GLOBAL CARBON EMISSIONS

 CARBON EMISSION

The rate of change in the world around us is increasing. The human mental system is failing to comprehend the modern world.  Our brain seems to understand only a small portion of the world: the portion that most affects our capacity to survive and reproduce. Our nervous system seems only to be impressed with small dramatic changes.

 Politicians being elected and rewarded on the basis of short-term decisions that are by many measures intellectually, morally, and financially corrupt, and the so-called knowledge workers–the scientists, engineers, and others who should be “blowing the whistle,” are so specialized that there is a real lack of integrative knowledge.

“We face a true planetary emergency.
The climate crisis is not a political issue; it is a moral and 
spiritual challenge to all of humanity. It is also our greatest 
opportunity to lift Global Consciousness to a higher level.” 
                                                                                                     – Al Gore

The ‘climate crisis’ has already morphed from an environmental problem into a ‘moral and spiritual’ issue. The whole doctrine of sustainability and global warming has been designed to engender a sense of collective guilt, and the only solution to the perceived crisis is for humanity to develop a collective conscience.

 “Climate change makes us all global citizens; we are truly all in this together.” A crisis often has the advantage of uniting people. Climate change is the first problem on a global scale that we have faced as a species. We must hope that it has the positive side effect of stimulating our global consciousness. No country, no region, no people will escape the negative effects of the impending worldwide increase in temperature. We must all cooperate in mitigating it if we are to succeed.

CARBON EMISSION PLANS

The much vaunted Stern Report called for a 25% reduction in global carbon dioxide emissions by 2050. Given the fact that the world population is expected to increase by a third which means the 9 billion people would have to generate 25% less than 6 billion, or a per capita reduction of 50%. This would devastate the global economy and make the Great Depression look like a picnic.

Does this seem almost impossible? In 2006 the U.S. emitted just under 20 tons per capita. This means per capita emissions will have to fall to about 2.5 tons in order to meet the goal of 80% reduction. France and Switzerland, compact nations that generate almost all of their electricity from non-fossil fuel sources (nuclear for France, hydro for Switzerland) emit about 6.5 metric tons of CO2 per capita.”

The two leading Democratic Presidential Candidates, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, have also both called for an 80% reduction by 2050. You really have to wonder if they have thought deeply about the implications of this goal.

 Even worse is a scheme that the Global Green Agenda activists are currently pushing hard called ‘Contraction and Convergence’. The United States (currently 25% of global emissions) would be allowed to emit no more than 5% of the world’s annual carbon emissions. If, as required by the UN’s IPCC, emissions must decrease by at least 50% from current levels, then the USA would have to decrease its carbon emissions by 98% from 1990 levels!! Goodbye USA!

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And then we have dear old Al Gore. He has called for a reduction in global carbon dioxide emissions of 90% within 20 years! There is little chance that modern society could function with 25% less oil. Cities would be deserted and slowly rot. Infrastructure could no longer be maintained. It would surely result in a massive die-off in the human population. 

Effective execution of Agenda 21 will require a profound reorientation of all human society, unlike anything the world has ever experienced — a major shift in the priorities of both governments and individuals and an unprecedented redeployment of human and financial resources. This shift will demand that a concern for the environmental consequences of every human action be integrated into individual and collective decision-making at every level                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  – UN Agenda 21

Human beings have the capacity to cause change at an unprecedented speed. For the first time, large numbers of people are concerned about the state of our humanity.  The old mind today is being challenged and changed by many scattered efforts. Can we bring their efforts together to produce a large-scale program for a rapid “change of mind”.  We will have to start to change our old minds. It may take a major worldwide cultural effort. The real enemy then, is humanity itself. 

Humanity as a whole may now be approaching this turning point in our evolution. Now humanity must develop the global social structures and institutions to play the role of coordinating system in the global brain.

Our ability to sense cataclysmic change that takes place over long periods of time is simply not going fast enough. Unless we consciously evolve to fit our advanced society, we will destroy all that we have created.

Governments must provide the leadership to focus on long term trends and evaluating their consequences. We need to develop conscious evolution: able to detect threats that materialize in decades – not in instants. We need to perceive changes in population growth, sustainable energy, pollution threats, etc.  All these dangers are caused by human intervention and it is only through changed attitudes and behaviour that they can be overcome.

If we are to preserve society, we will need the cooperation of virtually everyone. The fierce, destructive, and greedy forces of tribalism and nationalism must be fused into an urge to help humanity. Never before has the entire human family been required to work together to build a sustainable and meaningful future. Never before have so many people been called to make such sweeping changes in so little time.  We do have the knowledge to take our evolution in our own hands and we can begin to change now. But can we do it collectively?

