GRI, SEC & PSE Add 240 Trees to Their Sierra Madre Forest, Commemorating 9th GRI-SEC Corporate Governance Forum

 

10 November 2022, Laguna Quezon Land Grant, Siniloan, Laguna – Sierra Madre Mountain Range.  In order to recognize and gift their twenty speakers at the 9th GRI-SEC Corporate Governance Forum 2022, to be held on 25 November 2022, the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) group added 240 trees in their honor, on top of the already planted 546 planted cumulatively in November 2020 (192), December 2020 (90) and 2021 (264) respectively.

The native Philippine forestry trees planted were:  Batikuling – 10, Igang – 30, Laneteng Gubat- 50, Malaruhat – 60, Malasantol – 60 and White Lauan – 30; all sourced by the local forestry guardian teams at the over 9,000 hectare protected forest reserve of the Laguna Quezon Land Grant, managed by FEED’s first and thus longest Living Legacy partner, the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB).

The planting team are part of the permanent and part time forestry guardians:  Randy Velina, Freddie Chavez,  Teofilo Breganza, Elmer Dayandante, Renato De Leon, Janiro Alawas and Joel Velina.

Photo Gallery & GPS Coordinates

Use any GPS (Global Positioning System) software / applications to input the latitude and longitude coordinates to be able to remotely see the location of your trees planted. Some examples include:

Acknowledgements – May the Forest be with the GRI, SEC & PSE Community!

FEED acknowledges the continued active support of the GRI and partners, and thanks you for taking an active role in our climate change action programs!

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On Carbon Sequestration – How Much CO2 can our trees absorb?

Trees are often referred to as the “lungs of the Earth” as they are able to store carbon and produce oxygen, which is essential to many life forms. Trees also stabilise soil and reduce air temperature and humidity, whilst also reducing flooding and improving water quality. Without trees, most fauna and flora would not survive, what more humans?

It is widely accepted that a typical tree can absorb around 22 kilograms of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year when in fully grown status, meaning that saplings, seedlings and younger trees – whether mangroves or primary or secondary forest trees – absorb around half, so conservatively say 11 kgs per year (also widely used by most international forestry agencies around the world).

So, over a lifetime of a tropical tree (100 years), one tree can absorb around 1 tonne of CO2. Although this figure seems large, it should be measured in perspective: to date we humans generate around 40 billions tonnes of CO2 each year on Earth. Which means, that we need to plant 40 billion trees annually to offset these emissions.

Even if we could, though, land availability for agriculture and farming, including livestock production – one of the largest, increasing land conversion threats worldwide aside from urbanisation – would be significantly reduced. Which then translates into water and food security challenges, among others, but not limited to e.g.: urbanization and lack of city spaces leads to housing and commercial developments in critical watersheds, thereby threatening our fresh water supply and declining forest cover; or agricultural pollution threatening crops and livestocks, affecting poultry, dairy, pork and beef food production systems, and so on and so forth.

Thanks to PSE, SEC and GRI EcoWarriors who have enabled community based reforestation to take place!

If we estimate the carbon sequestration of your 240 upland native Philippine trees, they have the potential to offset* 240 tonnes of CO2 in these trees’ lifetime.

*A CARBON OFFSET IS A REDUCTION OR REMOVAL OF EMISSIONS OF CARBON DIOXIDE OR OTHER GREENHOUSE GASES MADE IN ORDER TO COMPENSATE FOR EMISSIONS MADE ELSEWHERE. OFFSETS ARE MEASURED IN TONNES OF CARBON DIOXIDE-EQUIVALENT. ONE TON OF CARBON OFFSET REPRESENTS THE REDUCTION OR REMOVAL OF ONE TON OF CARBON DIOXIDE OR ITS EQUIVALENT IN OTHER GREENHOUSE GASES. (WIKIPEDIA, 2022)

About the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC)

The Securities and Exchange Commission is the agency of the Government of the Philippines charged with the registration and supervision of corporations and securities, as well as capital market institutions and participants, in the Philippines.

For more details, visit: www.sec.gov.ph

About the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE)

The Philippine Stock Exchange, Inc. is the national stock exchange of the Philippines. The exchange was created in 1992 from the merger of the Manila Stock Exchange and the Makati Stock Exchange. Including previous forms, the exchange has been in operation since 1927.

For more details, visit: ww1.pse.com.ph

About the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)

GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) is the independent, international organization that helps businesses and other organizations take responsibility for their impacts, by providing them with the global common language to communicate those impacts. We provide the world’s most widely used standards for sustainability reporting – the GRI Standards.

The GRI Secretariat is headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and we have a network of seven regional offices to help ensure we can support organizations and stakeholders worldwide.

For more details, visit: www.globalreporting.org/about-gri/

NATURE IS SPEAKING (Narrated by Julia Roberts)

What can I do to stop climate change?

“As the world warms, extreme weather events are becoming more frequent and intense, sea levels are rising, prolonged droughts are putting pressure on food crops, and many animal and plant species are being driven to extinction. It’s hard to imagine what we as individuals can do to resolve a problem of this scale and severity.

The good news: We are not alone. People, communities, cities, businesses, schools, faith groups and other organizations are taking action. We’re fighting like our lives depend on it — because they do.

In a world of more than seven billion people, each of us is a drop in the bucket. But with enough drops, we can fill any bucket.” –  David Suzuki

Check out some of the ways you can take more climate change action.

For example, Climate Action groups are the local solution to a global crisis. Right now people just like you are coming together to develop practical, local solutions and make their towns and cities more climate-friendly. Are you ready to join them? Find out what’s happening near you.

More here: https://friendsoftheearth.uk/climate-change/what-can-I-do-to-stop-climate-change

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Contact FEED

In 2015, the Philippine government submitted to the United Nations the country’s commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The country committed to reduce its carbon emissions by 70 percent by 2030. The carbon dioxide reductions will come from the sectors of energy, transport, waste, forestry and industry.  Join us!  Help us reverse the Earth’s “hothouse climate” tipping point.

Tree-Planting with FEED

Contact us at FEED for more details, to join our regular activities or to design your own tree-nurturing eventinfo@feed.org.ph or call/text +63 (0)917 552 4722.

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