The formation of Planet Earth First was inspired by one construction worker’s realization that after years of crafting beautiful homes in his community, using thousands of tons of milled lumber it was time to give those trees back to the Earth. It was time for him to pay it forward, make Planet Earth the first priority. He wanted to do his part to move toward zero waste, reduce carbon emissions and slow global warming. He envisioned building a forest. His idea and model are simple. He would create a circular economy by adjusting his day to day construction operations to include diverting waste from landfill. This would be done by recycling and reusing the excess construction materials from job sites that would have under old daily routines made its way to the dumpster. Those recycled construction materials would gain new life in the form of functional, high quality products that would be sold to the community. The income generated from these products/projects would be used to buy native tree seeds that would then be planted back into the community. This model not only lends itself to potential scaling and replication but is intended to be scaled and replicated in as many communities as possible around the globe.
operation: build a forest 2030
Climate change represents enormous challenges AND vast opportunities for us to conquer the climate crisis and work toward a zero carbon future!Planet Earth First is dedicated to a zero carbon future by reducing our carbon footprint with the planting of trees, trees and more trees
Did you know that 50,000 trees within an area of 1,280 acres is considered a forest? Planet Earth First has already begun the journey to build a forest. Our goal is to plant 50,000 trees from seed by the year 2030. That is 5,000 trees every year for the next ten years. Trees are a valuable resource that naturally filters carbon out of the air, while at the same time helping to revitalize soil and emitting oxygen. On average one mature tree can absorb 88 lbs. of carbon every year. Imagine what 50,000 mature trees can do – that would be 4,400,000 lbs - or 2,204.6 metric tons of carbon filtered every year. The average American human being is responsible for producing 44,000 pounds of carbon per year. Our project, Operation: Build A Forest 2030 would erase the carbon footprint of 100 humans annually!