Green Prophet’s Karin recently made us aware of a carbon offsetting scheme here in the Middle East, named Libra/Sekem, which converts cash paid for carbon offsets into compost. The project based in the Sharkia region of Egypt, turns coffee grinds, raw food scraps and more (read one of our super-enriched Green Prophet posts on composting here) from the streets of Cairo and other Egyptian Cities into compost, which is fast activated, and used locally to enrich the desert soil.
The project, part of the Sekem group, founded in 1977 by Dr. Ibrahim Abouleish who has won an ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’ for his pioneering social justice work, is based on principles of right livelihood, respect for the local ecology, and sustainability.
Sekem has initiated the Egyptian Biodynamic Association (EBDA) which fights the good fight for organic farming in the region. Payments to Libra/Sekem go through an offset provider company in the Netherlands, which converts Western Euros and American Dollars into rich nutrients which greens more of the desert and provides much needed agricultural land – truly greening the desert and holding back desertification!
This intrepid green reporter plans to visit the project in the months ahead and will provide a fuller report. In the meantime, I’m supporting them by offsetting my upcoming flights with them: off to the UK for a while, so in the words of Bernard Kouchner (the French Foreign Minister & founder of Medecin Sans Frontiers) at the recent Palestine Investment Conference in Bethlehem: “See you soon. Be good.”