One Planet Trust
XPrize Carbon Removal Challenge

A Global Family Homestead Act for the 21st Century
Summary of Intent to Image
Wherein, everyone who actually wants to live on and work a hectare of land needs to, by right, have one for futurity.

Therefore, we purpose that as of this moment, there is the means for all future climate refugee children be immediately ceded a hectare of land in their name in perpetuity, on which to establish a One Planet biochar tree-farm homestead forever. This shall be paired with a vocational training program (for their guardians) featuring indigenous legacy as curriculum, with particular guidance in place-based self-sufficiency and sovereign scale utilities. As a turnkey homestead pilot project for all future refugee children (not just climate) it will greatly realize the nexus of interactions that an equitable zeitgeist culture requires for a successful transitioning to the latter 21st century.

The xprize carbon removal 'land' category has almost 300 entries where a significant number have biochar/soil as their primary instrument. So the science is in and the word is out about biochar's high-integrity in the durable natural climate solutions catalog.

Our intent here with Xprize is to intro-image, offer early adaptor narration and begin implementing a most holistic pathway to an enduring gigatonne culture.

Some very round ballpark numbers we want to put into play:
  • bring every ally and stakeholder together to
  • begin acquiring access to 500mn hectares for 500mn one planet family biochar treefarm homesteads - that's almost 2mn sq. miles, mostly distributed throughout the northernmost and southernmost temperate zones.

  • begin resettling 100mn refugee children in the next ten years, @ 10mn turnkey homesteads a year.

  • At 1 tonne of biochar per hectare per year, 500mn hectare homesteads can sequester ~1500mn tonnes of CO2e, annually, conservatively, and further

  • the same 500mn hectares as one planet homesteads can sequester another ~1500mn tonnes through tree farming, food forests, place-based emissions avoidance, stacked functions, shrunken externalities and soil sovereignty.

  • 1500mn tonnes x 2 = 3 gigatonne@year, conservatively. That's 3000mn tonnes of CO2e annually, mostly off-grid, by 2050. Come, run, see!

  • Worldwide there are over 470mn <2ha family smallholdings/homesteads in situ. If not already, they are en mass recruitable to the one planet biochar sovereign-soil gigatonne cause, as well.

To win the grand prize, teams must demonstrate:
1. A working solution at a scale of at least 1000 tonnes removed per year;

  • A biochar homestead can make, at least, 1 tonne of biochar@year, therefore sequestering >2.5 tonnes of CO2@year, at least, with production emissions already factored in.
  • It would take 400 biochar homesteads each making only one tonne@year to produce 1000 tonnes of sequestered carbon.
  • We can presume this to be easily happening worldwide and verifiable, right now.
       further notes
  • 1 tonne (1000kg) of biochar divided by 52 wks = 19.2 kgs@wk = 2.7 kgs@day (6 lbs).
  • 2.7kg@day average could be produced domestically with a biochar hearth.
  • 20kg@wk avg is easily accomplished with a homemade outdoor kiln.

  • A hectare can commonly bring forth >20 tonnes of dry biomass, which equals ~4.5 tonnes of captured CO2e when pyrolyzed. 400ha X 4.5 = 1,800 tonnes, conservatively.

2. Model their costs at a scale of 1 million tonnes per year;

If the above data is found feasable and conservative we would need 400,000 biochar homesteads to sequester
a million tons (a megaton) of CO2.

This can be fulfilled through our proposed homestead program and recruitments from present day smallholder homesteaders worldwide.

Let's say that the avg cost of a turnkey refugee family hectare homestead is - all things considered - $1mn@, equalling $400bn (billion). USgov just spent over 6tn (trillion) on Covid.

3. And show a pathway to achieving a scale of gigatonnes per year in the future.

How many biochar hectare homesteads would it take to capture a gigatonne (a billion tonnes) of CO2 @year? We need 400mn hectare homesteads for a gigaton of reasons, including the full realization of a gigatonne culture. $400tn. Confronted with this number we can now propose the one planet biochar hectare to be the final coin of the realm.

XPrize continues:
"Any carbon negative solution is eligible: nature-based, direct air capture, oceans, mineralization, 
or anything else that achieves net negative emissions, sequesters CO2 durably, and show a sustainable
path to achieving low cost at gigatonne scale."

This proposal fully realized can meet all the above criteria.

"No one has to give up anything except the idea of systemic poverty for the 3 billion farmers most at risk from global warming." Danny Day, Eprida Inc.

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