Turning carbon footprints into healthy soils

Dec 22, 2011

Healthier soils into 2012

This holiday season, offset the carbon footprint from sending gifts with a contribution to Camino Verde.  We are busy reducing greenhouse gases in two important ways: turning waste charcoal dust back into the soil as a major carbon sink, and planting trees.

In fact, this time around the sun we’re so excited about the new year that we’ve decided to plant some extra trees. 

Between now and January 31st, we will plant a tree for every new “like” on Camino Verde’s Facebook page.  As I write this, 2,070 people like CV.  In the next month and a half, let’s see how many trees we can get planted.  Spread the word.  Every person who clicks like on our page is one more tree planted in the Peruvian Amazon:  http://www.facebook.com/CaminoVerdePeru

In the meantime, we plan to continue enriching the soils of Tambopata, Peru with charcoal that would otherwise be burned or thrown in the river.  That’s what this little project is all about. 

Thanks for your support!  And have a wonderful holiday season.

Sep 30, 2011

Neutralizing your carbon footprint is easy!

"On every flight to New York and back, each traveller emits about 1.2t of CO2, using Department for Transport figures." (Source: here.)  

More and more people are becoming aware of the impact of so many actions that we take for granted: driving a car, taking a flight, leaving the refrigerator door open longer than necessary.  We each find our own ways to reduce our impact, while at the same time taking steps to absorb or off-set some of the carbon dioxide we produce.

Camino Verde has sought to develop a carboon footprint win/win, in which neutralizing one's carbon footprint provides additional benefits.  And so "Turning carbon footprints into healthy soils" was born.  We use waste charcoal dust from artisanal wood charcoal production as a soil input, improving soil quality while creating a stable carbon "sink", with CO2 captured in the soil for hundreds or even thousands of years.  Charcoal meanwhile helps the soil to retain nutrients, especially important in the tropics where vital minerals and organic matter are leached out by intense rains.

Please spread the word!  And the next time you fly, consider making a contribution to offset your flight.  We thank you for your support of this important work.  

Jun 27, 2011

Now: Turning carbon footprints into healthy soils


A few pieces of news for our carbon offsetting project...  

1.  The name has changed: now look for "Carbon offsets by agricultural charcoal (biochar)" as "Turning carbon footprints into healthy soils."  And, it's moved: 


2.  The project works like this: Every time we get to a $500 donation landmark ($500, $1000, $1500, etc.) we move into action dissolving carbon footprints and creating fertile carbon sinks.  Which means each time we get to the next $500 mark, we take two metric tons of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere-- for good.  Please help us to hit the first landmark ($500) as soon as we can!

3.  Take it slow: This project is designed to be a slow build, rather than a single fundraising push.  Recurring donations help us to grow.  If you give $25 a month as a recurring donation, we get to sequester over a metric TON of CO2, with your name on it.  Consider this as a means for offsetting your carbon footprint for the year!

Thanks for your interest, and for helping us to build healthy soils while trapping CO2 from the atmosphere.  

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Camino Verde

Concord, MA, United States

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Robin Van Loon

Concord, MA Peru

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