Planet Earth First

A nonprofit organization

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$25,000 Goal

Climate change is a threat to human existence. We know it is happening. The rising average temperature of Earth's climate system, or global warming, is driving changes in rainfall patterns, causing extreme weather, and an early arrival of seasons. We know that our human activities are causing most of the greenhouse gas emissions, which directly affects air quality, drought, risk of fire, loss of wildlife, natural habitats as well as fragile ecosystems. Being a ski resort town dependent upon snowfall, climate change directly threatens the Park City economy and our way of life. We need to act now or the impact of our actions will be irreversible. The world’s climate scientists agree—to control global warming the earth needs drastic reductions in carbon emissions by the year 2030. 

The formation of Planet Earth First was inspired by one construction worker’s realization that after years of crafting beautiful homes in his community, using thousands of tons of milled lumber it was time to give those trees back to the Earth. It was time to pay it forward, make Planet Earth First the first priority. He wanted to do his part to move toward zero waste, reduce carbon emissions and slow global warming. He envisioned building a forest! His idea and model are simple. He would create a circular economy by adjusting his day to day construction operations to include diverting waste from landfill. This would be done by recycling and reusing the excess construction materials from job sites that would have under old daily routines made its way to the dumpster. Those recycled construction materials would gain new life in the form of functional, high quality products that would be sold to the community. The income generated from these products/projects would be used to buy native tree seeds that would then be planted back into the community. This model not only lends itself to potential scaling and replication but is intended to be scaled and replicated in as many communities as possible around the globe. 

Planet Earth First is committed to working aggressively to reduce carbon emissions. Its goals are aligned with those of Park City: net-zero by the year 2030. Planet Earth First values consistently align with the 2020 visioning process.  During the 2020 Vision Process, when asked how far Park City wants to move toward zero waste, a sweeping 40% requested to “move the whole way toward a circular economy.” Planet Earth First’s day to day operations reflect this circular economy aspiration voiced by our community. 

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Planet Earth First

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PO BOX 681731

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