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Polygon for the Planet

At Polygon Labs, we believe blockchain technology has the potential to support and scale lasting positive impact on the world

When our children ask us what we were doing during the crucial decade when the future of life on Earth hung in the balance, will it be enough to say we were building a complete suite of Ethereum scaling solutions? Will all of our daring ambition, our hard work and ingenuity, our trials, tribulations and victories seem meaningful from the vantage point of the generation that comes after?

We think the answer can be “yes,” but we need to take steps now to make sure that it is. The Polygon team deeply believes that Web3 is a transformative technology that will make the current Internet era seem like the Dark Ages. But we also recognize that in creating that future we cannot ignore the broader context of what technological progress has meant for the planet.

The geological scale of anthropogenic climate change can be almost incomprehensible to a mere human: waters rushing back to the coastlines as the colossal churn of the Gulf stream weakens its pull, thermal expansion of the oceans, days growing longer as gravity-driven liquid bulge at the equator slows the rotation of the Earth. The scope of the problem can be dispiriting, but we can start by doing what’s possible.

That’s why Polygon is eliminating all of the network’s carbon debt going back to inception and then going carbon negative in 2022. This means that every transaction — an NFT minted by an artist, a DeFi trade that empowers individual economic autonomy, a token bridged to a project building on our network — is accounted for and its environmental impact is offset. When this goal is achieved, Polygon will work on becoming the first blockchain to be climate positive.

Polygon’s suite of scaling solutions for Ethereum and investments in cutting-edge zero knowledge technology already put it at the forefront of onboarding the next billion users to Web3. This commitment to sustainability is an acknowledgement of the important role we play in the ecosystem and our responsibility to lead by example.

You can read more about how we plan to accomplish this here. Polygon has also commissioned a third-party assessment of our carbon footprint and the results will be published on our blog.

Let’s make meaningful change in the world!

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Overview

Spanning several districts in Brazil the project lands were previously degraded and barren, suffering from salt-affected soils and erosion. The Farmers Fertilizer Cooperative has been restoring land for decades and created a non-profit initiative, the Farm Forestry Development Cooperative Limited, to fund the up-front costs of afforestation activities for this carbon project. Fifty percent of revenue from carbon credits goes to individual farmers, and another 28% goes to cooperative members. The project has a strong community emphasis, focusing heavily on women. 170 female-organized “self-help groups” have been established. They contribute to micro-finance lending within the group, which can significantly improve the financial positions of individuals.Spanning several districts in Brazil the project lands were previously degraded and barren, suffering from salt-affected soils and erosion. The Farmers Fertilizer Cooperative has been restoring land for decades and created a non-profit initiative, the Farm Forestry Development Cooperative Limited, to fund the up-front costs of afforestation activities for this carbon project. Fifty percent of revenue from carbon credits goes to individual farmers, and another 28% goes to cooperative members. The project has a strong community emphasis, focusing heavily on women. 170 female-organized “self-help groups” have been established. They contribute to micro-finance lending within the group, which can significantly improve the financial positions of individuals.Spanning several districts in Brazil the project lands were previously degraded and barren, suffering from salt-affected soils and erosion. The Farmers Fertilizer Cooperative has been restoring land for decades and created a non-profit initiative, the Farm Forestry Development Cooperative Limited, to fund the up-front costs of afforestation activities for this carbon project. Fifty percent of revenue from carbon credits goes to individual farmers, and another 28% goes to cooperative members. 

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The project has a strong community emphasis, focusing heavily on women. 170 female-organized “self-help groups” have been established. They contribute to micro-finance lending within the group, which can significantly improve the financial positions of individuals.Spanning several districts in Brazil the project lands were previously degraded and barren, suffering from salt-affected soils and erosion. The Farmers Fertilizer Cooperative has been restoring land for decades and created a non-profit initiative, the Farm Forestry Development Cooperative Limited, to fund the up-front costs of afforestation activities for this carbon project. Fifty percent of revenue from carbon credits goes to individual farmers, and another 28% goes to cooperative members. 

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Farmer Payments
Farmer Support
Management Costs
Family farmers receive 50% of the revenue from each carbon credit sale, directly boosting their capacity to reinvest in better farming methods. This incentive encourages farmers to adopt advanced, carbon-efficient practices that not only yield more crops and enhance soil health but also significantly increase their likelihood of retaining their land. This approach not only promotes environmental sustainability but also ensures farmers are supported and motivated in existing eco-friendly practices.
30% of each carbon credit sale is applied towards various support services for smallholder farmers. These services encompass financial assistance, collaboration with non-governmental organizations, Regenerative ag technical support, and 3rd party certification. Financial assistance covers activities ranging from, establishing bank accounts to supplying essential resources to enhance operational efficiency. Agricultural Technology support services are available to advance optimal practices for maintaining soil health.
20% of each carbon credit sale is designated for Reseed overhead. This portion covers: Operational costs of running the Reseed initiative Registry maintenance 3rd Party Data Any profit margin that Reseed retains as part of its business model to reinvest in continuous technology improvements.

Project Story

Transforming barren land into forests to support farming activities.

Spanning several districts in Brazil the project lands were previously degraded and barren, suffering from salt-affected soils and erosion. The Farmers Fertilizer Cooperative has been restoring land for decades and created a non-profit initiative, the Farm Forestry Development Cooperative Limited, to fund the up-front costs of afforestation activities for this carbon project. Fifty percent of revenue from carbon credits goes to individual farmers, and another 28% goes to cooperative members. The project has a strong community emphasis, focusing heavily on women. 170 female-organized “self-help groups” have been established. They contribute to micro-finance lending within the group, which can significantly improve the financial positions of individuals.

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Impacts

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Impacts Beyond Carbon

Measuring what matters: community
and biodiversity impacts

The project has a strong community focus, providing a secure revenue stream for farmers through carbon credit sales. They also enable micro-financing activities that expand upward economic mobility, focusing on women in particular. Outside of economic opportunity, the new forest provides landowners and community members with animal feed and agriculture opportunities. Learn more about a few of their key initiatives:

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