The Vatican to Become World's First Carbon Neutral Sovereign State



    Planktos/KlimaFa's New Vatican Climate Forest Initiative to Fully Green
the Holy See

    SAN FRANCISCO, July 12 /CNW/ - By agreement with the Vatican,
Planktos/KlimaFa is now pleased and honored to announce that the Holy See
plans to become the first entirely carbon neutral sovereign state, and it has
chosen KlimaFa ecorestoration offsets to achieve this historic goal. In a
brief ceremony on July 5th the Vatican declared that it had gratefully
accepted KlimaFa's offer to create a new Vatican Climate Forest in Europe that
will initially offset all of the Holy See's CO2 emissions for this year.

    His Most Reverend Eminence Cardinal Paul Poupard presided at the event
and stated, "As President of the Pontifical Council of Culture; I am honoured
to receive this donation from the leaders of Planktos-KlimaFa. This donation
means an entire section of a national park in central Europe will be
reforested. In this way, the Vatican will do its small part in contributing to
the elimination of polluting emissions from CO2 which is threatening the
survival of this planet.

    "As the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, had recently stated, the
international community needs to respect and encourage a 'Green Culture,'
characterized by ethical values. The Book of Genesis tells us of a beginning
in which God placed man as guardian over the earth to make it fruitful. When
man forgets that he is a faithful servant of this earth, it becomes a desert
that threatens the survival of all creation..."

    Pope Benedict XVI's inspiring guidance strongly reinforces an increasing
Vatican environmental concern articulated by Pope John Paul II in his 2001
Blueprint for the New Millennium, "How can we remain indifferent to the
prospect of an ecological crisis which is making vast areas of our planet
uninhabitable and hostile to humanity?" Cardinal Renato Raffaele Martino, head
of the Pontifical Council of Justice and Peace, reaffirmed this warning at the
Vatican Conference on Climate Change and Development this April, "For
environment... read Creation... Man must cultivate and safeguard God's
Creation."

    According to Planktos CEO and KlimaFa Managing Director, Russ George,
"The Holy See's increasingly creative environmental leadership is both
insightful and profound. Not only is the Vatican steadily reducing its carbon
footprint with energy efficiency and solar power, its choice of new mixed
growth forests to offset the balance of its emissions shows a deep commitment
to planetary stewardship as well. It eloquently makes the point that
ecorestoration is a fitting climate change solution for a culture of life."

    Dr. David Gazdag, KlimaFa's Managing Director in Budapest, added, "We
believe this Climate Forest initiative clearly reflects the Vatican's deep
commitment to both environmental healing and the welfare of the poor. Besides
their local ecological and global climatic benefits, these projects offer many
rewarding new eco-forestry jobs to struggling rural communities and increasing
eco-tourism employment opportunities as these beautiful woodlands mature."

    The new Vatican Climate Forest will be created in Hungary's Bukk National
Park under the auspices of the KlimaFa Climate Parks program. Its dimensions
will be determined by the Vatican's 2007 energy usage and the success of its
current emission reduction efforts. KlimaFa has received EU JI Track 1
approval to plant thousands of hectares of new native species, mixed growth
forests under the permanent protection of European national park systems. Its
initial projects are being conducted in collaboration with Hungary's
government, Academy of Sciences and National Parks Directorate.

    Planktos/KlimaFa has further committed to work with the Vatican and the
Pontifical Council of Culture to develop methods to calculate the CO2
emissions of individual Catholic churches and offer ecorestoration options to
turn their carbon footprints green.

    Budapest-based KlimaFa, Kft is the EU forest subsidiary of climate
ecorestoration pioneer Planktos Corp (OTCBB:PLKT), which also has offices in
the US and Canada.

    Television footage of the Vatican ceremony with Cardinal Poupard and
Planktos/KlimaFa's director is now available to media outlets.

    For further information please visit www.klimafa.com and planktos.com.

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For further information: Planktos/KlimaFa David Kubiak, 650-619-0013
(US) david.kubiak@planktos.com Fax: 650-393-6184 Dr. David Gazdag,
36-1787-4690 (Hungary) dgazdag@klimafa.com Fax: 36-1787-5020