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ports wetlands and rainforest regeneration. Carbon offsets therefore are a way of neutralising the damage your existing carbon emissions are doing, while you work on ways to more permanently reduce your car- bon emissions. Where to buy carbon offsets? There are various organisations that offer carbon offsets for sale to gov- ernments, businesses and consumers. The organisation Carbon Neu- tral (https://carbonneutral.com.au/) which runs the Carbon Neutral Charitable Fund (CNCF) plants trees in various places in Australia but mostly in the WA wheat belt. This not only reduces greenhouse gas emissions but also reduces the salinity in the soils by lowering the water table and it improves biodiversity. This costs $25 per tonne of green- house gas emissions. CNCF have a lot of experience in this area, hav- ing planted 5.5 million trees across more than 4,200 hectares and 177 sites since 2001 as carbon offsets. Another carbon offset organisation with a good reputation is Greenfleet (https://www.greenfleet.com.au/). It is also possible to contribute money to community development pro- jects in developing countries which reduce carbon emissions. One ex- ample is World Vision Australia’s Farmer Managed Natural Regenera- tion project which has led to hundreds of millions of trees being regrown in Africa, most recently in Ethiopia. World Vision have written to us with the following information about this project: ‘World Vision Australia is engaged with two community forestry projects in Ethiopia that use Farmer Managed Natural Regenera- tion (FMNR) as a way to restore their landscapes – and to thereby generate carbon credits for sale. These funds are then returned to the community for members to then access through a loan facility and to support their livelihoods, e.g. by taking a loan to raise goats for fattening or to invest in a solar panel for the house. Our Sodo community-managed natural regeneration project has carbon offsets that may be of interest to you and your church. …. The initiative’s main focus has been to alleviate poverty for almost 10,000 people in the area, especially addressing income and food security, through sustainable management of natural resources. Rehabilitation of denuded areas, protection of steep slopes and conservation of remnant mountain forest are slowly leading to new income streams and also a new mindset – one of the goals of FMNR. … The downstream effects are tremendous: recovery of springs, re- duced flooding of farm area, cleaner water, and improved water security to those in the urban centre nearby. The forest’s biodiver Carbon Action Project 12 1 March 2020