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Carbon offsetting

Since the 1800s, the global emission of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases has been increasing. For example, in 2019, about 43.1 billion tons of CO2 were emitted into the atmosphere as a by-product of human activities. That was an all-time high breaking the previous record from 2018!

Recently, carbon offsetting or going carbon-neutral is a growing priority for organisations and governments in many countries. As such, offsetting carbon has become a common practice among large businesses and organisations in a bid to mitigate their greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions.

How does carbon offsetting work?

Usually, carbon offsetting works by trading carbon credits or permits in carbon markets. Essentially, these credits represent the right to emit a set amount of greenhouse gases. While this may seem unreasonable in the face of climate change, trading carbon credits help to fund eco-friendly activities. For example, you can plant trees to offset your carbon or restore degraded lands. Other ways include providing renewable solutions to communities in developing economies.

Certainly, there are ethical concerns when it comes to carbon offsetting. But doing it the right way could help to support and sustain the green economy while being part of wider global emissions-reduction strategies.

What is a carbon offset?

carbon offset is a reduction in emissions of carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gases made in order to compensate for emissions made elsewhere

Greenhouse gases (GHG) are gases that cause the so-called greenhouse effect on our planet. Earth’s natural greenhouse effect is vital to supporting life. However, human activities, mainly the burning of fossil fuels and clearcutting of forests, have increased the greenhouse effect and caused global warming

A carbon offsetting solution for our volunteers

To reduce our business impact, we are offering a tree planting scheme to our volunteers to offset their carbon footprint from air travel. We do not buy or sell carbon credits; we work directly with our partner project, BORNEO WILD HABITAT. Our tree planting scheme is part of the Corridor of Life project, an ongoing reforestation work to connect degraded habitats and preserve the remaining wildlife and biodiversity in this region.

Why plant trees to offset carbon?

Planting trees is one of the most effective nature-based solutions we can apply to combat climate change. Trees absorb and store carbon dioxide as part of their natural lifecycle. So, by planting more trees we can reduce the amount of carbon dioxide present in the atmosphere. Also, it is more practical than providing renewable energy. Moreover, tree planting helps with tackling air pollution, preventing soil erosion, and providing a home to our dwindling wildlife.

Airtravel: Did you know?

If you travel by air, your personal carbon footprint is drastically increased. Commercial air travel accounts for around 2.5% of global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. This may not seem a lot, but an estimated 80% of people never fly at all! Due to inequality in the world, only about 20% of people can afford to fly.

So, be a leader by offsetting your flight, especially when you travel to make a difference for the planet!

Click here to PLANT A TREE!

Our reforestation successes so far

APE Malaysia has tons of experience with replanting activities, especially restoring degraded land or destroyed habitats. Some of their major successes in the past few years include:

Planting trees

More than 36,000 trees planted between 2007-20.
3.5 hectares of reforested floodplain rainforest.
75-85% survival rate – one of the highest in the region to see the formation of healthy junior canopies within 3 years.

Attracting wildlife

First sighting of a mother and baby orangutan nesting in trees planted by volunteers in July 2016.
Sightings and indirect evidence of wildlife within various planting sites such as deer, civets, macaques, hornbills, elephant, reptiles and various birds.

If you would like to know more or have a query, contact us here.

What you can do to support us

While we do encourage paid volunteers to purchase our tree planting scheme when flying to and from our project sites, this scheme is entirely optional and on a voluntary basis. However, if you would like to support us, or if you are interested in reducing your carbon footprint by helping us plant trees, contact us here

Also, you can support us by making a donation, which will be a great help for the rescued animals that urgently need care during these difficult pandemic times.

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