Fighting Climate Change and Getting Carbon Back into the Soil
To address the issue of global warming, we can see initiatives across the globe aiming to provide incentives to reduce carbon emissions in a bid to tackle climate change. Unfortunately, even with incentives to minimise carbon emissions into the atmosphere, the issue of where carbon is stored remains problematic.
The Carbon Cycle
Atmospheric levels of carbon are at the highest levels recorded. However, no more carbon atoms exist than have ever existed. Instead, carbon atoms move between three storage systems; carbon found in the ground, carbon-based life forms (flora and fauna), and carbon in the atmosphere (as carbon dioxide or methane). The movement between these natural storage systems is commonly referred to as the carbon cycle.
To significantly reduce atmospheric carbon levels and create a meaningful impact on climate change, we must look to increase the amount of carbon stored within the soil. For some, this is where the process of heating organic materials to create a carbon-rich charcoal, known as pyrolysis, is completed and manually added to the soil. But, unfortunately, merely adding processed carbon-rich charcoal to the earth does not support the natural carbon cycle or address the root issue of current soil health.
Supporting Soil Health
Healthy soil is the cornerstone of life as seen through water storage and filtration, carbon capture and storage, biological function and diversity, and productive capacity. Research suggests that the world’s soils have lost a total of 133billion tonnes of carbon since humans first started farming the land around 12,000 years ago. This figure is known as the total soil carbon debt.
The problematic health of our soil is a result of long-term damage due to the rise of Industrial Agriculture and the use of harmful chemicals. By promoting carbon sequestration, the process of capturing and storing atmospheric carbon in depleted agricultural soils, we can support climate change at scale.
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