In collaboration with Eden, we're planting up to 2.5 million new trees in Madagascar, in our own forest.
“It’s the trees that should save us”. That’s what Jørgen Steen Nielsen wrote in Information on October 16, 2018 and we agree with him.
In collaboration with Eden, over the next few years we will be planting up to 2.5 million new trees in Madagascar, in our own forest. Because of the members of Climaider, we have a forrest in Madagascar that continues to grow in size every day.
It is important to note that we do not plant the trees to offset for your CO2 emissions. We remove 100% of your carbon footprint through verified climate projects where the savings are calculated in tons of CO2, checked and verified to be made into CO2 credits.
The trees we plant through Eden Reforestation Projects are therefore additional to the normal compensation. At the bottom of this page, you can read why we do this.
Eden Reforestation Projects is a non-profit that has planted more than 300 million trees since 2004. Millions! They have achieved Platinum status with GuideStar (an American organization that assesses and ranks non-profits), is an official UN partner project and operates according to their employ to plant methodology.
Eden Reforestation Projects has started in recognition of the fact that deforestation and extreme poverty go hand in hand – and therefore it also goes hand in hand to lift people out of extreme poverty by replanting the world’s forests. “Employ to plant” works by having Eden enter into areas of extreme poverty and unemployment, offering fair paid work to replant trees. It provides a wealth of socio-economic benefits to the local population while restoring forests.
When the forests are cut down, the soil is left vulnerable. After a short time, the land is often so depleted that it is worthless, forcing locals deeper into the forests. The extreme poverty is forcing locals to exploit forest resources. By providing them with an alternative source of income through tree planting, it lifts the population out of the poverty that initially forced them to clear the forests. They are also provided with alternative stoves to cook without having to cut down the wood for firewood, and with clean water which ensures that they do not need large amounts of wood to boil and thereby purify the water. The projects also establish a number of other initiatives such as schools, a maternity clinic and more.
Many of the world’s largest tree planting initiatives, such as Ecosia, choose Eden as their tree planting partner and, according to the World Bank, Eden’s forest projects in Madagascar (where Climaider’s forest is also established) are larger than all other forest projects on the island combined.
The trees we are planting are called mangrove trees. The mangrove trees grow in salt water and is name for different species. Mangrove trees are particularly important because this type of tree absorbs very much CO2 and at the same time counteracts erosion of the coastlines and creates a habitat for a large number of animals and fish. Even though we do not count the trees in the CO2 reduction we make, we still think it is important to plant the trees that absorb the most CO2. But why don’t we count them? You can read this here:
Forests are hugely important to the world. It is literally a “machine” that sucks CO2 directly out of the air. In addition, the forests are home to an incredible amount of the world’s animals and are invaluable from an environmental perspective. They counteract soil erosion, retain soil nutrients, maintain groundwater levels, and many, many more important functions.
Almost everyone agrees that forests play a key role if we are to cope with the climate crisis in any way.
Ever since we started Climaider, we have been repeatedly recommended by various experts to support the forests. This is also why we earlier financed our two trees projects: TIST and Kariba.
But even though everyone agrees on the importance of forests, there is a problem: Trees are not very suitable for generating CO2 credits.
It’s possible, but difficult. If you burn a ton of gas, it is burned. It’s gone and can never come back - that you can guarantee.
So far, we have supported forest projects of the highest quality. Regular checks and many, many precautions ensured that the forests were left standing and that in the event that something happened to a tree, we were guaranteed that another would be replanted in its place. We did this because it The most important thing for us in Climaider is that you can count on our projects removing the CO2 we promise.
But all that control means that a large portion of the money we spend on planting trees ends up being spent on control and verification.
That is why we remove do all of our offsetting through climate projects where there can be no doubt – E.g. gas being burned off and therefore is gone forever. It is your guarantee that your carbon footprint will always be removed. But on top of that, we plant trees through Eden. By not counting the trees in the CO2 accounts, we avoid having to spend so much money on control and can therefore plant far more trees than before – but without compromising.
