Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Stand for Trees!

C. Coimbra photo

Stand For Trees empowers everyday citizens – all of us – to take direct action to protect endangered forests and reduce the impacts of climate change.

Every time you buy a Stand For Trees Certificate, you help local forest communities around the world keep a specific forest standing and prevent a tonne of CO2 from entering the earth's atmosphere.

Stand For Trees Certificates are high-quality verified carbon credits based on the proven REDD+ model and meet the rigorous standards set by the Verified Carbon Standard. Further, all Stand for Trees projects have attained or are committed to attaining verification to the Climate Community and Biodiversity Alliance standard, a partnership of leading NGOs that includes CARE, The Nature Conservancy, and The Rainforest Alliance. The credits are registered on the world's largest environmental registry services provider, Markit, and meet Code REDD's peer-reviewed international Code of Conduct.

What if we all stood up for trees and saved a tonne? The term 'tonne' represents a metric ton – a unit of measurement equal to approximately 2,205 pounds or 1,000 kilograms. That's a lot of CO2 that would otherwise be released into air, contributing to the man-made greenhouse gases that are accumulating and accelerating climate change in our lifetimes.

The fact is, when we stand together and purchase these unique carbon credits (or should we say 'community credits'), we shift the economics so that the trees are worth more alive than dead. And we help communities protect their forests for the long-term benefit for the many versus the short-term depletion by the few.

The funding these communities receive helps local residents pursue sustainable livelihoods that don't rely on the destructive practice of clearing their greatest resource. Communities get stronger. Vital habitats – many of them home to endangered species – are safeguarded. And fresh air is generated for all living things on the planet. Not a small thing.
HOW MUCH IS A TONNE ANYWAY?

The term 'tonne' refers to a metric tonne of carbon dioxide (CO2). By protecting forests, we are preventing millions of tonnes of CO2 from entering our atmosphere. For instance, one single mature tree in the Congo rainforest would emit as much as 18 tonnes of CO2 if it is cut down.


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