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Taking Root: Reforestation Made Better
February 15 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Deforestation is one of the largest contributors to climate change because trees are made up of ~50% carbon by weight so when forests are destroyed, all of that carbon is released back into the atmosphere. To address this, Taking Root uses a market-based approach to fight deforestation and poverty by developing fully traceable reforestation products with smallholder farmers.
This works because the root cause of deforestation is people’s pursuit or better economic opportunities. Therefore, the only way to reverse deforestation is by designing reforestation initiatives that provide economic opportunities for people. When these people are smallholder farmers, deforestation and poverty are addressed simultaneously.
Presenter: Dawson College Alumni Kahlil Baker, Ph.D. is the co-founder and executive director of Taking Root, a NGO based out of Vancouver and Nicaragua. Kahlil holds a Ph.D. in forest economics and a M.Sc. in forest biometrics, both from the University of British-Columbia. He also holds a B.A. in economics, and professional certificates in business development and permaculture. He is fluent in English, French, Spanish, and is currently learning German.