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.
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.
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.
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.
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