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World Land Trust Launches CarbonBalanced.org

Date : 15th November 2002, Source : World Lant Trust

World Land Trust Launches CarbonBalanced.org


The World Land Trust, a UK based charity that has been helping to save threatened habitats since 1989, has launched a new minisite at www.carbonbalanced.org .

The idea of the site is to promote the important role Rainforests play in absorbing Carbon, and to allow visitors to calculate and balance the carbon they are responsible for producing.

Almost everything we do results in Carbon Dioxide being released into the atmosphere, increased levels of which lead to Global Warming. Trees help absorb and lock up Carbon. The site has a set of scales which can be used to find out how many acres need to be saved to help offset the Carbon from a variety of activities.

Prices range from £25 for an acre, enough to balance a Computer or mobile phone to £100, which buys enough Rainforest to help balance using a family car for a year. The World Land Trust even offer to work out the Carbon produced from anything, with prices ranging from saving a few acres to creating a whole new reserve.

Money raised through Carbon Balancing will go towards purchasing Rainforest in Ecuador, where the WLT works with the Fundación Jocotoco, a local NGO established in 1998. Not only does saving Rainforest help balance Carbon, but it also benefits the thousands of species of plants and animals that live in the Rainforest.

Ecuador's bird life, comprises of some 1,600 species, and represents 17% of the world total, despite being such a small country. Ecuador is also home to the Spectacled Bear, Woolly Mountain Tapir, Two-toed Sloth and a variety of different monkey species, including the Howler Monkey. Jaguar survive here, together with Ocelot, Jaguarundi, several other carnivores, as well as a wide variety of bats. In addition to the high diversity in mammals, Ecuador is also home to over 400 species of amphibians and some 3000 species of orchids.

However, increasing human population pressure has resulted in over 80% of the Ecuadorian tropical Andes being destroyed, and the problem continues. Ecuador's 14 national parks and reserves cover 12% of the national territory, but can not adequately represent Ecuador's vast biodiversity, meaning that many of Ecuador's birds and other species struggle to survive in patches of unprotected habitat.

Balancing your Carbon not only helps to reduce your impact on global warming, but helps make a positive difference to Rainforest conservation as well.

Visit our website at www.carbonbalanced.org Or see our main pages at www.worldlandtrust.org

For more information, contact:
John Burton
CEO
World Land Trust
01986 874422
worldlandtrust@btinternet.com
Web site: http://www.worldlandtrust.org




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