Carbonfund.org was founded in 2003 as a non-profit and is based in East Aurora, New York. Pictured here is Lesley Carlson, who helped found Carbonfund.org, and her two daughters wearing 4Ocean Bracelets. Lesley is the wife of Eric Carlson, who is a founder and President of Carbonfund.org Foundation.
The project 4Ocean is supporting is the Envira Amazonia Project tropical rainforest conservation and community enhancement project protecting 500,000 acres of deep in rainforest containing some of the highest levels of biodiversity on the planet and directly benefitting the local communities. The project is based in the Amazonian Basin of Acre, Brazil and The Envira Amazonia Project shall mitigate the release of more than 12.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions over the Project's first 10 years.
The ultimate project activities are to undertake a forest carbon inventory, model regional deforestation and land-use patterns, and mitigate deforestation pressures by utilizing payments for the Project’s ecosystem services, along with ongoing monitoring of the climate, community and biodiversity impacts of the Project. In addition to voluntarily foregoing plans to convert the forests to a large-scale cattle ranch, the landowners will also implement numerous activities to assist local communities and mitigate deforestation pressures such as: offering agricultural extension training courses; beginning patrols of potential deforestation sites in the early stages of the Project; granting land tenure to local communities; and establishing alternative economic activities including commercializing the collection of medicinal plants and açaí.
Many scientific groups including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment (ACIA) believe that the Arctic is tremendously exposed to the impact of global climate change which has a significant impact on polar bears. As a top predator, polar bears are a key species of the Arctic balancing out the fragile marine ecosystem via their hunting of prey. As rising temperatures melt substantial amounts of both polar ice caps and sea ice, polar bears are not able to access their food supplies, consisting mainly of seals. The result is less reproduction and the birth of smaller cubs that will struggle to fight off predators, both of which will contribute to declines in the polar bear population.
Carbonfund.org has worked with thousands of businesses and individuals on calculating their carbon footprints. Please visit: https://carbonfund.org/individuals/ and review their pre-set options or select the “calculate your carbon footprint” tab to utilize their world- class carbon calculators.
For business carbon footprint calculations, or any questions on carbon offsetting, please feel free to contact Jarett Emert, Global Sustainability and Investments Manager, directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The last two decades have been the hottest in 400 years and possibly the warmest in several millennia with NASA claiming that average temperatures have climbed 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit since 1880. As previously mentioned, Arctic ice is disappearing rapidly along with glaciers and mountain snow. Coral reefs have recorded their worst bleaching ever recorded since 1998. Furthermore, most of the world's countries signed the Paris Accord to collectively work towards mitigating climate change.
There is a lot! Some ways that you can learn about your current carbon footprint and what you can do to offset it is:
Reduce what you can: https://carbonfund.org/reduce/
Offset the Rest: https://carbonfund.org/individuals/
Pictured: Jarett Emert from CarbonFund.org
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4Ocean is partnering with SeaLegacy throughout the month of August to advocate for marine protected areas and support sustainable fisheries around the world.