FAQs

Why plant trees?
Trees offer a wide range of benefits to landowners, communities, catchments, and regions including helping to:
  • improve land productivity;
  • tackle environmental issues like erosion;
  • reduce the effects of climate change by absorbing C02;
  • improve water quality;
  • provide important habitats for a range of native species;
  • enhance natural landscapes;
  • provide another source of income (carbon credits)
  • support wellbeing and create jobs and careers
We suggest you also check out the following links:
  1. Can planting billions of trees save the planet?
  2. Planting Trees to Help Mitigate Climate Change
  3. Tree planting ‘has mind-blowing potential’ to tackle climate crisis
  4. If Each of Us Planted a Tree, Would It Slow Global Warming?
Why is it called Eat My Carbon?

We are producing too many greenhouse gases, and every year this is rapidly increasing. Carbon dioxide levels today are higher than at any point in at least the past 800,000 years. While some still like to argue that this is natural variation, or it’s a hoax, almost all scientists now agree that this large increase is due to human activity and that this will have a dramatic impact on the climate in the near future (read more here).

We need to “eat our carbon”, so that we reduce the level of CO2 and other greenhouse gases in the environment.  We at Eat My Carbon want to do whatever we can to help reduce greenhouse gases.  At the moment our focus is on enabling more trees to be planted, but in the future we hope to include other initiatives like reducing energy consumption and green alternatives to energy production.

How does it work?

At Eat My Carbon, we encourage tree planting on spare marginal land (e.g gullies, steep hills, beside rivers or roads).

We provide a place for landowners and helpers to connect, so that the right trees are planted in the right place, and that they are nurtured (watered, weeded, pest control) to ensure their survival.  Eat My Carbon provides systems that help the planning of planting and maintenance activities so that the right resources are in the right place at the right time.

For Landowners

Landowners can register, giving details about what land they have available for planting, where its located, and what assistance they need (e.g advice, funding, labour, plants) – available land needs to be a minimum of 0.5 hectares (5,000m2 or more than 1 acre).

Click here to register as a Landowner

For Helpers

Helpers (e.g planters, plant nurseries, forestry consultants, pest control experts, fencers), can register, list their skills and what they can do to help, and can be notified of planting and forest maintenance activities.  Helpers can create teams, so they can communicate easily to plan activities and notify everyone easily.

Click here to register as a Helper.

Who can join?

Anyone who wants to help with planting trees can join!

Landowners can register, giving details about what land they have available for planting, where its located, and what assistance they need (e.g advice, funding, labour, plants) – available land needs to be a minimum of 0.5 hectares (5,000m2 or more than 1 acre).

Helpers (e.g planters, plant nurseries, forestry consultants, pest control experts, fencers), can register, list their skills and what they can do to help, and can be notified of planting and forest maintenance activities.  Helpers can create teams, so they can communicate easily to plan activities and notify everyone easily.

What does it cost?

At the moment, registering for Eat My Carbon is free, and we would like to keep it that way if possible.

However, we are totally relying on donations and our own funds to keep this project alive, and at some stage, we will either need to get sponsorship, or charge for a small membership fee.  In the meantime, we will rely on the good nature of all who register to pay what they can towards this project.

Can I get a grant to plant trees?

Eat My Carbon does not give grants, but depending on where you live, we may be able to direct you to organisations and government-backed grants, where you can apply for funding.

What trees should I plant?

At Eat My Carbon, we encourage tree planting on land, especially spare marginal land, with trees that are native (indigenous) to the area being planted, which can be allowed to grow into a forest.  We believe this is the best way to encourage biodiversity and carbon capture.

However, ultimately its for the landowner to decide what trees to plant.  In some cases, they may have spare marginal land that is only available for a short period (e.g 20 years), in which case other trees may be more suitable.  At Eat My Carbon, we don’t give advice on what trees to plant, but we can put you in touch with people that can.

Will planting trees be enough to solve climate change?

Planting trees won’t be enough to solve climate change by itself, but it is a practical step that can have huge benefits.

Planting trees doesn’t require scientists to come up with technological solutions to draw carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. It is available now, it is the cheapest one possible and every one of us can get involved.

Planting billions of trees across the world is one of the biggest and cheapest ways of taking CO2 out of the atmosphere to tackle the climate crisis.

As consumers, there will be hard lifestyle choices that we need to start taking now – we should all be using less, traveling less, and carefully considering any activity that is going to increase our personal carbon footprint.

We suggest you read Tree planting ‘has mind-blowing potential’ to tackle climate crisis

How many trees do we need to plant each year?

Worldwide, we have a net loss of about 10 billion trees a year (reference https://www.crowtherlab.com/), and many of these were mature trees that captured CO2 (which saplings will take years to do).  We need to plant not only to replace these trees but to also increase the net number of trees if we want to reduce CO2 levels.  This means each person on the plant needs to plant at least several trees per year.

It is estimated that nearly 1 billion hectares of marginal land worldwide, not including cropland, deserts, and urban regions, is potentially available for forest restoration.  That would support over 3 trillion trees!

More than 50% of the tree restoration potential is found in six countries (Russia, United States, Canada, Australia, Brazil, and China) – read more here

Can I purchase carbon credits?

You can, but not through the Eat My Carbon website at this point.

Our current focus is to provide systems that enable as much planting of sustainable forests as possible, by connecting landowners and helpers and allowing them to coordinate resources.  Some of this planting will be small blocks on marginal land, which may not qualify for carbon credit certification.

Until we offer a carbon credit service, you can search for other sites on the web that specialise in this area, like https://carbonclick.com/

Should farmland be converted to trees?

Ultimately its for the landowner to decide what trees to plant and where to plant them.

At Eat My Carbon, we encourage tree planting on spare marginal land (e.g gullies, steep hills, beside rivers or roads) – new forests that do not encroach on cropland.  There are a lot of small parcels of land in many countries, and some estimates say that marginal land available for planting is nearly 1 billion hectares worldwide – that would support over 3 trillion trees!

We provide systems that bring landowners and helpers (e.g planters, plant nurseries, forestry consultants, pest control experts, fencers) together, so that the planting group can decide the best strategy for planting.

Where does my donation go?

Our goal is to get as many trees planted as possible – our target is to enable at least 1 billion additional trees to be planted.

We are totally relying on donations and our own funds to keep this project alive, and at some stage, we will either need to get sponsorship, or charge for a small membership fee.  In the meantime, we will rely on the good nature of all who register to pay what they can towards this project.  Your donation will be used to develop our software systems and to promote the concept worldwide.