International Energy Agency (IEA) have just announced (see the BBC news story) that world carbon dioxide emissions have risen above 30 billion tonnes for the first time, despite the recession and some good intentions. Of all carbon emissions deforestation is the most variable from year to year, showing that it is the sector that is most susceptible to economic pressures. We can use these to our advantage though as it shows that small changes could quickly leverage rapid significant mitigation. I am more convinced than ever that as a fast acting mitigation solution, saving the rainforest is unparalleled.
Congratulations to all the winners and runners up in this year’s Yorkshire Post Environment Awards! It’s great to see so many companies in the region showcasing their green credentials and Yorkshire being recognised by the keynote speaker, Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman, as a leading region for innovative environmental projects. Continue reading Eco Success for NG Bailey→
Having spent my entire career working with a business whose suppliers are based in the tropics, I am only too familiar with the problems facing indigenous peoples and have long been involved in working with them to find solutions to the destruction of their environment. Continue reading Collaboration is Key→
We have been delighted with the achievements of our first three year project with the Rainforest Foundation UK to help protect 237,000 hectares of Peru’s Amazon rainforest. This project is all about working with the people who call the rainforest home, so we are supporting the 10,000 strong Ashaninka community in Peru, ensuring that they have the legal framework, skills and resources to continue to live in the rainforest and protect it from outside interests. With the Ashaninka’s representative body, the Central Ashaninka of the River Ene (CARE), putting our project into place on the ground, the community is being given support to manage their forest land and establish sustainable livelihoods within the rainforest. Continue reading Tea Cosy Auctions and Llama Treks…→
Today, the UK government set in place measures to cut our carbon dioxide emissions by 50 per cent by 2025. Our nation is leading the world in making such legally binding cuts and we should rightly be proud. I am hopeful that the rest of the world can follow this lead, but progress towards international agreement on emissions reduction is slow. Continue reading Leading the Way in Cutting Carbon Emissions→
It is a well known fact that forests help maintain rainfall patterns over large parts of the world. The thinking goes that if we cut down our forests then we will end up with droughts. It is a belief not only held by western eco-warriors but also by many forest communities and indigenous peoples around the world who strongly believe that without their forests the rain will dry up. Continue reading A Future of Droughts→
United Bank of Carbon is a not-for-profit collaboration between businesses and environmental scientists, which protects and restores forests and other greenery, through environmentally and socially-responsible partnerships with local communities. We undertake research, support forest and woodland projects in the UK and the tropics that deliver CSR/PR benefits, provide carbon reduction advice, and help to arrange compensation for unavoidable carbon emissions