Turning carbon footprints into healthy soils

by Camino Verde
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Summary

We incorporate charcoal (biochar) into soils, improving fertility (nutrient-retaining capacity), and in so doing create a stable carbon sink in which CO2 is sequestered for hundreds of years
$25,000
total goal
$3,907
remaining
90
donors
0
monthly donors
5
years active

Challenge

Carbon dioxide is widely known to be the most prominent greenhouse gas. Reversing the trend of rising CO2 levels worldwide has become a major priority in all attempts to stabilize climate change and the health of the environment. Meanwhile, slash-and-burn agriculture (especially in the tropics) represents a major source of CO2, both directly (the burning of forests) and indirectly (deforestation means forests no longer trap CO2). Additionally, slash-and-burn destroys fragile tropical soils.

Solution

We add charcoal or "biochar" to agricultural soils, with the additional benefit of improving soil quality. Charcoal is a very stable form of carbon, sequestering CO2 captured by trees for hundreds or thousands of years without decomposing.

Long-Term Impact

We use waste charcoal that would otherwise be treated as garbage. We stably capture CO2 for hundreds of years, at least. And in so doing we vastly improve the fragile tropical soil´s ability to hold nutrients. A new kind of black gold.

Resources

http:/​/​www.caminoverde.org
Everything you ever wanted to know about Biochar.
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Organization Information

Camino Verde

Location: Concord, MA - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.caminoverde.org
Project Leader:
Robin Van Loon
Concord, MA Peru
2016 Year End Campaign
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$21,093 raised of $25,000 goal
 
144 donations
$3,907 to go
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