The carbon cycle is the transformation of carbon back and forth between all living beings and the environment. Carbon is often referred to as the "building block of life" because living things are based on carbon and carbon compounds. Carbon is an element that cannot be broken down into a simpler substance. Carbon compounds are present in living things like plants and animals and in non-living things like rocks and soil. Carbon compounds can exist as solids (such as diamonds or coal), liquids (such as crude oil), or gases (such as carbon dioxide).
Throughout earth’s history, significant amounts of carbon remained locked up in the subsurface in coal and oil and gas deposits. The oceans, jungles and forest absorbed and reused carbon in a systematically beneficial cycle.
However after the start of the industrial era, humans harvested these deposits for energy, releasing the carbon compounds that were stored in the coal, oil, and gas deposits back into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide and other gases. Forests and jungles were cut down and burned not only releasing the carbon they stored but also removing an important absorption part of the cycle. The current pollution across the world’s oceans also means that they can no longer absorb and store due to over saturation. Significant amounts of carbon compounds are being released into the atmosphere as a result of human activity – what we call a *carbon footprint - much faster than before, and this rapid release is the primary cause of currently observed human-influenced global warming.
*A carbon footprint is the total amount of greenhouse gases produced to directly and indirectly support human activities, commonly conveyed in equivalent tons of carbon dioxide (CO2).
As a result of this world wide concern we all need to do more to offset our carbon footprint as well as reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
Khiri Reach aspires to educate and provide training to the people we work with across the region whilst actively creating solutions to help combat carbon concerns and implementing projects that help reduce our carbon footprint. Our focus will be on these 3 major approaches;
- Employing energy efficiency and conservation practices; Recycling materials that can be reused to replace single use items, developing self-sufficiency projects and re-thinking methods for up-cycling.
- Using carbon-free or reduced-carbon energy resources by promoting the use of renewable energy sources and supporting the development of new renewable energy sources.
- Capturing and storing carbon either from fossil fuels or from the atmosphere by planting more trees and mangrove forest to help store more carbon.
Find out more about Khiri Reach’s CARBON projects and programs and how you can support them too.
Pollution and environmental damage caused by Plastic production, usage and incorrect disposal are a worldwide problem, especially in Asia. The amassing of plastic based products in the environment has adversely affected wildlife, wildlife habitat, and humans. The contamination critically affects land areas, fresh waterways and the oceans. Plastic that has been disposed of and not recycled is often buried in landfills which then leaches and spreads harmful chemicals into groundwater. Plastic acts as a pollutant and can be categorized into micro-, meso-, or macro debris, based on its dimension.
About 8% to 10% of our total oil supply goes to making plastic products. About 12 million barrels of oil a year are used in making plastic bags for use in the USA alone not to mention the rest of the world. It is obvious that the majority of plastic products and petroleum are inherently linked. A large percentage of the world’s oil is used to make plastics with a similar amount of energy being consumed in the process. The manufacturing of plastic product followed by its destruction through incineration severely pollutes our air, land and water, whilst exposing workers to toxic chemicals and carcinogens. Synthetic plastic does not biodegrade; it sits and accumulates in landfills or pollutes the environment.
Khiri Reach wishes to change and find better solutions to the plastic problem through educational campaigns and setting up projects on the countries we operate in across Asia and the Pacific. We wish to encourage the use of products made from bio and eco-friendly sources that do no harm to the environment and that can either be reused or are biodegradable in a truthful way. From saying NO to single use disposable items, teaching correct recycling and separation techniques, promoting reusable containers and refillable bottle usage, to finding practical solutions that not only clean up plastic from the environment but help local people turn it into a financially beneficial resource that can then become part of circular industry that prevents wastage and maximises profit.
Find out more about Khiri Reach’s PLASTIC projects and programs and how you can support them too.
Khiri Reach stands behind the statement that ‘Water is a precondition for human existence and for the sustainability of the planet’.
Clean water and Sanitation for all is #6 of the UN’s 17 Sustainability Goals and they also point out that “Tourism can play a critical role in achieving water access and security, as well as hygiene and sanitation for all. The efficient use of water in the tourism sector, coupled with appropriate safety measures, wastewater management, pollution control and technology efficiency can be key to safeguarding our most precious resource”
Water is a basic human right and several challenges – economical and environmental, are often eliminated when there is an accessible, regular supply made available. This is obviously a complex matter as it is associated to everything in the world and fundamentally is the core of sustainable development. In Asia and the Pacific, 1.5 billion people are still without access to clean water and proper sanitation, with the majority of these in rural areas.
