It should come as no surprise: the way we live our life affects others, and our environment. According to scientific evidence, it is clear that the climate crisis is real and it is affecting life as we know it.
As a child-centered international development organisation, ChildFund New Zealand is committed to helping children thrive. This includes ensuring children live a world where they can reach their full potential. Taking a good look at our organisation’s impact on the environment and climate change is an important way can do that. In the past few months, our organisation has undergone an environmental audit where we were assessed on our energy usage, our waste, our carbon emissions and our overall impact on the environment. Through this exercise, we identified some easy changes we can make, in order to do our part for the environment.
Here are the top three ways ChildFund New Zealand is going green, and some easy ways for you to join us too:
To reduce the amount of waste we generate at ChildFund New Zealand, we have recently set up an organic waste disposal system, called Bokashi. Originated in Japan, the word Bokashi can be translated as ‘fermented organic matter’. Bokashi ‘pickles’ your food waste, unlike traditional composting where waste is allowed to decay. The Bokashi system produces nutrient-rich compost that you can dig into your garden – or add to your existing compost bin.
This has been an easy way to manage our waste, and it provides great soil for some of our staff members, who take it home to use in their gardens.
2. Reusable coffee cups
Did you know? In New Zealand, we go through nearly 300 million cups of takeaway coffee each year. Most of these cups (and their lids) can’t be properly recycled and end up in landfill. We think that’s rubbish!
Changing how we drink takeaway coffee is one of the easiest ways we can make an impact. That’s why the ChildFund team now use reusable takeaway coffee cups! Now, instead of just taking the disposable cup that is provided to us when we get our takeaway flat white, we bring our own—reducing waste and saving money, one cup at a time.
If you’d like to take home one of our beautiful coffee cups, join our contest!
3. Planting moringa trees
From time to time we must travel overseas to visit the communities where we work. Unfortunately, air travel has a negative impact on our carbon emissions. At ChildFund New Zealand, we reduce all unnecessary travel and, when booking air travel, we do our best to only choose airlines that have good environmental practices.
In addition, we are actively working to offset our carbon footprint. Usually, one moringa tree will absorb 80kg of CO2 per year. We now have a plan to plant 1,000 moringa trees in the next year.
Moringa trees have other, indirect positive impacts on both animal health and climate change, and moringa is promoted as a stock feed to our farming communities in Kenya. According to studies, the emission of ruminal fermentation of animal feeding by moringa tree leaves is lower than traditional animal food. We utilised the support of our donors, other Alliance members, and donations from a gift catalogue to plant a large number of moringa trees in Kenya.
Offset your carbon footprint by buying a moringa tree today.