2020 is the year we must act on climate, make a commitment to offset your 18.4 tonne personal CO2 emissions and support subsistence tree farmers in Timor-Leste.
(Australia’s average annual carbon emissions per capita is 18.4 tonnes)
We work with over 950 subsistence farmers in Baguia Timor-Leste to replant their forests and improve livelihoods and build village economies.
Many Australians are concerned about the effect of their carbon footprint on climate change. Many of us have been taking action to reduce our individual and household carbon footprints. However, almost none of us can reduce it to zero because we rely on goods and services that have a carbon footprint over which we have no direct control.
We propose that you and your household reduce or eliminate your annual carbon footprint by purchasing CarbonSocial carbon credits. By offsetting your annual carbon footprint with CarbonSocial carbon credits you are
- being a good global citizen, and
- helping the tree farmers of Baguia generate a sustainable income and improve their local environment.
Make 2018 the year you take direct action on climate change.
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 730 farmers from Baguia have planted over 110,000 trees which have sequestered over 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 18.4 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 18 CarbonSocial carbon credits and offset your annual carbon footprint and provide an income for Timorese tree farmers to plant more trees. This will build economic justice and create a fairer more equitable world.
Every purchase will be acknowledged with a CarbonSocial certificate with a unique internationally traceable serial number.
Note: The average Australian has a footprint of 18.4 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
Suppporting and linking subsistence farmers
with people around the world wanting to take direct action on climate change.
In all of our work, we focus on sustaining a development model that is about putting an 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 believe in economic justice through viable, locally controlled social enterprise. We look to the UN Sustainable Development Goals to provide the framework for this work.
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 achievements to date:
- Over 960 Baguia farmers engaged in community forestry
- Over 152,000 trees under management
- Over 50,000 t CO2e removed from the global atmosphere
- More than 15,000 carbon credits sold internationally to companies driving toward carbon neutrality
- Nearly US$300,000 paid into the Baguia village economy since 2010
- Over 5% of Baguia farmers directly involved in planting and managing trees
- Just under 30% of the population of Baguia benefitting financially from WithOneSeed
- 15 permanent full-time jobs and 15 casual jobs created
- Baguia Farmer Finance Cooperative established
- WithOneSeed achieving the internationally certified carbon forestry program under the Gold Standard Foundation
- Internationally recognised Master Tree Growers agroforestry training program established in Baguia
- The establishment of the Baguia Agroforestry and horticulture centre in 2019
- MOU with the Government of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste and WithOneSeed
- 10 of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals being addressed by WithOneSeed.
- WithOneSeed community forestry program expansion into four other Municipalities of Timor-Leste in 2019
- Establish the Foundasuan Rai Matak (Green Land Foundation) in late 2019 to manage expansion across Timor-Leste to be managed and directed by Timorese for Timorese.
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.
Moving beyond charity and aid and delivering economic empowerment while reducing human-made global warming.
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 2017 and 2019. 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.
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.
It’s simple actions by many people that will make the biggest impact on climate change.
For less than $1 a day you can now join a growing group of people taking responsibility for their individual carbon footprint.
Your action will ensure the viability of the WithOneSeed program as a new way of development which is beyond charity and aid and focused on small landholder social enterprise initiatives. Putting an earned dollar in a farmers pocket gives him or her the opportunity to make decisions for themselves.
The planting of forests is one of the quickest and effective ways of removing green house gases from the atmosphere today.
The WithOneSeed program provides a way for individuals and businesses to show our leaders that we, the people, want to leave a habitable planet for our children and grandchildren.
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.