frequently asked questions
What is climate change? How is it different to the weather?
Climate change is a change in the pattern of weather, and related changes in oceans, land surfaces and ice sheets, occurring over time scales of decades or longer. Weather is the state of the atmosphere—its temperature, humidity, wind, rainfall and so on—over hours to weeks. Climate change is a change in the statistical properties of the climate system that persists for several decades or longer—usually at least 30 years.
How are human activities causing climate change?
Human activities have increased greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere.
Atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2), methane and nitrous oxide began to rise around two hundred years ago, after changing little since the end of the last ice age thousands of years earlier.
Particularly important is CO2. Enormous amounts of it are continually exchanged between the atmosphere, land and oceans, as land and marine plants grow, die and decay, and as carbon-rich waters circulate in the ocean.
For several thousand years until around 200 years ago, this ‘carbon cycle’ was approximately in balance and steady. Since the 19th century, human-induced CO2 emissions from fossil fuel combustion, cement manufacture and deforestation have disturbed the balance, adding CO2 to the atmosphere faster than it can be taken up by the land biosphere and the oceans.
The dominant cause of the increasing concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere is the burning of fossil fuels. Over the last two centuries, the growth of fossil fuel combustion has been closely coupled to global growth in energy use and economic activity.
Most of the observed recent global warming we’re experiencing in this climate change is a result of human everyday activities.
Source: Australian Academy of Science, 2021
How can I reduce my carbon emissions?
The Australian carbon footprint is 19.8 tonnes of C02-e per person. It is one of the highest in the world per capita.
There are a number of ways to reduce the carbon emissions generated by our everyday life.
What is offsetting your carbon?
A carbon offset is a project or activity that reduces greenhouse gas emissions or sequesters (captures) carbon from the atmosphere to compensate for the emissions created by your own activities. By offsetting your carbon to compensate for emissions produced in your everyday life you’re on your way to bringing your carbon footprint down to zero.
What does it mean to join Mallee Collective?
Joining Mallee Collective means you’re taking action to reduce the impact your everyday life has on the environment. By offsetting some or all of your carbon footprint you’re removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere which will slow the environmental impacts of climate change.
How does Mallee Collective offset carbon?
We use one of the most sustainable and environmentally responsible ways to offset carbon emissions by planting biodiverse native forests with certified Planting Partners.
In addition to planting projects we also offset carbon emissions through Gold Standard-certified projects. This ensures the projects have a maximum positive impact on climate and sustainable development. As well as ensuring outcomes are measured and reported in the most credible and efficient way.
How do Impact Plans work?
1. Select your Impact Plan
Pick the Impact Plan that suits your everyday life, carbon footprint and budget. Every tree counts, so we offer plans from as little as $15 per month (that’s 50 cents a day!).
2. Make a Lifestyle Pledge
Select if you want to pledge to make a high impact eco-positive change to your lifestyle. To promote and reward members of our community for reducing their carbon footprint, we created Lifestyle Pledges. These are the behaviours that can reduce our individual carbon footprint the most. Select a Lifestyle Pledge with your Impact Plan and you will get a discount on your subscription.
- Using renewable energy
- Going car-free
- Having a plant-based diet
The honesty system applies.
3. Tell us your sustainability passion (optional)
Most of your carbon offsetting is done through planting biodiverse trees. However, for no additional cost, Mallee Collective makes a portion of your subscription bespoke to an area you’re passionate about. Pick one of four UN Sustainability Development Goals to offset your carbon emissions through
- Life Below Water;
- Life On Land;
- Affordable and Clean Energy; or
- No Poverty.
4. Carbon emissions are offset with certified Partners
We combine the Mallee Collective community funds and invest them into hand-picked planting and eco-positive projects with our certified Partners. Offsetting carbon exclusively with certified Partners ensures that the carbon credits procured by Mallee Collective for our members achieve a long-lasting, trustworthy positive impact.
5. Positive vibes
Each month we send you updates on the Impact Projects you have supported. You can read about the projects that your subscription have helped fund and the certified Partners involved. Plus, feel more relaxed knowing you’ve improved the impact your everyday life has on the environment and climate change.
How do I know that my carbon has been offset?
Each month we send you email updates about what Impact Projects your Impact Plan subscription has contributed to. Along with the Impact Project update, we include the monthly certificates of carbon credits our Project Partners issue Mallee Collective.
Can I cancel my subscription?
Yes of course you can. Impact Plans are month-to-month, so you can cancel at any time. Get in touch and we can arrange your cancellation.
How do we select Project and Planting Partners?
We only partner with organisations that are certified and recognised by national or international governing bodies such as Climate Active, The Gold Standard and UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Why plant trees?
Trees extract carbon from the atmosphere as they grow, particularly in the first 40 years of their life. Mallee Collective focus the majority of their Impact Projects on planting a biodiverse mix of trees because it’s the only way to ensure that the resulting forest meets the highest standards of ecological sustainability.
On top of capturing carbon, this approach has a number of extra environmental benefits:
- Biological diversity is improved
- Habitat for native animals is increased and migratory routes extended
- Salinity can be reduced
- Water quality in catchments can be improved
- Tree roots can bind the soil to reduce erosion
Where are the trees being planted?
Currently, all of the trees from our Impact Plans are planted here in Australia. We are working with some new partners to expand our projects to other countries too – more news to come.
Planting Partner: Greenfleet Australia
Project Location: Whitehurst, Victoria
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