This year the UK College of Personal Development decided to become a Carbon Neutral organisation, funding the planting of 240 trees every year to more than offset our organisational carbon footprint. We have just been told that even though we are just over 5 months into the project we have already planted 100 trees.
We believe that Planting 100 Trees is a fantastic achievement for the College and is only possible because of our growing Student Body and College Memberships – in addition to helping reduce our Carbon Emissions, planting trees will also have a positive impact on wildlife, ecology and biodiversity in the projects we are supporting around the world.
One of the projects we are participating in is the ongoing work to preserve the Amazon Rainforest in Brazil.
In this Brazilian Amazon REDD+ project, biodiversity plays a vital role. The Cikel area is part of the Amazon, the largest remaining rainforest on our planet. The Amazon is known for its amazing biodiversity; it contains 15% of all species. The Cikel area is home to some endangered species, such as the rare Ka’apori monkey, that relies on the forest for their survival.
The CIKEL Project is located in Para State, Brazil, where 63% of the Amazon Rainforest has already been lost. By using sustainable logging practices certified by the Forest Stewardship Council®, CIKEL will continue to avoid the deforestation of 27.4 thousand hectares of rainforest which would have been deforested had traditional logging practices been used.
The company is also intensifying and improving its practices to support sustainable social development, maintaining and improving the biodiversity monitoring at the RCC in the framework of FSC certification and Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) activities. For more information on this project, please click here.
So, you might wonder what this activate is for and how it’s related to the notion of personal or professional development. Interestingly enough, a couple of weeks ago the following question was asked by a protective student:
“Why is UKCPD doing this, investing hard cash into green projects and pursuing a carbon natural policy”?
The UK College of Personal Development is committed to being as green an organisation as possible because we are a part of the global ecosystem. We believe that having a focus and a specific policy on being carbon neutral is a key part of walking the talk and really applying the ethos and underpinning philosophies of personal development.
We appreciate the fact that no matter where in the world the funds we contribute are invested, the world benefits and this benefit ripples around the globe, in effect everyone will eventually experience the value of our contribution.
Our move to being an online training organisation has been successful overall and the feedback we are getting from both current students and College Members is super positive, the new platform is working well and we have lots of extra features and benefits in the works both to support student learning and the overall online College Membership experience.
Thanks for being a part of our success and let’s all continue to be a part of the solution to climate change for the sake of future generations.