The #1 Solution Missing from Climate Change Debates
There’s something sorely missing from mainstream #climatechange debates.
Solutions are missing.
From an average person’s perspective, the focus is almost completely on problems and negative outcomes. We all want to live in a safer cleaner world, but it’s easy to get turned off from being involved in the greater eco-efforts amidst rampant fear mongering, virtue signals, blame gaming, and arguments over science.
Stop frightening our youth to corral them into sanctioned over-politicized ‘protests.’
Forget the slogans.
What people need right now are simple solutions.
And the benefits of those solutions in simple terms most everyone can understand, especially children.
Let’s go through a brief example to support more productive environmental debate.
We’ll follow this basic formula.
Problem - Solution - Benefits
Even if we 100% completely stopped burning fossil fuels, tomorrow we’d wake up and find much of the CO2 we’ve pumped into the atmosphere is still there. We need a relatively quick, economically feasible and sustainable method of mitigating atmospheric CO2.
Convince our leaders - especially in countries where large areas of forestland have been cleared - to collectively plant 100-200 million acres of fiber and seed strains of industrial hemp by 2025 as part of an advanced carbon sequestering initiative through sustainable multi-purpose agriculture. For comparison, American farmers alone planted 83 million acres of soybeans in 2017. The results will speak for themselves.
What’s Carbon Sequestering?
A process by which we capture the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) from our atmosphere. Some we use, some we store. Plants are doing this naturally all around us in two ways:
Photosynthesis: capturing the CO2 and transforming it into carbohydrates or cellulose to feed and build themselves. CO2 is plant food!
Biosequestration: CO2 that isn’t used by plants or stored in their cells is transferred into the soil through their root systems. From here this CO2-turned-carbohydrate energy feeds endless billions of microorganisms working symbiotically within it to stabilize carbon and better trap moisture underground.
Carbon hemp farming.
Why industrial hemp?
Because it’s so simple and gets right at humanity’s second largest CO2 contribution system - land management - while addressing energy production and consumer goods supply chains.
Hemp is an agricultural solution to the atmospheric carbon crisis pushing the climate change debate.
As fossil fuels are to modern people, industrial hemp was to the pre-industrial world. The last time it was farmed on a wide scale however, the human population sat at less than two billion and our carbon footprint was but a fraction of what it is today.
Some estimates from around 1830 show it took between two hundred and three hundred hours to process 5 acres of wheat with elbow grease, walking plow, brush harrow, sickle...and you get the point.
Now we have the agricultural technology and innovative wherewithal to harness industrial hemp on a truly industrial scale, putting gargantuan amounts of carbon back into the earth without increasing taxes or government bureaucracy, or inflicting radical deindustrialization.
Because of its nature as a versatile multi-faceted resource, the benefits of carbon farming with hemp worldwide are manifold. They reverberate throughout the structure of human society cleaning systems up and making them more sustainable as they go.
Here’s the gist,
“Hemp has without doubt, when all the other connective CO2 offsets it breeds are factored in, been scientifically proven to absorb more CO2 per hectare than agro-forestry or any other commercial crop.”
Nothing technically outperforms hemp except fibrous perennials like jute or canasta.
However, jute and canast can’t provide so many eco-friendly products.
How does hemp perform in carbon farming?
We’ll skip the heavier details you can see for yourself at your leisure using the resources in the references section.
Here’s the gist:
Hemp has a high sequestration rate of 1.36kg of CO2 per KG of hemp fiber.
One hectare can absorb 22 tons of CO2, doubling through multiple harvests per year.
All the carbon stored in hemp as fiber and seed can be utilized in hundreds if not thousands of ways - textiles, shoes, paper, construction materials, food, etc.
Hemp fiber and seed strains are naturally pre-adapted to large scale organic farming and CO2-capture enhancement methods like residue mulching (hemp leaf is 50% nitrogen), cover cropping, crop rotation and superior biochar.
When you add CO2 sequestration from farming hemp to the biodegradable products it creates the picture is already impressive. But once you attempt to quantify and add additional CO2 saved by displacing large contributors like the animal protein industry, concrete, cotton, conventional plastics or fossil fuels, the outlook inspires.
Through this one plant resource, we can revolutionize humanity's carbon footprint while naturally reducing atmospheric CO2.
Okay, all that being said. Let’s translate this into easily-digestible benefits.
Benefit #1: “Lower your cost of living across the board.”
We get this. Lowering the cost of living is something most everyone can agree on. By incorporating more multi-purpose carbon farming into our energy production, food production, and textile sector alone we offset incredible environmental costs.
Benefit #2: “Largely detoxify your lifestyle.”
The rising costs of living are connected to the increasing toxification of our biosphere. Not only will hemp help us put endless tons of CO2 back into the soil ...whether we look at hemp fiber displacing cotton or wood products, hemp protein displacing animal protein, or hemp biomass fueling our vehicles, the costs of human life will also go down because we’ll have a tremendous impact on detoxifying our lifestyles.
Hemp cleans. It cleans the air. It cleans and remediates soil. It produces cleaner energy and consumer product supply chains. As a crop, it requires less petro-fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides than nearly all other crops.
Benefit #3: “Get safer, less expensive medicine.”
Let’s imagine we’re partially powering a city with a special breed of high-CO2-capture hemp with strong fiber and powerful phytocannabinoid content. We simply extract the cannabinoids before sending off all that incredible biomass for energy production. From here we can get an easily-renewable, plentiful resource for cannabinoid-based medicines.
We know what the world looks like driven by fossil fuels, petrochemicals, dirty textiles and the like. No one wants to continue making life more expensive and more toxic.
Carbon hemp farming is a solution.
Great Example - The Terraton Initiative
How would you like to help remove 1 trillion metric tons of CO2 from the atmosphere through tens of thousands of farms over a decade and use it to enrich our agricultural soils with biochar?
That’s exactly what the Terraton Initiative is setting out to accomplish.
Their stated goal: to scientifically quantify farming practices that maximize the amount of soil carbon and accumulation rates, and to tailor them by region, crop, and soil type.
“The world's 12 billion acres of farmland and pastureland offer the most immediate, scalable, and affordable opportunity to remove carbon dioxide from our atmosphere. This requires innovation, open-source experimentation, and investment. Whether you are a grower, scientist, entrepreneur, business, nonprofit, or individual...”
Under the surface the global movement for carbon farming, alongside the push for hemp, is growing. Everything from carbon ranching, to carbon home gardening.
All you have to do, on the most fundamental level, is support the solution.
“The Role of Industrial Hemp in Carbon Farming” - James Vosper BSCHons, FRGS - GoodEarth Resources
“Life cycle assessment of Hempstone for green buildings” - R. Mungkung, S Intrachooto, et al - Kasetsart University, BKK, Thailand.
“The Environmental Benefits of Industrial Hemp” - Sam Johnstone.
“Carbon Farming” - The Carbon Cycle Institute.
“Carbon storage potential in natural fiber composites” - Muhammad Pervaiz, University of Toronto.
“Business Care for Carbon Soil Sequestration & Industrial Hemp Production” - Industrial Hemp Association of Queensland Inc.