
1,100
Lao People's Democratic Republic
200
Latvia
3,000
Lebanon
4,200
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
9,300
Lithuania
3,800
Macedonia (TFYR)
5,100
Madagascar
100
Malawi
100
Malaysia
7,500
Maldives
2,500
Mauritania
800
Mauritius
2,600
Mexico
4,200
Moldova
1,800
Mongolia
3,100
Morocco
1,400
Mozambique
100
Myanmar
200
Namibia
1,200
Nepal
100
Nicaragua
700
Niger
100
Nigeria
900
Occupied Palestinian Territories
200
Oman
13,600
Pakistan
800
Panama
1,800
Papua New Guinea
400
Paraguay
700
Peru
1,100
Philippines
1,000
Qatar
79,300
Romania
4,200
Russian Federation
10,600
Rwanda
100
Saint Kitts and Nevis
3,200
Saint Lucia
2,200
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
1,700
Samoa
800
Sao Tome and Principe
500
Senegal
400
Seychelles
6,700
Sierra Leone
200
Slovakia
6,700
Slovenia
8,100
Solomon Islands
300
Sri Lanka
600
Sudan
300
Suriname
5,200
Swaziland
800
Syrian Arab Republic
3,800
Tajikistan
800
Tanzania (United Republic of)
100
Thailand
4,200
Timor-Leste
200
Togo
400
Tonga
1,100
Trinidad and Tobago
24,900
Tunisia
2,300
Turkmenistan
8,800
Uganda
100
Ukraine
7,000
United Arab Emirates
34,100
Uruguay
1,600
Uzbekistan
5,300
Vanuatu
400
Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
6,600
Viet Nam
1,200
Yemen
1,000
Zambia
200
Zimbabwe
800


It has been suggested that we publicise the need for becoming carbon negative and encourage others to do it in an ethical way. We will be getting some stickers created that you can put in the back of your car "I am Carbon Negative.com"" or "We are Carbon Negative.com". As soon as we get them created then we will send a couple to everyone who has used the site - "I am ... "for individual sales and "we are ..." for anyone who has taken more than one . We are currently struggling to find good quality results using recycled plastics but once we do will send them out. From the sticker prices/quotes so far they will cost us about £1 each and so in your charge we have added in £2.64 to cover the costs of two stickers (£2), envelope (£0.10) and posting (Varies by country but £0.30 UK to £0.54 Worldwide).

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