Can you combine a global mission companion relationship and a desire to be good stewards of God’s creation? The Diocese of Olympia in Washington and the Diocese of Southern Philippines have created a unique partnership that does exactly that.
“In the Episcopal Diocese of the Southern Philippines (EDSP) the environmental concerns are many with two specific concerns, great deforestation and mining, which both are taking a toll on the land. You may remember the recent floods, which were in EDSP, and much of the landslide and death experienced in that event, which had never happened before in that region, occurred because of climate change, whatever its cause, and the affects of mining. EDSP has been a leader in the area in planting trees especially and reclaiming land for the good.” Bishop Greg Rickel, Diocese of Olympia
According to the Diocese of Olympia, $10,000 has been donated for Carbon Offsets through their unique partnership with the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Philippines as of April of 2014. These funds have been directed to the tree nursery in Upi. Over 7000 trees have been tranferred from the nursery to help with reforestation there. The nursery not only is helping with carbon sequestration but it also is creating jobs and income. Rubber trees, mahogany, coffee, and other tropical varieties are being grown.
The Diocese of the Southern Philippines will be using the funds for various reforestation projects to create these offsets at $25 per ton (or 2,000 pounds) of carbon sequestered.
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Use this link to donate $25 per ton (2,000 pounds) of carbon for EDSP Reforestation Project:
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