Human beings have always been the most adaptable creatures on the planet, and they should be able to chart a new course for themselves. Carbon markets have already been established in many countries in anticipation of a mandatory system. In the United States the only operating carbon emissions trading market is the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX).

On a personal note, for a good deal of your life you have probably lived like most human beings, feeling that Life is happening to you. So it is understandable that the more unconscious you are, the more often you feel like a victim to Life. The more you become curious about what is happening rather than reacting and controlling, the more you come to a wonderful realization that your life is for you. It you don’t act on this information, your grandchildren may never forgive you. 

One Million Hectare Commitment

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Living Water MicroFinance Inc. has taken the one million hectare commitment to produce Today’s Tall Trees nurseries for foliage, fruit and nut trees in Africa managed by women farmers who are in turn supported by microfinance on their 1.5 acre agroforest farms.  The one million-hectare Island of Hawaii gives you an idea of the size of the project.Untitled-1A

One billion trees÷500 trees on each 1.5 acre farm = 2,000,000 acres x .607 hectare = 1,200,000 hectare

The one million hectare commitment supports the conservation of one million hectares of agroforest: fruit, nut and foliage trees (to feed livestock) on 2,000,000 farms of 1.5 acres.Untitled-12

The Net Present Value of trees over a 50 year span based on $15/ton of Carbon Emission Absorption

 Each tree soaks up $2.59/ton of carbon dioxide emissions over its lifetime of 50 years. These billion trees will soak up 2.59 billion tons of CO2 emissions. During the interim of 10 to 15 years it will take to adjust by replacing carbon emitting systems, these same billion trees will soak up 42% to 58% of emissions: 1.09 billion to 1.5 billion tons of CO2 emissions. {It takes 5.79 trees ($15/$2.59) to absorb 1 ton of carbon dioxide emissions over its lifetime.}

To the best of our knowledge, no other company has tried to implement a conservation commitment on this scale, or using this approach. We hope that our leadership on this issue will encourage other companies around the world to urgently follow suit.  

We can identify ten landscapes for agroforest efforts. Eastern and Southern Africa has a total of 226 million hectare of forests which make up 27.8% of the land area. (The world forest cover is 3,952 million hectares.)

In the meantime, Africa has lost 4.0 million hectares annually but there are signs that the net loss in Africa is decreasing unlike South America. But this is a different problem. 

CARBON DIOXIDE STORAGE unsolved

Back in Norway, Statoil also operates two projects to store carbon dioxide under water, in some of the most advanced examples of a technology seen as key to removing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere: carbon capture and storage (CCS). This is costly and still in its infancy, and governments have supported it only erratically. In 2015 a mere 28 million tonnes of CO2 was stored that way. To help meet the 2ºC limit, the International Energy Agency (IEA) says the world needs to store a whopping 4 billion tonnes a year by 2040.

Carbon Emission to be Solved

The world leaders must find a way to absorb carbon dioxide emissions that is in our atmosphere now. Trees and soils are the only way to absorb the present glut of CO2 in your world.

Presently these funds are improperly managed because they attempt to make the tax neutral by redirecting the fund for tax rebates to working families, cutting sales tax and reducing the tax on manufacturing. All this is very admirable but it doesn’t solve the high concentration of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere, which is presently causing global warming.

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The Funds to Finance Rehabilitation

There are two sources of funds based on two different methods of absorbing carbon emissions: one from biochar in soils and the other from planting of trees.

On one hectare of farm land of 500 trees:

  1. Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) Fund for BIOCHAR IN SOILSldn fund

LND Fund seeks to mobilize US$2 billion annually; they estimate that the average cost of land rehabilitation is $100- $150/ha. In Africa, five countries have voluntary committed to LND including Algeria, Chad, Ethiopia, Namibia and Senegal.

 

  • 500 trees/hectare will yield 50 tons of Carbon from branches and weeds or (50 tons x ⅓) 16.7 tons of CO2 emission absorption from the production of
  • The value of the capture of carbon in the form of Biochar is $250/year at the tax rate of $15/ton. (The LDN Fund offers $150/year based on $10/ton of carbon emissions.)
  1. The Carbon Tax Fund for TREES: the fund can support 500 trees for a total cost of $200/year for a period of 25 years plus an initial $750:

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  • There will be 500 trees with a NPV of $0.50/tree: at the rate of $15/ton, the Net Present Value (NPV) is $200/year.
  • Add $1.00/tree for reporting and auditing for 25 years (that’s a one-off total – not per year): $500 to be monitored by Living Water MicroFinance Inc. for 25 years.untitled-10

This part of the fund will support each 1.5 acre farm that will have access to $150/year n the form of micro finance assistance complements of the Carbon Tax Fund. Each $150 will be recycled nine times for a total of $1,350.

