April 22nd marks 50 years of us celebrating our Earth. This year, we're giving you the opportunity to plant 50 trees to celebrate. Scroll down to learn about the impact of 50 trees.
NEUTRAL IS NOT ENOUGH.
Climate+ is the action of going beyond net zero. It means doing more than just offsetting your carbon footprint - by creating an environmental benefit by removing additional carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
We know that one of the most sustainable and cost-effective ways to accomplish this is by planting trees. Climate+ is a community of tree planters, rehabilitating our Earth, and having fun while we’re at it.
How can we do better?
There’s no such thing as a perfect environmentalist, don’t be discouraged by your ability to make meaningful changes. Big change can start as as small as:
- Turning your thermostat down by 2 degrees.
- Wearing clothes more than once before washing them.
- Bike, walk or ride the bus to work!
- Switch over to LED bulbs and smart appliances.
- Try buying local, seasonal fruits and vegetables.
- Use waxed cloth instead of plastic wrap for food.
- Remember your reusable bags, mugs and cutlery for all outings.
The impact of trees
Did you know that trees combat climate change? We have tonnes (literally) of excess carbon dioxide in our air. Trees do something called ‘sequestering carbon’, it’s their way of cleaning our air, and eliminating harmful elements from the earth. They do that by absorbing the C02, and storing the carbon. Not only do trees sequester carbon, they also produce oxygen. Next time you’re outside, take a nice deep breath of fresh air, and thank the nearest tree.
As we work to fight global warming, we can also thank the trees for cooling our earth. They provide shade, and their leaves release water vapor, cooling the planet even more. Just ten trees can offset the impact of a weekend road trip, a lifetime of iphones or even your drunken 2am hamburger habit.
Tree planting has a meaningful impact that reaches far beyond carbon sequestration. They provide homes for wildlife, and in areas like Madagascar, the crab and fish populations provide additional food sources and income for the locals. In addition to the environmental benefits, we employ people from local communities. This extends our impact far beyond environmentalism. These are the building blocks of a long lasting and sustainable restoration project.
We recognize that there are lots of ways to offset carbon, but are confident that our tree planting initiatives provide the most meaningful, holistic and verified impact on our Earth.
What does offsetting mean to tentree?
To tentree, neutrality isn’t change, so ‘offsetting’ means going beyond neutral and doing something positive for our planet. We don’t agree with the idea that simply doing no harm will equate to change, we’re here on this beautiful earth, ready to do some good.
We want to make offsetting easy, understandable, accessible, fun, and impactful. Our climate+ packages aim to do just that.
Where do we plant your trees?
Our Earth Day Climate+ packages will allow us to work with our partners to plant many species of trees including mangroves in the coastal regions of Madagascar and Indonesia. Mangrove trees are one of the most efficient carbon sequestering trees in the world and planting them provides much more than a carbon impact for our planet. We are incredibly grateful for our planting partners, like Eden Reforestation Projects who are on the ground making things happen.
Sequesters enough CO2 for 11 years of pet food - Assuming the average dog food emits 700kg of CO2 per year
Sequesters enough CO2 for 4.4 years of watching Netflix - Assuming people watch 1.5 hours of Netflix per day
Sequesters enough CO2 for 36.4 years of eating avocados - Assuming people eat 1-2 avocados per day
Sequesters enough CO2 for 80.2 years of grocery shopping with plastic bags - Assuming an individual uses 10 plastic bags every week
Sequesters enough CO2 for 2.01 years of driving - Assuming the average person drives 15,200km per year
Sequesters enough CO2 for just over one second of emissions from the Canadian Oil Industry - Assuming the oil industry emits 195 million tons of CO2 per year
Sequesters enough CO2 for 46.4 years of single use plastic - Assuming people use 1.5 straws, 1 plastic cup, 0.4 plastic water bottles and 2 plastic wrappers everyday
Sequesters enough CO2 for 3 months of living - Assuming an individual's driving, eating, shopping, Netflix, phone use and household energy use.
Sequesters enough CO2 for 1.5 years of phone use - Assuming the average individual uses their phone between 3-5 hours per day
Sequesters enough CO2 for 11.15 package shipments - Assuming the shipments are coming from 6,000km away
Sequesters enough CO2 for 39 years of drinking beer - Assuming an individual has 8 beers per week
Sequesters enough CO2 for 59.57 years of drinking cappuccinos - Assuming an individual has 1-2 everyday
Sequesters enough CO2 for 248 nights in a hotel - Assuming a hotel room emits 31kg CO2 per night
Sequesters enough CO2 for 5.13 years of eating a vegan diet - Assuming the average vegan diet emits 1.5 tons of CO2 per year
Sequesters enough CO2 for 3 years of an average diet - Assuming the average diet emits 2.5 tons of CO2 per year
Sequesters enough CO2 for 6.69 flights across Canada - Assuming the flight is 5,000km both ways
Sequesters enough CO2 for 1,521,739 Instagram posts - Assuming every post emits 5.06grams CO2
Sequesters enough CO2 for 77,000,000 Snapchats - Assuming every snapchat emits 0.1grams CO2
Sequesters enough CO2 for 770,000 google searches - Assuming each search emits 10grams CO2
Sequesters enough CO2 for 3.83 hours of flying in a private jet - Assuming
a private jet emits 2,010kg CO2 per hour
Sequesters enough CO2 for 5,789 CDs or Vinyls - Assuming each CD or Vinyl emmits 1,330 grams CO2
Sequesters enough CO2 for 45,562 chocolate bars - Assuming the average
chocolate bar emits 169grams CO2
Sequesters enough CO2 for 3,208 loads of laundry - Assuming the clothing
is washed at 40 degrees and tumble dried
Sequesters enough CO2 for the production of 20 macbook pro’s - Assuming
each macbook pro production emits 385kg CO2
Sequesters enough CO2 for 1.02 year of household appliances - Assuming appliances include laundry, heating, cooling and showers
Sequesters enough CO2 for 566 pairs of running shoes - Assuming each pair
emits 30 pounds of CO2
Sequesters enough CO2 for 377 showers - Assuming the showers last 10 minutes
Provides a job for a woman in Madagascar and alleviates poverty in some of the poorest communities in the world.
Protects a 50 square meter area of threatened coastal erosion. (The size of a 1 bedroom apartment)
Provides land habitat for endangered species of wildlife in Northwestern Madagascar
Returns underwater life to the coast including fish, crab, and shrimp.
Produces 10,000lbs of fruit per year (200lbs/tree) once the tree is mature.