The actions of individuals, companies and nations as a whole are all generating carbon emissions, which are unequivocally linked to the climate change crisis the planet is facing. The first step to taking effective action is to reduce your carbon footprint. However being totally carbon neutral through personal lifestyles changes or changes to business practices may not at present be achievable for the majority of us. What’s left over after implementing low carbon practices can be offset through a variety of methods?
Using trees to offset carbon:
Tree planting has been shown to be a viable way to offset carbon emissions. However planting trees to offset carbon has been the centre of some fierce debate over the years. Nonetheless through such constructive debate the consensus is that tree planting is a valid tool to tackle climate change and one of only a few methods that actually remove existing CO2 from the atmosphere. Through quality research on carbon forestry we are now able to determine criteria that influence the success and benefits achieved through tree planting. For example low latitude tropical forests sequester far more carbon than a northern latitude temperate forest.
Here at PATT foundation we aim to provide a viable means to offset carbon through forest restoration. We only initiate carbon offset projects is areas where there is sound empirical evidence to show that a net removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere will be achieved.