We [Tessa and Susie] acknowledge that we are beyond fortunate to live on such a beautiful part of this planet. We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we work and live, and recognise their continuing connection to land, water and community.
In staying true to supporting Australian companies, we wanted to give back to local foundations who are making positive changes to our planet via our Social Enterprise component.
Currently we donate to support Australia's first ever Seaweed Permaculture platform, being built just off the coast of Tasmania.
Do you see the ways that we need our reefs just like our trees along the shore?
And if it helps to know,
Half of what we breathe in for ourselves,
Is out of sight and on the ocean floor.
- Ziggy Alberts
'Why Seaweed Permaculture?' We hear you ask...
For those who have been living under a rock - we're wallowing in unprecedented levels of greenhouse gasses. Scientists are trying to find solutions quick smart to reduce the amount of Carbon Dioxide in our air to protect us from the drastic effects of Climate Change.
Enter - Carbon Sequestration; a natural or artificial process by which carbon dioxide is removed from the atmosphere.
Put basically - the goal is to absorb as much CO2 as quickly as possible. There are a number of different ways we can achieve this however it is thought that Sea Forrest Regeneration may be the fastest option. Thrillingly, Scientists have found a way to grow Kelp (the fastest growing Tree in the world) right here in Australia.
Seaweed draws down CO2 from the ocean waters and restores the alkalinity of the Oceans enabling shell fish and other creatures to thrive. This means that apart from restoring eco-systems, Seaweed can play an active role in reversing global warming. It really is the gift that keeps on giving.
Brown seaweed grows half a metre a day, yes we repeat half a metre a day and can grow up to 50m long. It's the Usain Bolt of the 'tree' world, which is why it can pull Carbon out of the atmosphere very quickly. We are talking thousands of tonnes of carbon, per square KM, per year.
The next steps are to scale the project and trial marine permaculture systems farther offshore in Tasmania’s Storm Bay.
This is a huge step for tacking Climate Change and we are so excited that we can be a part of it.
"Between Australia and the United States, there's a hundred million square kilometres of ocean desert that is amenable to Marine Permaculture."
- Dr. Brian von Herzen, Climate Foundation
Watch how this AMAZING world changing project started here.