Here are some of the smartest proposals to stop climate change
1. Soil regeneration and restoring forests
According to the FAO, an estimated 95% of our food comes from the soil. Pretty much everything we eat.
But get this: according to the UN, we only have 60 years of topsoil left. And if you don’t already know, food production is responsible for one-quarter of the global greenhouse emissions. With regenerative farming practices, the amount of greenhouse carbon emissions will lower, and its effects reversed.
How does this work? Regenerative farming consists of three essential pieces: rotating crops, adding cover crops, and reducing tillage. This stops soil degradation, increases organic matter, and keeps carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and under the ground. When it comes to deforestation, agroforestry relies on similar practices.
2. Renewable energy
News recently came out that renewable energy is now cheaper than fossil fuels. It directly emits zero carbon emissions, and it sources limitless power.
Of course, there are downsides. One is that it only generates energy on a small scale. But one solution to this is building microgrids, which, according to MIT, are a “small-scale power system that uses a combination of energy generation and storage devices to serve local customers.” This will decentralize the energy industry, activate the local economy, and is, by far, the smartest energy solution while corporations and governments divest from fossil fuels.
3. Ocean farming
We don’t need the latest technology to suck up most of the excess CO2 in the atmosphere. Seaweed farming can do that.
Bren Smith, an ocean farmer and founder of GreenWave, is the ultimate example of how fishers can grow seaweed and shells to not only help the local economy but to alleviate a large percentage of the climate crisis and keep our oceans healthy.
Shellfish and kelp soak five times more carbon than land-based plants. It doesn’t require land, freshwater, or fertilizer, making it one of the most sustainable foods. It aids in alleviating ocean acidification and regenerating biodiversity. Who would’ve guessed that seaweed is one of the solutions to the climate crisis?
We can solve this crisis because the technology is already here. And all of these are not just capable of stopping it but of reversing it.
These three proposals are some of the biggest ones that can solve climate change.
But by far, are these the only ones we can implement. Others include transitioning into a circular economy, educating girls, stopping the production of fossil fuel-powered transport, addressing social inequalities in the climate crisis, restructuring our water consumption, and more!
Do you know of some great strategies to stay optimistic and creative in our activism? What are your favourite solutions to the climate crisis? Let us know in the comments!