WHAT IS CARBON OFFSETTING?
A carbon offset is a reduction in emissions of carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gases made in order to compensate for emissions made elsewhere.
WHAT IS THE IMPACT OF A TREE?
Trees do something called ‘sequestering carbon’, it’s their way of cleaning our air, and eliminating harmful elements from the earth. They do that by absorbing the C02 and storing the carbon. Not only do trees sequester carbon, but they also produce oxygen.
What type of trees are being planted and where?
We are primarily planting mangrove trees in Madagascar and Indonesia, but are also planting Acacia trees in Senegal, and Avocado trees in Haiti. Mangrove trees, in particular, are one of the most efficient carbon sequestering trees in the world and planting them provides much more than a carbon impact for our planet. We are incredibly grateful for our planting partners — Eden Reforestation Projects, Trees for the Future, and Plant with Purpose, who are on the ground with local communities ensuring these incredible impacts happen.
How much CO2 does a tree absorb?
Every tree is a bit different depending on the characteristics of the tree itself and the ecosystem it lives in. For example, mangroves sequester up to 4x as much as tropical rain forests, mostly due to their ability to store large amounts of carbon in the soil around their root systems.
How much CO2 does a mangrove absorb?
On average, each mangrove tree removes over 680lbs (308kg)of Co2 from the atmosphere over the growth life of the tree.
Why mangrove trees?
Scientific studies have shown that Mangroves sequester carbon at a rate two to four times greater than mature tropical forests and contain the highest carbon density of all terrestrial ecosystems.
What are the environmental benefits of tree planting?
One of the many benefits of reforestation is that trees are extremely efficient at carbon sequestration and amongst the most effective tools in the fight against dangerous greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change and global warming. Trees convert the carbon dioxide (CO2) into plant matter, holding this material for the life of the tree and beyond.
How can we do better?
There’s no such thing as a perfect environmentalist, don’t be discouraged by your ability to make meaningful changes. Big change can start as small as:
- Turning your thermostat down by 2 degrees.
- Wearing clothes more than once before washing them
- Bike, walk or ride the bus to work!
- Switch over to LED bulbs and smart appliances.
- Try buying local, seasonal fruits and vegetables.
- Use waxed cloth instead of plastic wrap for food.
- Remember your reusable bags, mugs and cutlery for all outings.
The impact of trees. Did you know that trees combat climate change?
We have tonnes (literally) of excess carbon dioxide in our air. Trees do something called ‘sequestering carbon’, it’s their way of cleaning our air, and eliminating harmful elements from the earth. They do that by absorbing the Co2, and storing the carbon. Not only do trees sequester carbon, they also produce oxygen. Next time you’re outside, take a nice deep breath of fresh air, and thank the nearest tree. As we work to fight global warming, we can also thank the trees for cooling our earth. They provide shade, and their leaves release water vapor, cooling the planet even more. Just ten trees can offset the impact of a weekend road trip, a lifetime of iPhones or even your drunken 2am hamburger habit.
Why tree planting has a meaningful impact that reaches far beyond carbon sequestration.
They provide homes for wildlife, and in areas like Madagascar, the crab and fish populations provide additional food sources and income for the locals. In addition to the environmental benefits, we help employ people from local communities. This extends our impact far beyond environmentalism. These are the building blocks of a long lasting and sustainable restoration project. We recognise that there are lots of ways to offset carbon but are confident that our tree planting initiatives provide the most meaningful, holistic and verified impact on our Earth.