13 May 2022, Siniloan, Laguna, Sierra Madre Mountain Range. In early April, Maxeon Solar Technologies contacted FEED to inquire about the details of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Community Based Reforestation Program, eventually leading to the planting of 200 native Philippine forest trees at the Laguna-Quezon Land Grant (LQLG), managed by FEED’s first and longest Living Legacy partner, the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB). The LQLG has an area of 5,729 hectares is managed as a permanent endowment for reforestation, research and maintenance, now adding ecotourism to its aims.
In addition to its 200 trees, Maxeon participants agreed to plant the 150 trees sponsored by the KPop Fans of Tomorrow x Together (TXT), who sponsored the trees to celebrate TXT’s latest album release. Click here for full article coverage: https://feed.org.ph/media-centre/press-releases-2022/lettheearthbreathe-kpop-fans-plant-forest-for-tomorrow-x-together-txt/)
Thank you to Maxeon’s EarthKeepers for making this event fun, productive and effective! May the Forest be with you all, Always!
|Demiel Tabing||Ryan demesa|
|Mae Marnyll Carandang||kevin bumbane|
|Janice Unabia||janine Monterola|
|Eve Gayman||Ryan Sellote|
|Nikki Robin||Demark Totica|
|Melissa Rodriguez||Snooky Jarina|
|Robert Derada||Gelyn Cruz|
|Sot Paculanang||Jenilyn L. Casao|
|Anthony Dajac||Keir Galusong|
|Joseph Walde||Kathering April Reodique|
|Noriel Olaez||Marygrace Castor|
|Joireel Manasan||Antonio Montero|
|Jesa Almojen||Arnold Hermano|
|John Patrick Pasion||Melanie Cabrera|
|Michelline austria||Jose Catama|
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:
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 Maxeon’s EcoWarriors, and every other FEED partner and patron who enable community based reforestation to take place!
If we estimate the carbon sequestration of Maxeon’s 200 upland native Philippine trees, they have the potential to offset* 200 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 Maxeon Solar Technologies
We are a global leader in solar innovation. Maxeon designs, manufactures and sells advanced SunPower-branded solar panels to customers in more than 100 countries worldwide.
In the US, Maxeon sells its leading solar technology under the Maxeon brand and is the exclusive panel supplier to California-based SunPower Corporation, from which it was spun off in August 2020.
Maxeon Solar Technologies’ highly advanced solar products are powering the fight against climate change in more than 100 countries around the globe.
As a purpose-driven global organization, we believe we can make the greatest impact by joining the 12,000 + companies in 160 countries who also believe that together, we can make the world a better place.
That is why, beginning in our first year of operation in 2020, Maxeon Solar Technologies is committed to the UN Global Compact corporate responsibility initiative and its principles in the areas of human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption.
“By broadening our sustainability strategy to a global ESG platform, we can make an even greater impact on the communities we serve. It’s a commitment inspired by our company purpose, Powering Positive Change™ – our steadfast belief that, by constantly improving ourselves, we help create a better future for our planet, our stakeholders and our business.”
Jeff Waters, CEO, Maxeon Solar Technologies
For more details, visit: https://maxeon.com
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.
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
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