This micro finance will be made available to women farmers and their families who need support before the orchards become productive after 18 months: they will maintain this agroforest farms by planting vegetable like yam in between the new tree seedlings. The micro finance loan will be due after the harvest.untitled-11

The tree farm is supported by a Today’s Tall Tree Nursery managed by Living Water MicroFinance Inc. in order to reduce the cost of tree seedlings. The fruit and nut tree seedlings along with nitrogen fixing trees are supplied by Today’s Tall Tree Nursery.untitled-12

The reporting and auditing of trees for 25 years at the rate of $1.00/tree will help finance a Today’s Tall Tree Nursery to service over 100 hectare (beginning with 50,000 tree seedlings). The estimated fixed cost is $80,000. This decentralized system is preferable to the present centralized nurseries that have costly transportation costs for very vulnerable tree seedlings.

This calculation does NOT include income streams from the fruit and nut produce, which are reserved for the women farmers and their families.  Later, irrigation can be added for a remunerative 275% crop improvement.

There will be a stipulation that all biomass on the 1.5 acre farm will be converted to Biochar every year. Creating Biochar on a farm involves incentives: the women farmer and her family will receive $150 based on the carbon tax rate of $15/ton for a total of 34 tons/year of carbon sequestered.

Living Water MicroFinance Inc. will arrange partnerships with African landlords (who provide a long term lease) for woman farmers and their families.

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POWER PLANT CARBON EMISSIONS

 The CO2 emissions of 50,000 power plants worldwide must be addressed: the major way that carbon dioxide emissions can by absorbed is by trees.

Annually, the 12 biggest CO2 polluting power plants in the United States are:

  1. The Scherer plant in Juliet, GA — 25.3 million tons 
  2. The Miller plant in Quinton, AL — 20.6 million tons
  3. The Bowen plant in Cartersville, GA — 20.5 million tons
  4. The Gibson plant in Owensville, IN — 20.4 million tons
  5. The W.A. Parish plant in Thompsons, TX — 20 million tons
  6. The Navajo plant in Page, AZ — 19.9 million tons
  7. The Martin Lake plant in Tatum, TX — 19.8 million tons
  8. The Cumberland plant in Cumberland City, TN — 19.6 million tons
  9. The Gavin plant in Cheshire, OH — 18.7 million tons
  10. The Sherburne County plant in Becker, MN — 17.9 million tons
  11. The Bruce Mansfield plant in Shippingport, PA — 17.4 million tons
  12. The Rockport plant in Rockport, IN — 16.6 million tons

Let us analyze the average of ten polluting power plant: 20 million tons/year.  In 10- 15 years it will be polluting at the rate of 200 (20 x 10 years) to 300 (20 x 15 years) million tons/year.  During the same period of time our agroforest will soak up: 1.09 billion to 1.5 billion tons CO2 emissions. That translates into allowing 5 to 5.5 polluting power plants in the United States to adjust to more sustainable power systems over 10 – 15 years. We can identify ten landscapes for our agroforest efforts, which will address 50 to 55 polluting power plants. 


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Agroforestry could help solve Climate Change.

HELPING SOLVE THE WORLD’S CARBON POLLUTION

New Trees are the only solution to soaking up Carbon Dioxide:

Our Mission: to help solve the problem of carbon dioxide build up in the world by growing and managing mature forests of foliage, fruit and nut trees that eventually are used in lumber — not firewood. The Carbon Tax Fund supports a Micro finance initiative to support women farmers and their families who will nurture fruit and nut trees over their lifetime. The Net Present Value of each tree is $0.49/tree plus $1.00/tree for auditing and maintenance for 25 years.

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A Full Scale Aquaponic Tree Nursery in Africa supported by:

    1. A Micro Hydro Electric System: no dams: HugENERGY.us
    2. An Irrigation System: NORTHydro.com
    3. A MicroFinance Initiative: LivingWaterMicroFinance.org
    4. An Agroforestry Intercrop System: LivingWaterIs.com
    5. The Charitable Arm: SunnyUp.net
    6. God’s Loveletters:  Godloveletters.com
    7. Thunder of Justice: ThunderOfJustice.com
    8. Deliverance Is: DeliveranceIs.com
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