These Are The Top 5 Ways We Can Stop The Climate Crisis.
Global temperature rises, warming oceans, shrinking ice sheets, extreme weather events and food security threats. The list of climate emergencies that we face seem to have no end. But where there’s a problem, a solution is always sure to follow. From carbon sequestering kelp forests to electric cars, these are the top 5 ways that humans are seeking to deal with the climate crisis.
1. Take Carbon Out Of The Food System
The food system is a vital part of our society. However, there are large parts of that system which produce an astronomical amount of carbon in the process.
Take for example animal agriculture and the production of meat. It’s a painstaking system that requires 2,400 gallons of water, extensive land use, food and years of our time just to produce one pound of meat.
However, that’s just the tip of the iceberg, considering livestock and their byproducts account for at least 32,000 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year, or 51% of all worldwide greenhouse gas emissions.
Taking carbon out of the system is a matter of removing or at least reducing the use of animals in our food system.
To put it simply, plant based diets are a good start. Why? The production of plant based foods is a carbon negative process.
As plants suck CO2 out of the atmosphere they expel oxygen in its place. That’s biology 101.
2. Shifting To Renewable Food Systems
We’ve discussed the role animal agriculture and our dietary choices plays in the food system, but what about the role we play as the food producers?
How can we, as the ones who design the food systems, create more sustainable models that reduce waste?
That’s the question concepts like urban agriculture, permaculture and sustainable plant/fish production are trying to answer.
These are also known as a circular economy model. They are systems that don’t follow the typical cycle of grow, use, dispose. Instead they favour as much re-use and recycling as possible. The longer materials and resources are in use, the more value is extracted from them.
3. Grow Some Seaweed
Bet you weren’t expecting to see this on the list.
Seaweed farming and other forms of aquaculture can form a pretty good defence against a wide variety of threats from removing CO2 in the atmosphere to fighting ocean acidification.
To put the effectiveness of seaweed in perspective, farming seaweed in just 3.8 percent of the federal waters off the California coast could completely neutralize emissions from the state’s $50 billion agriculture industry, according to the paper published in the journal Current Biology.
Beyond seaweeds ability to remove CO2 and acidification, it can also provide valuable marine shelter for wildlife, it can be used for biofuel and even be used a CO2 dampening feed for livestock.
Or we could just eat it as those crispy seaweed snacks. We love those.
4. Food And National Security
Covid-19 has proved a very stressful year for our food system. It’s also highlighted how dependant we are on large corporate chains to provide for us.
The future of national food security may call for a more decentralised, home grown approach to providing for those in our community.
If everyone were to begin focusing on self sustaining urban agriculture we could get pretty good at growing our own food.
This has societal benefits such as being more resilient during times when food may not be easily accessible (such as during Covid-19).
It could also have environmental benefits such as a drastically reducing the amount of waste and CO2 generated from the traditional big chain food systems.
5. Good Ol’ Social Media
Change is the collective actions of many people as they come together for a greater cause.
In the times before social media and the internet, distributing any sort of information was only restricted to a few outlet such as news broadcasting, newspapers or door to door.
However, we don’t live in the 1800’s anymore. We live in 2020, a time where anyone’s voice can be heard and if you choose to see it for the blessing that it is, quite a lot of good can be done in the world.
For example, spreading awareness from trusted sources about sustainable practices may seem normal in today’s eyes but it plays a key role in giving people vital knowledge.
So do the planet a favour and share this article with your friends and family. The world is depending on you!