WHY SHOULD I CARE ABOUT MY CARBON FOOTPRINT?
Climate change is real, and it's put humanity in a very precarious position.
An unnatural increase in greenhouse gases has raised global temperatures to levels that are causing mortal stress for life on our planet. So it’s up to us to make small changes in our lifestyles in order to make a big change in this world. Here at Gone West, we’ve tried to make it as easy as possible for our users to contribute to the fight against climate change.
What are the benefits of going carbon neutral?
By going carbon neutral, you will create oxygen, reverse desertification, save animal lives and create sustainable jobs. It's a noble and practical step towards making a future for humanity on this planet, and you can even write it off in your taxes.
Can I visit a Gone West forest?
Yes! All our trees are being planted on accessible land, and we picked places that are fun to visit. When you purchase your tree we will send you the coordinates and more info about your trees new home.
What species of tree does Gone West plant?
This all depends on the planting land we’re working on. We only plant trees native to that environment, because non-native trees can have a negative effect on wildlife and their habitats.
Will using Gone West reverse climate change?
We have a realistic idea of where we stand in the fight against climate change. Yes, using our services will ease the strain that pollution has on the planet, but we also advocate making other small lifestyle changes to help the earth. These include installing energy saving appliances around your home and generally trying to reduce your emissions altogether by using green transport services. Always be on the look out for exciting projects which are kind to the earth and reduce emissions, and if you find any, please let us know about them. If we’re going to save the planet, it’s going to be a collective effort!
So, Gone West have planted my trees. How does this actually offset CO2?
The trees we plant will absorb CO2 during photosynthesis. The CO2 will remain in your tree until it dies and decomposes. Even after a tree has died, the wood can be harvested and used in products, therefore trapping the CO2 and not releasing it back into the atmosphere?
How serious is deforestation to become catch our concern and force us to act?
According to satellite data, tropical forests are being destroyed at a rate of about 8 million hectares (31,000 square miles) a year — an area equivalent in size to the state of South Carolina or the Czech. About 36 football fields’ worth of trees are lost every minute due to deforestation. At this rate, it is estimated that all the forest will be gone in the next 100 years.
How does deforestation contribute to global warming?
The deforestation of trees not only lessens the amount of carbon stored, it also releases carbon dioxide into the air. This is because when trees die, they release the stored carbon. According to the 2010 Global Forest Resources Assessment, deforestation releases nearly a billion tons of carbon into the atmosphere per year. This makes it the second largest anthropogenic (human-caused) source of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere (after fossil fuel combustion), ranging between 6 percent and 17 percent, according to a study published in 2009 in Nature
What is the meaning of GREENHOUSE EFFECT?
The greenhouse effect is a natural phenomenon that insulates the Earth from the cold of space. As incoming solar radiation is absorbed and re-emitted back from the Earth’s surface as infrared energy, greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the atmosphere prevent some of this heat from escaping into space, instead reflecting the energy back to further warm the surface. This acts like a typical greenhouse, hence the name.
What are the GREENHOUSE GASSES?
There are ten primary GHGs; of these, water vapor (H2O), carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), and nitrous oxide (N2O) are naturally occurring. Perfluorocarbons (CF6, C2F6), hydrofluorocarbons (CHF3, CF3CH2F, CH3CHF2), and sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) are only present in the atmosphere due to industrial processes. CO2 is the primary anthropogenic greenhouse gas, accounting for 78% of the human contribution to the greenhouse effect in 2010.
What is the meaning of Anthropogenic greenhouse gasses?
These are greenhouse gasses produced mainly by the activity of human beings, as opposed to natural processes. Anthropogenic climate change therefore meaning man-made climate change - climate change caused by human activity.
Most of your activities are aimed at combating climate change. What is climate change? Is it all bad?
Climate change A pattern of change affecting global or regional climate, as measured by yardsticks such as average temperature and rainfall, or an alteration in frequency of extreme weather conditions. This variation may be caused by both natural processes and human activity. Global warming is one aspect of climate change. Many other negative effects such as increased in desertification, increase frequencies of flooding and unstable weather conditions have been associated with Climate change.
What is the meant by the term Carbon Footprint?
This refers to the amount of carbon emitted by an individual or organisation in a given period of time, or the amount of carbon emitted during the manufacture of a product.
I want my business to become carbon neutral if that’s good for the planet, but I don’t know what this term means!
This is a process where there is no net release of CO2. For example, growing biomass takes CO2 out of the atmosphere, while burning it releases the gas again. The process would be carbon neutral if the amount taken out and the amount released were identical. A company or country can also achieve carbon neutrality by means of carbon offsetting.
What’s the meaning of Carbon Offsetting?
A way of compensating for emissions of CO2 by participating in, or funding, efforts to take CO2 out of the atmosphere. Offsetting often involves paying another party, somewhere else, to save emissions equivalent to those produced by your activity. This is what we, Gone West, are specialised in Doing.
What is carbon sequestration?
This is the process of storing carbon dioxide. This can happen naturally, as growing trees and plants turn CO2 into biomass (wood, leaves, and so on). It can also refer to the capture and storage of CO2 produced by industry. Same as Carbon capture and storage.
I know the ocean as the only Carbon Sink, do you mean that trees can also be referred to as Carbon Sinks?
First of all, Carbon Sinks refers to any process, activity or mechanism that removes carbon from the atmosphere. The biggest carbon sinks are the world's oceans and forests, which absorb large amounts of carbon dioxide from the Earth's atmosphere. So, lets plant more trees to enhance a greater Carbon Sink.
Can I choose where my tree is planted?
Yes, you can choose the project where you wish your tree to be planted. We display our partner projects where the trees are being planted to give you freedom of picking your favourite spot.
Can I volunteer at Gone West?
At this moment we are not taking on volunteers for our tree planting efforts. We believe reforestation is as much about bringing back native flora and fauna to a region as it is providing sustainable economies in these impoverished rural areas. For this reason, we have made a commitment to employ local people for our tree planting efforts. We occasionally have community planting days, keep an eye on our facebook page for details.
How can I set up a partnership with Gone West?
We are very flexible on how we work with individuals, schools and businesses. We will work closely with you to accommodate any ideas, so please don't hesitate to contact us if you like what we do!
Can I have a green wedding?
Oh yes! Imagine knowing that your special day is having no detrimental effect on the environment. We can calculate your wedding’s carbon footprint and suggest how many trees require planting to offset the celebration. Perhaps even invite your guests to each purchase a tree and make it a green wedding to remember.
Can I dedicate a tree?
Yes, of course. What better way to say goodbye, welcome a new born, celebrate a marriage, birthday or special occasion than with a tree. It’s an unforgettable and truly meaningful gift. Look at our gift section to discover how Gone West can help you even much more.
When are our trees planted?
We plant your trees usually during the rainy season, when the soil provides the best conditions for tree survival. Even if the trees are credited to you right away, this could mean that the time between your sponsorship and the actual tree planting varies according to the region you support and the time of the year.
Can we use the photos and videos from your projects?
When you join our programme, you do get access to all the pictures, videos and content for your own communication. New material is sent regularly throughout the year while you remain an active partner.
How often are the planting sites monitored?
We are continuously monitoring our planting sites and checking if the trees are thriving. We also partner with a third party to evaluates the forest growth.
Besides funding trees, what can I do?
There are several things you can do:
a.) Eat consciously
b.) Reduce flying
c.) Reduce your energy consumption or chose green energy
d.) Buy less and more carefully
e.) Offset what you cannot reduce.
Have we addressed all your concerns? If not, please don’t hesitate to bombard us with questions. We are always here for you.
"A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in."