We care about the planet and creating a business that gives back to nature. That’s why we’re thrilled to share that we’re partnering with One Tree Planted to plant a tree for every purchase.
Their mission is to reforest the planet, one tree at a time. Trees clean our air and water, create habitats for biodiversity, contribute to our health and wellbeing, and create jobs for social impact.
One Tree Planted is a 501C3 non-profit with a focus on global reforestation.
As an environmental charity, they are dedicated to making it easier for individuals and businesses to give back to the environment, create a healthier climate, protect biodiversity and help reforestation efforts around the world. All by planting trees!
Started in 2014, they have more than doubled the number of trees planted year over year. Fast-forward to today, they now work with awesome reforestations partners in North America, South America, Asia and Africa who help them get trees in the ground to restore forests after fires and floods, create jobs, build communities, and protect habitat for biodiversity.
We’re honoured to have reforestation through One Tree Planted as an integral part of our business model.
The love of the outdoors is one of – if not the main – reason for how we at Psyclone Tents have come to where we are now. Each of us at Psyclone feel that time spent in nature serves for some of our earliest memories and most formative lessons.
We also feel it is up to each of us to do our part wherever we can to try and raise awareness of how our actions affect the environment – and beyond that try to modify our behaviour to have as little negative impact on the environment as possible. It is with this in mind that we have decided to take action with the great team at Climate Friendly.
We look forward to working alongside Climate Friendly well into the future – and we will continue to search out opportunities where we can give back and support organisations that are making a difference for the environment.
If you are involved in any activism or environmental initiatives and feel we could work together, please contact us.
The Tasmanian Native Forest Protection Projects involve the protection of large tracts of privately owned land in the Tasmanian Central Highlands. The land is degraded native forest which has been logged in the past and – in the absence of carbon revenue – would continue to be either logged or cleared for agriculture in the future.
This group of projects is a test case. If it works, a new business model will have been created to compete with logging. It is a real opportunity to preserve Tasmania’s iconic native forests; but it requires financial support from businesses and individuals through the sale of carbon credits.
Tasmania is known globally for its precious native forest, endemic species, significant biological diversity and spectacular wild places. The exceptional ecological values of Tasmania’s natural environment have been recognised internationally.
However, significant tracts of native forest are still being logged or are scheduled for logging. Increasing areas of forest are also being clear-felled to make way for pasture and other agricultural use. The timber is primarily used to create low-value woodchip for the pulp and paper industry.
Whilst there is increasing concern for the plight of Tasmania’s forests, there are at present limited options for landowners seeking to manage the land in a manner that is both economically and environmentally sustainable. Currently logging is the primary option.
These pioneering projects were the first in Australia to be accredited under the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS), and among the first VCS projects in the world in the field of improved forest management and avoided deforestation. The projects minimise greenhouse gas emissions by preventing the release of carbon stored in the trees, which would otherwise occur through the logging, processing and use of the timber. The credits issued in recognition of this provide a means for landholders to pursue a new business model by generating revenue from their sale.
In addition to their climate change benefits, the projects help to protect and restore Tasmania’s valuable native forests, which provide a habitat for a number of endangered species including the wedge-tailed eagle, spotted quoll and the iconic Tasmanian devil.
They have also created new employment opportunities in the forestry sector, and ecotourism opportunities through the enhancement of the landscape.
Furthermore, the projects have provided income diversification and stabilisation for local landowners, thereby enabling them to set the land aside for conservation purposes only, and manage it in a way that encourages natural regeneration of the forest.
In addition, landholders are keen to raise awareness of their efforts to protect this unique forest landscape by facilitating visits to the area to see first-hand the benefits these projects bring.
The world’s leading direct action ocean conservation organisation
Sea Shepherd was founded in 1977 by Captain Paul Watson in Vancouver, Canada, with the mission to protect and conserve all marine wildlife. Incorporated in Oregon in 1981 as the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, today the movement has independent entities in over 20 countries working together on direct-action campaigns around the world. You can navigate their timeline here.
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is the world’s most passionate and powerful protector of ocean life. They are on a mission to defend, conserve and protect the seas and marine wildlife like no organisation can.
From its earliest years, Sea Shepherd has embraced the mandate of the United Nations World Charter for Nature to uphold international conservation laws. With the largest private navy on the planet, they collaborate with governments who share their ships and use their authority to intervene and enforce the law.