Ca. 80% of the trees we plant through Eden survive. But when you consider that the trees themselves spread their seeds and replant, it actually ends up with each tree ending up in 3 living trees. So, for example, if you plant 15 trees a month through your membership, it will eventually become 45 trees.
77,5% of your money goes to our climate projects and 22,5% is spent on operation and marketing.
We strive for maximum transparency. Please contact us if you have any doubts or questions. All salaries are paid by funds money and are distributed as follows:
Oliver: 20.000 DKK / month
Oskar: 20.000 DKK / month
Joachim: 20.000 DKK / month
Sander: 20.000 DKK / month
Frederik: 20.000 DKK / month
Read more here.
Climaider is for anyone who wants to take climate action and contribute towards a more sustainable future.
We started Climaider because we felt helpless when faced with the effects of climate change. Really, what can you do as an individual to help combat climate change? We want to show you exactly how you can help.
As a member of Climaider, you will be financing carbon-reducing projects around the world, removing just as much carbon as you emit. With our all-in-one platform, we give our members a custom-tailored carbon footprint reduction plan, all while their contributions go towards some of the best climate projects around the world.
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At Climaider, we offset your emissions by buying carbon credits from climate projects in developing countries. One carbon credit amounts to the removal of 1 ton of carbon. This means that if we buy one carbon credit, we remove one ton of carbon.
As you are offsetting your emissions, you can use our app to reduce your footprint by completing our challeges.
Read more here.
Our job at Climaider is to select projects that are verified by the strictest industry standards (e.g. Gold Standard and Verified Carbon Standard), making sure that your money removes as much carbon as you pay for. You can read more about our projects here.
Every time we buy carbon credits from carbon-reducing projects, we publish the receipts on our project pages. That’s how you know where your money is being spent.
Furthermore, all financial activities are audited by KPMG and our financial reports for our carbon projects are available here.
Not if you ask us. The only thing the Climaider app is about is changing your own habits so that you also emit less CO2.
So there is nothing wrong with just buying a membership and then you have done everything you need for the climate. You buy a membership because it is one of the most effective things you can do for the climate and then of course you keep up with all the other initiatives.
Research also suggests that those who offset their emissions are also the ones who cut back most on their personal CO2 emissions.
No, Climaider is not a charity. You might think, “How come?”. We want to mitigate global warming as much, and as quickly, as possible. After heaps of internal discussions and external advice, we’ve come to the conclusion that external investments and incentivising team members are necessary. Something that cannot be done as a charity.
Even though we’re a company, we believe in financial transparency (our service cuts, salaries, and so on...).
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Because one can make a much bigger difference for the same amount of money, elsewhere in the world.
Global warming is a global problem, so whether you remove CO2 in Denmark or in Africa may not matter. But there are just far more low-hanging fruit to pick in poorer places in the world. For example, the current project is about helping some farmers who are so poor that they still cook over an open fire .. It will be damn hard to find someone in Denmark who still cooks over an open fire. You could buy yourself a new stove that saved a few% power compared to your old stove, but it does not do as much for the climate as a stove in Sichuan that saves hundreds of kilos of coal a year.
This is because the first project (the one with the biogas tanks) is the one that officially removes CO2. So if you want to remove as much CO2 as you emit, then it happens through that project. It is checked and verified in accordance with all the current international standards and therefore they can also be officially called "climate compensation" and it is fairly easy to check and verify - you catch some gas and burn it off. When it is burned off, it is gone and you can not really dispute that.
The tree planting project, on the other hand, does not count as offsetting at all. Of course, it absorbs a lot of CO2, but Climaider does not count it. This is because IF something were to happen to the forest - a natural disaster, for example, they still guarantee that you have removed all the CO2 you needed, through the other project.
So the trees are just a bonus and something we do because forests and trees are important to the climate - especially mangrove trees like the ones they plant in Madagascar.