Sunday, 23 February 2014

UK TREE PLANTING & CYCLING

Whilst looking more into the effects of certain climate change issues and how we can help, I came across the following information on planting trees to remain carbon neutral. 

Plant in your region of the UK.

Planting trees is a great way to offset your carbon footprint and become carbon neutral. Through photosynthesis trees absorb carbon dioxide to produce oxygen and wood.


Tree Planting in action

We are working with tree planting partners to be able to provide an opportunity to individuals and organisations to plant native British broad-leaved trees in your region of the UK. Most of the planting takes place in school locations and all are high quality cell grown 'whips' (year old saplings) that are tagged with unique identification codes.


By planting trees you will not only be offsetting carbon emissions, but also helping provide wildlife habitat for many hundreds of years, and passing on to future generations a fascinating and highly valuable ecological heritage. 
Trees and plants sequester (i.e. absorb) the atmospheric carbon as part of the process of photosynthesis, which enables them to grow. Through this process, carbon dioxide is converted into stored carbon, and this is why trees are sometimes referred to as ‘carbon sinks'. 


  • Health and environment,
  • News,
  • 11.07.2013

Cycling for a climate you like

But how much CO2 does cycling really save?

The “World You Like” campaign aims to promote existing climate solutions in Europe. Indeed, there are many of them. Saving the climate makes people creative. Yet, one such climate solution indeed already exists all over Europe – the bicycle.
Cycling to work, spending your holidays cycling, or using your bike to transport stuff and groceries is something almost anybody, anywhere can do right now. But just how much CO2 can you save using your bike?
Knowing how much greenhouse gas you are releasing into the air using different modes of transport is possible. ECF has calculated and compared the carbon dioxide emissions of cycling, driving a car, or taking the bus.
Let’s start with the car, still most Europeans’ preferred mode of transport. As it turns out, unfortunately it is also the most environmentally unfriendly one. It starts with production. Producing cars is a high-energy industrial process that uses lots of raw material. On average, the production of a car alone accounts for 42 g of CO2 emissions per kilometer driven.
But actually driving your car is what really bumps up greenhouse gas emissions, of course. Considering the average road use of European car drivers, different fuel types and average occupation, and adding emissions from production, driving a car emits about 271 g CO2 per passenger-kilometer.
Taking the bus will already cut your emissions by more than half. Buses have longer life spans and can carry more people, which means that producing them accounts for less emissions per passenger and kilometer. A bus ride will only blow 101 g of CO2 per kilometer into the air, which is less than the majority of even the most modern cars available.
Yet these numbers are based on average occupation, and if twice as much people took public transport regularly, the emissions could be reduced even further.
But what if you wanted to reduce your emissions to an absolute minimum? Enter the bicycle.
Some might think bicycles are not producing emissions at all. No fuel, no tank, and no exhaust, so where would the carbon dioxide come from? Yet bicycles need to be produced as well, and while they are not fuel-powered, they’re food-powered – and producing food unfortunately creates a certain amount of CO2 emissions.
The question is, just how much exactly? And how much is it compared to cars and buses?
And here comes the good news. The production of a bicycle sets you back only 5 g per kilometer driven. That’s about one tenth compared to the production of a car. Add to that the CO2 emissions from the average European diet, which is another 16 g per kilometer cycled. In total, riding your bike accounts for about 21 g of CO2 emissions per kilometer – again, more than ten times less than a car!
And there is room for improvement as well. Europeans still eat quite a lot of meat, which needs up to 1500 g of CO2 emissions per 100 calories produced. Climate-friendly, vegetarian and local food produces much less CO2 (11 g for corn, 23 g for potatoes, for example). If more people changed their eating habits, the bicycles’ carbon record could be even better – not to mention the health benefits of both cycling and a healthy diet.
So if you are the owner of a bicycle, one personal climate solution is right there in front of your door or in your backyard. Why not start leaving the car at home this summer, and begin cycling into a world you like?

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