We created PLANET BUYBACK, a community that supports land and ocean conservation through land purchase, ecosystem management, climate mitigation strategies, empowerment of indigenous peoples and plastic pollution solutions.
We have more power as a collective than as individuals. Join our community and tell your friends, family, co-workers to do the same. Now is time for real change. Let’s get our voices heard!
can remove plastic from the ocean
can stop the deforestation
can bring clean water to remote villages
can neutralize carbon emissions
can make us greener and happier
can protect our resources for our children
can make us proud of who we are
The Global Livingston Institute
Planet Buyback and The Global Livingston Institute are partnering to launch a community recycling center in Lira, Uganda with the goal of scaling up throughout the country.
In recent decades, the production and consumption of plastic in Uganda has exploded. In 2018 alone, Uganda imported $385.5 mil of plastic, which is approximately 210,000 tons. Uganda only collects ~6%. This means that each year, approximately 195,000 tons of plastic are left in the ecosystem, creating disastrous consequences. There is a clear need to improve the waste infrastructure and address poverty in Uganda and the problem is as urgent as ever.
In just two short years, the Global Livingston Institute has recycled almost 350 tons of plastic, while injecting ~$25,000 into the local economy. Because of the success of their first center and to provide community benefit to Ugandans reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic, we are looking to help expand their efforts by building more recycling centers.
3/ Long-term impact:
$15,000 launches a new center in Lira. This includes personal and operation costs. The new center will collect over 20 metric tons of plastic in the first six months of its operations and will provide approximately 200 employment opportunities to Uganda’s most vulnerable populations: former child soldiers, people living in poverty and unemployed Ugandans of all ages.
Save the waves + Conservation International
Planet Buyback is supporting the creation of a Surf Protected Area in the beautiful village of Bido, home to one of Morotai’s best waves. Morotai is an island in Indonesia with high-level of biodiversity, outstanding coral reefs and forests, over 30 high quality surfing waves and a vibrant traditional surf culture.
While Morotai’s ecosystems are healthy now, threats are growing. Illegal fishing, habitat destruction, and climate change are on the rise – and plans to massively increase tourism could devastate the environment if not well managed.
Fortunately, the government wants to protect Morotai’s precious ecosystems by creating a network of Surf Protected Areas. This will conserve huge areas of pristine habitat around important surf breaks and promote sustainable surf tourism.
3/ Long-term impact:
This is just the start. We will expand from here to create networks of Surf Protected Areas around the world, starting with Fiji, Costa Rica and Mexican coastlines with the Surf Conservation Partnership.
Travel with a purpose.
Join us on our unique eco-educational
IN CHURCHILL, CANADA
Churchill Northern Studies Center
Discover the beauty and diversity of Canada’s North in a summer excursion to Churchill, Manitoba. In the summer months, Churchill’s landscape comes alive as migratory animals including hundreds of bird species, caribou, beluga whales, and polar bears make their way to the area, and wildflowers carpet the landscape with their small but beautiful blossoms. Churchill is the only place in the world you can get as up close and personal with the charming and vocal white whales as they migrate to the river estuary to feed and give birth. As these whales are extremely gregarious and friendly when they feel unthreatened, whales will often approach zodiacs, bump kayaks, and show off their newborn calves as they spend their first days in the relatively warm waters of the Churchill River. The Churchill Northern Studies Centre, located on the tundra outside the town of Churchill, supports research efforts focused on many arctic species including beluga whales and polar bears. Learn from expert naturalists as you explore the vast wilderness surrounding the CNSC - hike to a fur trade-era fort, kayak with the whales, and watch for polar bears and other arctic wildlife all along the way. If you have energy left at night, keep your eyes open as darkness returns and the Northern lights may dance across the sky.
Orangutan Odysseys + The Orangutan Project
The Orangutan Project is striving for a world where all of Indonesia’s wild species roam safe and free in their protected, natural habitat.
To achieve this, they support the entire ecosystem in which Critically Endangered orangutans live, and address all of the deeply complex issues that have contributed to orangutans becoming Critically Endangered in the first place.
No species exists in isolation, and in order to solve a problem as complex as the extinction crisis facing orangutans - requires multiple solutions.
Planet Buyback is offering a unique experience to observe wild tropical biodiversity in its natural habitat. We will provide you with a safe platform to observe many endemic, and rare species of wildlife throughout Borneo. Orangutan Odysseys has partnered up with The Orangutan Project which supports conservation programs in Borneo - so travelling with us you are directly supporting their orangutan conservation efforts and environmental programs. And finally by supporting ethical and eco-tourism you are helping support the locals and the environment.