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Global warming is a ‘hot’ topic these days… all the experts agree that human society and its consumption of fossil fuels has irrevocably changed the earth’s climate. Whether you believe that global warming is contributing to climate change or not, the fact remains that we are spewing forth the highest quantities of carbon dioxide and other noxious substances into the atmosphere than ever. We humans continue to multiply ourselves and use natural resources in unsustainable ways. We need a paradigm shift so that we can begin living as a global community sharing natural resources including the clean air and water which are precious and limited. Part of this shift will mean each of us taking responsibility for balancing our consumption, conserving the beauty and diversity of life for future generations and thereby assisting our planet in supporting us in these modern times.
Yes, people are waking up all over the world and realizing that each one of us can make a positive effect in diminishing the effects of excess carbon dioxide in the air, loss of animal and plant species, scarcity of clean potable water and new medicines and forest products for which demand is rising ever rapidly. Instead of waiting for industry and governments to “fix” the problems, and then having to live with their large scale, less than diverse manners of reparation, Community Carbon Trees-Costa Rica offers a way for everyday, normal people to get directly involved by sponsoring trees to be grown in socially responsible ways to help address all of these global problems. We offer you a chance to combine your energy with that of so many others from around the world to create multi-level food forest solutions which will capture excess carbon dioxide, conserve remaining tropical rainforests full of one of a kind flora and fauna in danger of extinction, and preserve clean water sources. What’s better yet is that all of these earth preserving tree planting and follow up maintenance activities are accomplished in cooperation with local impoverished communities in order to create sustainable income streams for them as well as to provide local and international markets with valuable sustainably grown lumber and other food and forest products.
At Community Carbon Trees-Costa Rica, we have over 12 years on the ground, real world experience producing, growing and managing forests of widely diverse native tropical trees with an efficient group of full time local workers and a growing community of participating “TICO” or Costa Rican families. We are a tight knit group of passionate co-workers and volunteers who believe in grassroots ACTION. We purposely keep our operation streamlined and rely on our website and word of mouth by people like you who are reading this and want to do anything you can to contribute to the solutions we are currently inventing as a planet community. We believe that ONE by ONE, with your generous sponsorship and our commitment, together we can grow huge new expanses of forest on deforested equatorial land owned by local Costa Rican people, One Tree at a Time.
“If we are truly to create lasting solutions to the environmental problems facing the planet, we have to do MORE than plant trees for global warming. . . . Ideally, we also have to find ways to preserve local communities and cultures, while immediately rebuilding deforested soils, wildlife corridors and protecting watersheds and old growth forests. This work is especially important in countries like Costa Rica where there still exist intact stretches of primary jungle along the coast which, in turn, nfluence the oceans and marine life, together so vital to the overall stability of our global climate”.
Jennifer Smith, Founder and President of Community Carbon Trees in Costa Rica
As commented by the esteemed conservationist and anthropologist, Richard Leakey, in the article entitled Extinctions Past and Present, published in TIME Magazine’s Earth Day 2000 issue, “people in poor countries should not be asked to choose between their own short term survival and longer term environmental needs. . . . Plenty of money is available for scientific field studies and conferences on endangered species . . . . What about development aid to give local people economic alternatives to cutting forests and plowing over land? That kind of funding is hard to come by.”
Community Carbon Trees offers the following synchronized solutions
- Sequester tons of carbon dioxide and other fossil fuels year after year
- Create biological corridors connecting fragmented rainforest to insure wildlife and species survival
- Protect rivers, streams and natural water springs from drying effects of equatorial sun
- Stabilize and repair damaged lands to prevent landslides
- Preserve local species of rare native trees and medicinal plants through seed collection networks
- Provide organic food for humans and animals alike
- Empower Tico landowners to engage in widespread, multi-species reforestation of degraded pasture land
- Provide Costa Rican “Tico” landowners with a way to earn good income off their land without engaging in destructive farming practices or real estate development
- Produce alternative, sustainable sources of rare tropical hardwoods through selected thinning and continued management to improve growth rates and carbon sequestration
- Fairly employ local Costa Ricans in a conscientious, cooperative endeavour
- Educate young and old, foreign and local as to value of preserving existing rainforest and regenerating what has been destroyed
- Establish integrated community cooperation and responsibility for the rainforest and its products
- Preserve local customs and Pura Vida ways of life