Over the past year we have sown 8000 Acacia seeds which are now planted out as tree seedlings. We have planted some for firewood more for construction poles and a large portion to enable us to erase our global footprint. The Acacia is a fast growing species and will help a little with deforestation, and also alleviate the hardship for women and children traveling long distances for firewood. We have also planted 1000 Moringa tree seeds, for research purposes.
The practice of planting trees is part of our village development programme, helping with soil improvement and water retention, and has the added benefit that the leaves absorb CO2 .
Traveling to Malawi necessitates travel by air which makes a significant contribution to atmospheric carbon dioxide levels.Carbon dioxide is, of course, also produced through the use of fossil fuels for other reasons, driving cars, travelling on public transport or heating and lighting homes.
Emissions vary from country to country. Here in Ireland, for example, each resident would need to plant about 15 trees, to absorb our annual carbon dioxide emissions. Planting trees won’t eliminate global warming. However, it will make a small but significant contribution to the global environment. And it will have an enormous impact on the lives of disadvantaged communities in Malawi.
It is possible, to estimate your emissions and take appropriate action.
For example, I am told that if I drive 12,000 miles a year in a 1.4 litre car this will produce 3.36 tonnes of CO2 a year, which can be offset by planting five trees.
A flight to Mzuzu from Dublin return, produces of 2 tonnes of CO2 , emission each. You can have a carbon neutral flight by planting 3 trees.
It is assumed that the tree will mature and have a lifespan of 80 years
At Wells for Zoe we believe that we can offset some of the effects we are all having on climate by planting much needed trees in Malawi and trading them for our guilty consciences.
It’s a win, win, win situation. Us, Malawi and the Environment
We are now in the process of producing Carbon Neutral luggage tags for flights.
You do the flying and we’ll do the planting.
You pay for the tree planting and we send you the tags and plant the trees.
The land is there, the seeds are there, the labour is there.
The cost: from €1.20 per tree planted, depending on species
Actions to reduce global warming
1. Use fossil fuels more efficiently.
2. Plant trees when you travel at roughly the following rate
• 1 tree every 2,000 miles (3200 km) by car
• 1 tree every 1300 miles (2000 km) by plane
• 1 tree every 100 gallons of gasoline
• 1 tree every 1000 kilowatt-hours of Electrical energy