Global Warming – A blessing in disguise?

Rather than view it as a disaster about to strike, how about we look at it as a wake up call that we can do better?

When you think about it, the things we have done to cause an imbalance in nature create an awfully nasty environment for all of us. The air we breathe is polluted, our oceans are heating up, our depleted forests are destroying local biodiversity. Food production (which I think we can all agree is nice to have) is facing a critical shortage due to lifeless soils and drought.

What it all boils down to is we are using energy sources that are finite and are breaking down our ecological balance. Surprisingly, what has moved this train forward at velocity speed is greed. A disregard for the environmental impact dirty energy causes. Because it is big money, for a few.

Imagine a future where the skies are clear, the air we breathe is pure, the water we drink is fresh, biodiversity is thriving, soils are replenished and healthy providing food security for all.

Because that is how the world would be if we applied solutions to gravitate towards a more balanced world.

Solutions at hand

Coal Mining

National Geographic resource library reports:

Burning coal releases gases and particulates that are harmful to the environment. Carbon dioxide is the primary emission.

Carbon dioxide is an essential part of our planet’s atmosphere. It is called a greenhouse gas because it absorbs and retains heat in the atmosphere, and keeps our planet at a livable temperature.

In the natural carbon cycle, carbon and carbon dioxide are constantly cycled between the land, ocean, atmosphere, and all living and decomposing organisms. Carbon is also sequestered, or stored underground. This keeps the carbon cycle in balance.

However, when coal and other fossil fuels are extracted and burned, they release sequestered carbon into the atmosphere, which leads to a build-up of greenhouse gases and adversely affects climates and ecosystems.”

Knowing coal and fossil fuels are damaging our environment, why are we still producing and using coal instead of focusing on clean energy source replacements?

Great news from Western Australia

Some governments are starting to respond and taking a proactive approach to help move away from our dependence on coal.

The Western Australian Government has announced all state-owned coal-fired power stations in WA will be closed by 2029.

The WA Government is promising to spend $3.5 billion over 10 years building renewable energy capacity in the state, to replace the coal power with clean, affordable and reliable renewable energy.”

While this is great news, it is just dipping a toe in the water. We need the other top producers of coal (China, India, United States, Indonesia, the rest of Australia, and Russia) to act as responsibly and begin reducing their coal mines and moving to a cleaner source of energy.

Biochar

For those of you familiar with our newsletter and our biochar project, you are probably thinking, “Oh no, not again!”

But this is not about our biochar project. (Whew!)

The British have caught on to the benefits of biochar (sort of). In a groundbreaking scientific trial farmers will be paid to bury biochar as part of a new carbon capture trial.

Researchers in a multi-million-pound trial are placing 200 tonnes of a charcoal-like substance under woodland and farmland in an attempt to improve British soil health and turn waste carbon into a useful nutrient.

One draw back to this study is “to pass regulations, the researchers are using biochar made from just wood.” They do not specify where they are sourcing their wood. But they do have an eye on the potential use of dried-out food waste as well as waste products from sawmills.

Healthier Forests

Advances in solar power

Bright Future Facts Related to Solar Energy

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If you live in the United States and are wondering if switching to solar would be a good idea for you check out “Everything You Need To Know About Solar Tax Credit“.

Untapped Sustainable Resources: Hemp and Bamboo

Hemp

Hemp, The Ancient Alternative

Hemp is still illegal to grow in some areas because of its controversial and sometimes illegal cousin, marijuana. 

Hemp was used for clothing in Ancient China as well as paper for early Buddhist writings. Even the people in the Middle Ages used hemp for clothing as well as for rope and sails. It can be used for an array of paper and clothing products. It can even be made into a towel that could be used in lieu of paper towels or an air-dry blower in public restrooms. Here are some advantages of using hemp for fabric:

  • Breathes and insulates so it is always comfortable.
  • Can be made into very soft clothing that gets softer over time.
  • Contains a natural UV protectant.
  • Is very durable and is resistant to abrasions.
  • Absorbs water very well.

Hemp is a natural fiber that is more eco-friendly than polyester or synthetically-made material. It has the following properties that make it perfect for protecting and preserving our environment: 

  • 100% reusable and biodegradable
  • Reduces the carbon dioxide in the air more than most plants
  • Has very deep roots that absorb chemicals and pollutants
  • Can be grown without using herbicides
Bamboo

Benefits of Bamboo

Bamboo is a very fast-growing plant able to grow almost 100 inches in a day. This makes it an extremely renewable resource. While it takes 10-30 years for trees to grow to harvest, bamboo can be harvested within 3-5 years.

Additionally, bamboo makes an excellent building material. It can be grown in whatever shape you need and there are varieties that are as strong as steel and more compressed than concrete. Plus, there are many architectural advantages to bamboo:

  • Extremely lightweight, making it easy to transport.
  • Very strong. It is actually used as scaffolding in some places.
  • Resistant to both high winds and shocks.
  • Found and grown in many areas of the world.

In addition to its pros as a building material, it is also environmentally friendly:

  • Its waxy coating resists water so painting it with chemicals is not necessary.
  • Pesticides are not needed for it to grow.
  • When smoked, it produces its own insecticide.
  • It absorbs nitrogen and can reduce pollution when planted near factories.
  • Small farms and villages are planting it to slow down or stop erosion.

(Courtesy of Green and Save “How Bamboo And Hemp Can Help The Environment“)

Repurposing Styrofoam

Styrofoam is made out of styrene which is a petroleum-based product. Besides coming from a dirty source, discarded styrofoam can take over 500 years to breakdown. In the process it is very harmful to the environment.

How do we solve this problem?

Warm Heart has developed a simple, replicable system to convert styrofoam into a useful product. Styrofoam recycling provides an opportunity for both men and women to build a sustainable business while helping clean up our environment. Watch our video and follow our step by step directions.

Climate Change: A Challenge We Can Win

It will not be easy to undo the harm we have done to our environment, but it can be done. Upcoming generations will need to decide if they want to clean up our planet to bring back clean air, fresh water, and rebuild a world where all living things can thrive, Or continue down the road of self destruction.

We are betting on our bright, caring and intelligent youth to build a better world. All it takes is a desire to do better and the commitment to action.

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