The time for action
Climate change: there’s no ignoring it. Today’s youth will live in a world where droughts, heat waves, and hurricanes become more extreme; rising sea levels displacing communities will be the norm. Solutions to reverse climate change exist, but we all need to take action and embrace them.
This year, Intrepid Group is taking steps to become climate positive by removing additional carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, focusing on reductions, restoration, regeneration, and offsetting emission beyond our value chain.
Some of the technologies to reverse global warming are explored in the documentary 2040. The film looks at what the future could look like if we adopted the technologies we have right now, including marine permaculture. As part of our commitment to climate change solutions, The Intrepid Foundation supported the film with an AU $100,000 donation. Now we're working together to make the 2040 vision a reality.
Think BIG. Every little bit makes a difference.
As the search for solutions continues, one unlikely hero is making waves: seaweed. Together with The Climate Foundation and the University of Tasmania, The Intrepid Foundation is supporting an innovative marine permaculture initiative aimed at regenerating kelp forests. The project will set up Australia's first seaweed platform – one of the key solutions to climate change featured in 2040 – off Tasmania's eastern coast. The seaweed platform will be home to floating kelp forests, which will continue to grow, attract and feed fish, and provide the same sustainable harvest and ecosystem functions as natural kelp forests.
We're donating profits from sales to fund the seaweed solution and help reverse global warming. Every donation made will be matched dollar for dollar and 100% of funds donated will go to the cause.
"Between Australia and the United States, there's a hundred million square kilometers of ocean desert that is amenable to marine permaculture."
Dr. Brian von Herzen, Climate Foundation
Reversing global warming
Just like natural kelp forests, the floating seaweed platforms will also provide habitat, cool surface ocean waters and help sink carbon dioxide to the deep ocean. As seaweed draws CO2 from the ocean, it allows more to be absorbed from the atmosphere. In short, the process de-acidifies sea water and lowers carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, helping to reverse climate change.
Although the Tasmania kelp forest regeneration project is local, the effects will be seen globally as the atmosphere’s carbon levels are reduced. Supporting kelp forest reforestation projects using these floating structures sends a powerful message to the rest of the world: we must act now before there is no time left.
For beachgoers, seaweed is mostly a slimy nuisance. But for millions of people across the world, farming seaweed and the marine life it attracts is their livelihood. Its many species are used for everything from food to fertiliser, creating billions of dollars of productivity every year. Yet rising ocean temperatures threaten seaweed forests and, as a result, the livelihoods of people who rely on them globally. The floating kelp forests help restore seaweed and fish populations, protecting those depending on seaweed for income or sustenance.