What is the Make Forests Not War Tour?
We’re travelling through 9 cities in India, singing in gardens, collaborating with local environmentalists to start important conversations and aiming for the tour to be carbon neutral.
We began the tour in March 2020, completed 4 cities but had to postpone the remaining 5 due to COVID-19. We're hoping to get back on the road towards the end of the year.
How are we reducing our carbon footprint?
We plan to cut down our carbon emissions by choosing to travel together rather than take separate vehicles, opting for trains instead of flights, eating locally, reducing our meat/dairy intake, staying with friends instead of at hotels, carrying rechargeable batteries and our own water bottles etc.
How do we aim to make it carbon neutral?
We will be raising funds on tour, with all proceeds going towards planting a local indigenous food forest with the help of Permaculturist Claudiu Oprea at the Yogi Art Centre in Goa, India. A forest for the children to cherish over the years.
Tree offset calculation is based on a tree planted in the humid tropics absorbing on average 50 pounds (22 kg) of carbon dioxide annually over 40 years. Each tree will absorb 1 ton of CO2 over its lifetime; but as trees grow, they compete for resources and some may die or be destroyed - not all will achieve their full carbon sequestration potential. This calculator* assumes that 5 trees should be planted to ensure that at least one lives to 40 years or that their combined sequestration equals 1 ton.
As per our calculations below, we would need to plant 4 trees to offset our carbon emissions over 40 years. Following the above, we will plant 5 trees for everyone 1, making the total 20. To make a positive impact and reduce the time for sequestration we will be planting 30 trees.
Note: Carbon sequestration describes long-term removal or storage of carbon dioxide. This can be achieved through many methods, including afforestation - the planting of forests and trees.
*trees for the future