NRVT Carbon Footprint Offset Program
We are all now aware of the need to drastically reduce our carbon footprint in order to stem the rise in global temperatures and slow down the rate of man-made climate change. The average per-capita of fossil fuel carbon dioxide emissions in Europe is a horrifying 6.7 metric tonnes per year according to the World Resources Institute.
While we wait for scientists and engineers to work out methods of carbon recapture there is something that we can do now to fight against climate change, and in the process help a community greatly affected by global warming.
In 2019 NRVT commissioned a study by conservation ecologist Madeleine Wheatley that shows planting fruit trees is an effective method of CO2 capture. Depending upon the species of tree and the climate it is planted in, a fruit tree can capture 40-50kg of CO2 per year. That translates to an impressive two metric tonnes during a 50 year lifespan. You can read the full study here.
In addition to making a positive contribution to the environment a fruit tree has the added benefit of improving the diet of a subsistence farmer and his family. It also provides a saleable product to take to market locally or to sell further afield creating increased economic empowerment.
At NRVT we will be growing fruit trees in the nursery section of the Jaleshwori Community Farm. By purchasing one of these trees you will be offsetting up to 50kg of your own personal carbon footprint a year. Buy 10 trees and offset 500kg and provide a farmer with a life-enhancing small orchard. Each tree costs £10 or €12. Simply state how many trees you wish to purchase and we will email you a beautiful and unique carbon offset voucher to keep or to offer as a gift.
Photos from the NRVT visit to the Everything organic Nursery near Kathmandu
In Europe, the average fossil fuel carbon dioxide (CO2) emission per person is a 6.7 metric tonnes per year. One fruit tree can sequestrate (capture) 40-50kg of CO2 per year, which equals two metric tonnes over the presumed 50 year lifespan of the tree.
Planting four trees per year will offset your carbon footprint for one year. However, it will take 50 years to do this. To speed up the process, simply plant more trees. Plant ten or twelve trees per year and you will offset your annual carbon footprint over a ten year period. What's more, those trees will continue to sequestrate carbon for the remainder of their lives and a corner of Khotang will be full of blossom every spring.
Act now, offer trees to subsistence farming families in the remote Himalayan mountains and become part of the climate solution with NRVT.