Water is critical for socio-economic development, healthy ecosystems and humanity’s survival itself. It is vital for reducing the global burden of disease and improving health, hygiene, welfare and the multi-level productivity of populations.
Khiri Reach helps provide clean water sources for communities and visitors across the region, in the form of wells, refill stations and filtration systems. This is also true for proper sanitation and waste water management systems.
We wish to educate on prevention and encourage active participation in cleaning up both fresh water and ocean bodies. We have seen first hand through our existing water well projects how clean water provided at very low costs not only eases the financial burden but immediately lowers illness, reduces the prerequisite for boiling which decreases the use of fossil fuels and C02 emissions, lessens the need for single use disposable plastic bottles and helps keep livestock and crops alive.
Would you also like to be involved in our regional WATER programs? Contact us to find out how.
Khiri Reach sees empowerment as a multi-dimensional social process that helps people gain control in their own lives. Helping and guiding people to improve their skills and develop their knowledge in the hope that it will motivate them to take steps to progress independently and lead self-sufficient lives - to be empowered. This process fosters power in individuals for use in their own lives, their communities, and in their society by acting on issues and finding solutions to problems that they define as important.
After identifying an eligible ‘target group’, we strive to figure out together with the local team their real needs and the practical solutions that can accepted, as well as implemented. We do not believe in ‘hand outs’ or encouraging false expectation for free support. The focus is to teach people the connection between personal action and community action, encouraging individual change through training, education and when needed the initial funding required to begin – until the point where external financial support is no longer needed. By supporting community action through participants' efforts to change their communities for the better, we help them to break the cycle they are often caught up in. Though we cannot give people power and we cannot make them "empowered," we are able to afford them the opportunities, resources and support that allows them to become involved themselves.
Khiri Reach’s ‘Empower’ projects will run across all our operating countries with a preliminary focus on women and children. During this process we also wish to encourage the people and communities we work with to take responsibility for the environment and elevate their local wisdom by incorporating better, more sustainable practices with an emphasis on long term viable outcomes that benefit all.
Find out how you can involved in Khiri Reach’s EMPOWER projects and programs across Asia.
Khiri Reach’s LIFE projects focus on the natural environment encompassing all flora and fauna. We wish to engage and encourage local schools, clubs, governments and others businesses to actively promote and support wildlife and habitat conservation.
Wildlife has a fundamental value and contributes to the ecological, genetic, social, economic, scientific, educational, cultural, recreational and aesthetic aspects of sustainable development and human well-being. Together through education and responsible interaction we hope to show locals and foreigners alike how they can help preserve and protect each country’s beautiful wildlife before it is too late.
Due to human encroachment, poverty, out dated medical or religious myths, illegal trafficking, lack of understanding and more, LIFE in our world’s precious eco-systems and the creatures that rely on them; in the air, on land and in the sea, are truly under threat.
We wish to engage with those involved in these unnecessary practices, which have a negative impact on nature, and endeavour to show alternative ways to provide an income for themselves and their families by using their knowledge and skills to protect and conserve rather than destroy - or in other words about long term Environmental Economics.
Khiri Reach’s LIFE programs teach and promote how even as individuals we can be part of the solution;
Visit - your money helps keep the good places up and running; like botanical gardens, national parks and nature reserves.
Consume Responsibly - Do not consume or purchase animals, body parts or products from protected wildlife. When the money stops the killing stops.
Volunteer – Help clean beaches, help out at wild animal rescue centers or help teach tourists about your local habitat.
Stay informed – Inform yourself on current environmental matters and be aware of your individual impact on ecosystems and wildlife. Think globally, act locally.
Speak Up – You can stop wildlife trafficking from being a profitable enterprise by informing authorities on illegal logging, fishing and wildlife trafficking.
Reach Out – Share ways that you and your community can live life with the smallest negative impact on the environment, wildlife and their habitats.
Khiri Reach invites you to join our LIFE programs; share knowledge, passion and support wildlife conservation in all its forms.