Louise is the CEO of Carbon Positive Australia, a charity that exists to help individuals, families and organisations to minimise their impact on the environment by planting Australian native trees on degraded land in Australia.
In conversation with Louise, she noted that projections indicate "safeguarding and restoring carbon over the coming decades in our forests, peatlands and agricultural areas may reduce well over 50 gigatonnes (50,000,000,000 tonnes) of carbon emissions that would otherwise enter the atmosphere".
Louise says that the Federal government should be “supporting nature based solutions to combat climate change.”
Read more from our interview with Louise below.
What is Carbon Positive Australia?
We are a trading organisation of the Carbon Neutral Charitable Fund that helps individuals, families and organisations to minimise their impact on the environment. We use the funds raised through donations and carbon offsets to plant native trees on degraded land in Australia. Our reforestation projects sequester carbon whilst helping to restore the landscape and conserve the natural biodiversity.
When you plant a tree with us you are supporting the rehabilitation of degraded land here in Australia that has previously been cleared for commercial purposes.
Why are you taking climate action?
It has been projected that safeguarding and restoring carbon over the coming decades in our forests, peatlands and agricultural areas may reduce well over 50 gigatonnes (50,000,000,000 tonnes) of carbon emissions that would otherwise enter the atmosphere. Maintaining our forests and restoring our natural landscape will make a real difference in reducing climate change.
Researchers have identified a correlation between widespread land clearing and less rainfall in Western Australia’s Southwest region. This implies that reforestation may well have a positive effect on rainfall.
The link between climate change and biodiversity has long been established. Rapid climate change affects the ability for many species to adapt. As a variety of species become endangered and extinct, the natural biodiversity decreases.
We now know that mass plantings of a single species of tree doesn’t optimise the reduction of carbon and will do little to restore the natural biodiversity of our landscape. Carbon Positive Australia plants in an ecologically sensitive way to promote species diversity on degraded land.
Can you tell us about your commitments to climate action?
Our approach to combat climate change is to take degraded, unused farmland and restore the natural habitat by planting a mix of native trees and shrubs that are indigenous to the area. Planting trees offsets the carbon emissions we (humans) create in our everyday activities. Every carbon offset you purchase, every tree you give, every dollar you donate, helps us to plant more trees and shrubs and restore more of the Australian landscape.
We also encourage and educate individuals, businesses and organisations to understand their carbon footprint and to offset their emissions through our projects. We had one of the very first household carbon calculators in Australia and we endeavour to provide a unique educational user experience alongside an accurate carbon calculation for all of our calculator users.
Carbon Positive Australia works alongside landholders to help them design and implement planting schemes that can be incorporated within any farming system and that help to restore degraded land and that assist with the carbon neutral goals of the industry.
Is there a project you are excited about?
We are particularly excited about the work we are doing at Eurady:
Eurardy reserve is part of the South West Australia Ecoregion, which stretches from Shark Bay in the northwest down to Israelite Bay on the south coast. This ecoregion is a big deal because it’s internationally recognised as one of the world’s global biodiversity hotspots (the only one in Australia).
A ‘hotspot’ has nothing to do with temperature, and everything to do with the number of plant and animal species threatened by human activities (e.g. land clearing & degradation/habitat loss). These 36 exceptional areas of biodiversity are the Earth’s most biologically rich ‘threatened’ land and makeup just 2.4% of the landmass.
See more of Carbon Positive Australia's projects here.
What real-world opportunities have you uncovered from taking climate action today?
We are assisting the agricultural sector in its goals towards carbon neutrality through the provision of farm calculators, and sensitive ecological planting that can be incorporated into any farming system. Our planting schemes seek to provide co-benefits beyond carbon sequestration.
What action would you like to see Australia take on climate change?
- Support for nature based solutions to combat climate change.
- Incentives for landholders to plant for carbon that are intelligent and that protect our agricultural heritage.
- Stable and supported Australian Carbon Credit Unit (ACCU) price.
- Natural capital recognised as part of the balance sheet for land valuation purposes ERF model suitable for all regions of Australia Ecological restoration is an integral part of planting for carbon.