Towards carbon neutrality in 2017
With just one simple action, you can join the community of people taking real action on climate change.
Are you looking for a way to reduce your impact on the planet and at the same time help our near neighbours in Timor-Leste, but have no idea where to start?
You can do that here and now through purchasing the equivalent number of CarbonSocial carbon credits to match your carbon footprint. In doing this you will be working with our neighbours in Timor-Leste towards a carbon neutral world. The WithOneSeed program has been working with subsistence tree farmers in the mountains of Timor-Leste to replant their forests. Since 2010, over 550 farmers from Baguia have planted over 110,000 trees which have sequestered nearly 40,000 tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere. The WithOneSeed program is the first Gold Standard certified community afforestation/reforestation program in the Asia-Pacific region.
It’s carbon offsetting + ethical, social, environmental and economic impacts.
As Australians, we have an average annual carbon footprint of 16.3 tonnes each. By comparison, the average Timorese annual carbon footprint is .3 tonnes each. So, our lifestyle is contributing to the warming of the planet at a rate 54 times greater than our near neighbours. And climate change is a greater threat to the livelihood of the average Timorese that it is to the average Australian. This is one of the reasons the farmers of Baguia are taking action themselves.
Simple Action. Many people. Big impact
You can do something about this today. You can purchase 17 CarbonSocial carbon credits and offset your annual carbon footprint and provide an income for Timorese tree farmers to plant more trees.
Every purchase will be acknowledged with a CarbonSocial certificate with a serial number.
Note: The average Australian has a footprint of 16.3 tonnes per annum. Feel free to work out what your footprint actually is. http://www.epa.vic.gov.au/AGC/home.html
And if you are outside or Australia and want to know the average per capita carbon footprint of the country you are in check out the World Bank site http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/EN.ATM.CO2E.PC?view=map
Combatting climate change
starts with one seed…
In all of our work we focus on sustaining a development model that is about putting and earned dollar in a person’s pocket. We believe that doing this empowers people to make decisions for themselves and not be reliant on charity and aid. We look to the UN Sustainable Development Goals to provide the framework for our work. Importantly, we pay above the market price for the green coffee beans we bring to Australia thereby ensuring that farmers are getting a fairer price.
We spend time in remote villages working with subsistence farmers developing their capacity to improve the crop yields and harvesting practices. We work with village woman looking at food security issues including food preparation, food and personal hygiene and nutrition.
Our training and education programs, which include www.withoneplanet.org.au, an online climate change resource has materials the focus on agroforestry and permaculture. We are involved in the production of The Tropical Permaculture Guidebook, which is a three volume manual on being able to live a ‘real’ subsistence life. That is a life in which you have all you need for a sustainable life.
Standing with our regional
neighbours in Timor-Leste.
Subsistence farmers in Timor-Leste, who are some of the poorest people in our region, are taking action to improve their environment while at the same time doing something about climate change. They recognise that the atmosphere knows no borders and we all have a responsibility to look after our planet.
Now, we have an opportunity to take responsibility for our own mess while supporting our regional neighbours, and together make a global impact and create a healthier planet.
CarbonSocial and WithOneSeed are initiatives of the xpand Foundation, a social enterprise committed to an inclusive society that values the sustainable livelihood and happiness of every individual.
The first Gold Standard certified carbon farming program in Timor-Leste.
WithOneSeed successfully gained certification from the Gold Standard Foundation under its afforestation/reforestation standard in March 2106 and achieved a successful Performance Audit outcome in April 2017. Therefore, CarbonSocial carbon credits produced under the WithOneSeed program meet both international and Australia carbon offset standards and are the only internationally certified credits available from Timor-Leste.
Importantly, all funds raised from the sale of CarbonSocial credits are used to directly pay small landholder subsistence farmers to plant and manage the forests under guidance from WithOneSeed.
Key achievements of
WithOneSeed to date.
It’s simple actions by many people that will make the biggest impact on climate change.
Since the 2015 global climate change conference in Paris, there is renewed vigour and refreshed interest in tackling the effects of carbon. World leadership and opinion about the need for real climate action is increasing, as is the call for individuals and industry to understand their responsibilities and mitigate their carbon footprint.
WithOneSeed has embraced the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all.
CarbonSocial credits can help deliver the 10 of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by:
- ending poverty and hunger and supporting sustainable farming
and lifelong learning
- promoting decent work, sustainable agricultural communities and economic growth
- taking action to combat climate change, manage forests and reverse land degradation
- encouraging global partnerships for sustainable development through relationships with Australian schools
- empowering women and children, (particularly girls), by increasing family income, facilitating children’s education and creating
family job prospects.