To save marine wildlife and ecosystems, they take more than a stand. They take action.
“Unless we stop the degradation of our oceans, marine ecological systems will begin collapsing and when enough of them fail, the oceans will die. And if the oceans die, then civilisation collapses and we all die.” – Paul Watson
They are risk-takers. For over 40 years, they have grown from a small organisation to a global movement of thousands of passionate volunteers from dozens of nations. What has never changed is their attitude.
They put themselves on the front lines to expose the truth, save marine wildlife, conduct vital research and stop illegal activity through collaborative campaigns with communities and governments through lawful means and in accordance to international charters and declarations.
Their commitment has led them to protect marine wildlife—including endangered or threatened species—and their delicate habitats. They have cut illegal nets, cleaned vital ecosystems, shutdown illegal operations in contentious waters, and even delivered humanitarian supplies. They never stop because the survival of our ocean is a constant challenge. It is an enduring commitment and a long-term solution.
Life began in the ocean. We must Defend, Conserve and Protect it. Now and always.
Providing a greener future for you
At Psyclone Tents we are always conscious of how we operate our business in order to minimise our impact on the environment and reduce our footprint as best we can. That is why we made the decision to install solar panels at our warehouse and showroom.
After calculating the amount of power being used at our warehouse throughout the year, we decided to opt for a solar system that would not only cover all of our usage but would also generate excess power to feed back into the grid.
After extensive research, we decided to partner with the team at Green Vision Solar – an 100% Australian owned and operated company who install solar panels at homes and businesses throughout Australia and have an impeccable track record when it comes to customer satisfaction.
We could not be happier with the end result. The team at Green Vision Solar were efficient, professional and a pleasure to work with. The result has led to not only a financial savings but is also means we’re taking a step towards a more sustainable future.
Read more on the Green Vision Solar website.
There is not much this bloke hasn’t done when it comes to standing up for the environment in Australia. That’s why it was a no brainer for us to get behind the Bob Brown Foundation.
Bob Brown was elected to the Senate in 1996, after 10 years as an MHA in Tasmania’s state parliament.
In his first speech in the Senate, Bob raised the threat posed by climate change. Government and opposition members laughed at his warning of sea level rises and it has taken 10 years for them to finally begin to acknowledge the causes and effects of climate change.
Since 1996, Bob has continued to take a courageous, and often politically lonely, stand on issues across the national and international spectrum. Some of the many issues that Bob has raised in the Senate include petrol sniffing in Central Australia, self-determination for West Papua and Tibet, saving Tasmania’s ancient forests, opposing the war in Iraq, justice for David Hicks, stopping the sale of the Snowy Hydro scheme and opposing the dumping of nuclear waste in Australia.
Bob was re-elected to the Senate in 2001. Following the election of 4 Greens senators in 2004, Bob became parliamentary leader of the Australian Greens in 2005.
The 2007 election saw Bob re-elected to the Senate for a third term along with two new Greens Senators in WA and SA. Bob received the highest personal Senate vote in Tasmania and was elected with more than a quota in his own right.
In 2010 Bob led the Australian Greens to a historic result with more than 1.6 million Australians voting for the Greens and the election of 9 Senators and 1 House of Representatives member. As a result of this election the Greens gained balance of power in the Senate and signed an agreement with the ALP which allowed Prime Minister Julia Gillard to form government. A key part of this agreement was the Greens requirement that a price on carbon be introduced, which led to legislation being passed at the end of 2011.
Bob stepped down as Leader of the Australian Greens, and then retired from the Senate in June 2012, when he retired from the parliament to establish the Bob Brown Foundation.
In this age of rapid destruction of the biosphere, attended by cynicism and pessimism, the foundation will use ecological reality and optimism to promote real environmental wins.
They aim to help campaigns and activists who show real pluck and intelligence in protecting ecosystems, species and wild and scenic heritage.
Bob Brown’s appeal to fund the court case to stop the logging destruction of Tasmania’s magnificent Wielangta Forest drew a generous response from people all over Australia and beyond, though none of this generosity was tax deductible.
Now, Bob Brown Foundation will carry on that work, to protect more scenic land environments, wildlife and marine ecosystems in Tasmania, around Australia, in Antarctica and across our region.
The Foundation is a non-profit fund which will promote the protection and enhancement of, and the provision of information and education about:
What a legend!
Find out more about the foundation and current campaigns on the Bob Brown Foundation website here.