Rivers are Life Offsets 2023 Travel Emissions by Supporting Tribal Forestry Project in Minnesota

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June 24, 2024
Rivers are Life Offsets 2023 Travel Emissions by Supporting Tribal Forestry Project in Minnesota

As part of Rivers are Life’s commitment to voluntarily offset annual travel emissions, the initiative is proud to announce its support for the Fond Du Lac Forest Carbon Project. After calculating all carbon emitted during travel required for events, meetings, and film production in 2023, ACT Commodities issued 50 tC02e on behalf of Rivers are Life on June 17, 2024. 

Fond Du Lac-led Forestry 

The Fond Du Lac Forest Carbon Project was developed to protect native lands and natural resources while empowering Fond Du Lac indigenous people to sustainably manage the area.  

Comprised of 8,325 acres of upland forests in Minnesota, the project will leverage improved forest management to achieve sustainable, natural forest growth, ensuring the long-term sustainable management of the forest ecosystem, which could otherwise undergo significant commercial timber harvesting. 

Additionally, the forest management activity will increase carbon stocking by creating healthy, resilient, multi-aged strands of important tree species such as paper birch, white cedar, and sugar maple, and will both increase and maintain the diverse wildlife habitat within the project area.  

Growing More Than Trees 

This project also contributes to the sustainable development of the Minnesota region and its community. In addition to reducing emissions by preventing deforestation, this project aims to preserve and enhance the cultural, spiritual, and physical well-being of the Fond Du Lac people. Revenue generated from carbon credits will help community members acquire traditional homelands, develop renewable energy projects, and support other tribal community members through social programs. Through these efforts, it will also allow for continued investment in the forest to support the ecosystem and carbon sequestration efforts. 

Carbon Pollution and our Waterways 

Rivers are Life first committed to offset travel emissions in 2023, as part of assessing its first year of impact. Carbon pollution, namely in the form of C02, has wide-ranging effects on the environment, including the waterways Rivers are Life is dedicated to serving. Increased C02 levels can lead to higher global temperatures, which, among many other problems, can cause altered precipitation patterns, abnormal river flows, and ecosystem disruption. 

Carbon offsets are a vital tool in the global effort to combat climate change by acting as a form of trade designed to compensate for greenhouse gas emissions. They provide a mechanism for balancing emissions by funding projects that reduce or sequester greenhouse gases by funding activities like renewable energy initiatives, energy efficiency improvements, community projects like reforestation and afforestation, and converting waste to energy.  

While carbon offsets are not a full-scale solution to the problems caused by greenhouse gases, when used responsibly and in conjunction with other behavioral changes, carbon offsets can play an important role in achieving a sustainable future.