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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:

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.  

Sep 30, 2011

Our new plant nursery is on the way!

Hi again friends and supporters of Camino Verde,

With your help, we have continued to move right along toward the completion of our project objectives, and I'm excited to share our most recent milestones.  You may recall that we were already able to complete the two primary goals of this project: planting 1000 trees, and making the acquisition and protection of 100 more acres of rainforest a reality.

Now we have set our sights on the expanded secondary goals for this project, and the first of these is the creation of an on-site plant nursery that will allow us to propagate 1000's of tree seedlings and reduce costs and carbon footprint associated with transporting seedlings from elsewhere.  

This month we took a big first step toward the creation of the nursery: we drilled a well to provide water to the tree seedlings.  You can find photos of the work party that made it happen by clicking here.  Next up: construction of an elevated platform to support our water tank.  In the meantime, we have acquired most of the materials for our plant nursery, and our looking forward to setting it up!  

And most importantly, we're getting over 1000 trees ready to be put in the ground when the first rains of the season fall in November.  

Thanks again for supporting Camino Verde.  This most recent phase of work has also been made possible by a partnership with the Marjorie Grant Whiting Center, and of course... by your contribution!

Warm greetings from the Peruvian Amazon! 

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