offset the emissions from your vehicle for one year and do your
part to ensure social justice. The Carbon-Offset Program
started a brand-new venture in environmental justice—an idea that
suggests that we, the current generation, protect the environment for our
children and grandchildren. For this purpose, we entered into a partnership
with a poor community in India.
The mechanics are simple.
Each one of us sets aside $5 a month (or $50 a year) to offset
the greenhouse gas emissions from the cars we drive. If 22 WICEC members
contribute $50 each, we help to neutralize 142 tons of carbon
All of this money goes
to Aliguda village in Central India where the people plant a
native tree species called Pongamia pinnata.
As the trees grow, they
produce almond-size nuts from which oil is extracted. This oil
is used as a substitute for petroleum to run farm equipment,
produce electricity, and pump ground water. The surplus oil is
sold in the market.
village consists of 26 families belonging to an indigenous community
called Gonds. Though living in poverty, the villagers are well
organized as a social group with women at the center. WICEC’s
seed money of $1,080 will help to generate an income flow of
approximately $20,000 over a period of ten years. In other words,
each dollar contributed helps the women of Aliguda to earn $20.
In July 2004, the women planted 3,000 pongamia trees on village
common land and have plans to plant 5,000 more next year.
women of Aliguda in front of their houses made of bamboo and
mud.N. Jangubai (extreme right), as president of the self-help
group, has mobilized the women to plant trees.
Dr. Emmanuel D'Silva,
a resident of Maryland, is our link in this relationship for
environmental justice. A native of India, Dr. D’Silva has
been working with indigenous communities in Adilabad district
in Central India for over six years setting up carbon-offset
projects. His research and work is supported by the U.S. Agency
for International Development.
Dr. Nalin Kishor from the World Bank, Washington, DC:
"In October 2003,
we decided to buy $645 worth of verified carbon emission reduction
from [India arranged by Dr. D’Silva] to offset the emissions
from international flights and ground transportation of participants
attending our international forestry conference held in Washington,
DC. I was involved in organizing this conference and I can tell
you this was very well received by the conference participants,
especially the fact that the money would be under control of
a women's self help group. As the first of its kind initiative,
it also received considerable attention from colleagues here
as well as the general public…As a result of this success,
we have decided to buy carbon again this year to offset emissions
from holding another conference in February 2005 in Ghana, West
Dr. Mark Poffenberger,
Executive Director, Community Forestry International, Santa Barbara,
California is equally effusive:
work in many ways is an extension of the adage 'Think globally,
Act locally.' He has pioneered carbon sale from small, poor communities
who have no local champions.The carbon income enables local communities
to invest in reforestation. ...I have also bought carbon in my
individual capacity to offset emission from my vehicle. I have
also visited Aliguda village in Movad Valley from where, I understand,
carbon will be sold. The village will benefit greatly from WIPL's contribution.
It will be a good partnership."
A PART OF THIS EXCITING NEW VENTURE!
We at WICEC are tremendously excited at this chance
to offset our carbon emissions, raise the standard of living of some of the
poor in India, help protect the environment, and to do our part to ensure social
justice—all at the same time.
You can offset the emissions
from your vehicle for one year and do your part to ensure social
justice. For $50, you can contribute toward the planting of pongamia
pinnata trees in Aliguda village in India. These trees sequester
carbon, the oil extracted from seeds substitute for fossil fuels,
and the oil cake replace chemical fertilizer on farm land.
The carbon emission
reduction from the project is verified independently and meets
the terms of the Kyoto Protocol. Contact WICEC at firstname.lastname@example.org and
get started on your venture today!