As an organisation CaPPP is aware of the effect of environmental degradation on the planet and the social responsibility we all carry with regard to the importance of protecting the environment for future generations.
In considering our carbon footprint CaPPP aims to use a transparent process of calculating emissions, reducing those emissions, and offsetting residual emissions and supports organisations and individuals with similar aims. We also aim to identify and encourage links between psychotherapeutic practice and environmental issues.
CaPPP contributes to the World Land Trust’s Carbon Balanced programme to offset the organisations residual carbon emissions. The funds are invested in the protection of threatened tropical forest where the World Land Trust is working through local partners to protect biologically important habitats throughout the world: www.worldlandtrust.org
Sir David has supported World Land Trust since it was founded in 1989
“The money that is given to the World Land Trust, in my estimation, has more effect on the wild world than almost anything I can think of.”
“The sensible attitude to conservation is to conserve animal and plant communities and that means land… World Land Trust recognised that a long time before others and it became their first objective”.
Committee members and admin staff where possible reduce emissions by car sharing, using public transport, trains etc. rather than travelling to committee meetings, our annual conference, and workshops individually by car. We also aim to offset CaPPP member’s travel to our workshops, annual conference and their computer time when attending an online event. The WLT audit the committee’s residual emissions caused by any unavoidable train or road travel, and home office use.
Both avoided deforestation and planting techniques are equally important. The destruction of mature forest is responsible for 20% of the global carbon dioxide emissions, more than the cumulative global emissions of cars, boats and planes. It is better for biodiversity to preserve existing habitat rather than trying to recreate it, which is why the WLT Carbon Balanced programme strongly promotes avoided deforestation as part of its projects. However, in some parts of the world, the land is so degraded that restoration through tree planting is critical. In practice we combine all the techniques needed to protect and restore a given parcel of forest – this obviously means restoring what has already been cleared through planting supplementing natural regeneration as well as protecting what forest still remains. Current forest conservation projects include: Africa, Central & South America, India, South-East Asia, UK.
“I fully support the Trust’s commitment to saving what is left while there is still time, whether it be through direct land purchase, leases or community reserves.”
Since becoming a Patron, Chris has been closely involved with the development of Controversial Conservation, a periodic debate organised by World Land Trust at the Royal Society in London.