Thank you for all of your hard work! By this point, you have learned a little about what TIST does and the values that guide TIST members.
Now we will learn how tree planting and the carbon market provide cash for TIST farmers. First you will learn about carbon.
What is Carbon?
Carbon is all around us, yet we can't see it, touch it, or taste it - so what is it? This video explains what carbon is and how it is essential to all life on Earth. You will also learn why burning fuel is harmful to the environment and contributes to climate change. Understanding this relationship is important to understanding the TIST Program and why tree planting is so important to all that TIST does.
What is the Carbon Cycle?
Now that you understand what carbon is and how important it is to all life on Earth, it is important to understand the carbon cycle.
In the last section, you learned that carbon enters the atmosphere as CO2 when we burn carbon based fuel. CO2 is a greenhouse gas (also known as a GHG), which warms the planet and contributes to climate change. So burning carbon based fuel directly leads to climate change.
However, there are ways to remove CO2 from the atmosphere in a process called the carbon cycle.
What is the Carbon Market?
The carbon market is central to TIST's model, and it is how TIST farmers are able to earn money by planting trees with TIST. But what is the Carbon Market? This section explains the carbon market in greater detail, using a video that explains the carbon market and then using a series of images to explain how TIST farmers participate in the carbon market.
Benefiting from the Carbon Market
As a farmer in a TIST Small Group, you will be able to participate in the global carbon credit market. This section explains how you can do this as a TIST Small Group member by discussing how TIST is able to create revenue from Carbon Credit business. This will show how you, as a farmer, can benefit from the planting and growing trees.
Participating in the Carbon Market
Every TIST Farmer is able to participate in these benefits of the carbon business. However, a tree is not eligible to be part of the carbon business and generate a carbon credit until it is at least 2 meters high. This can take 5-10 years, meaning that a TIST tree will not be eligible for profit sharing for 5-10 years after it is planted.
To help farmers maintain trees during this period, TIST offers a "pre-payment." When a TIST farmer plants a new tree, the farmer will receive a small amount of money to maintain that tree. This pre-payment is issued once per year. Then, when a tree reaches maturity, it is eligible for the carbon money.
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