The final suggestion from Chris Goodall is also one of his broadest yet: it’s about the way in which we treat our soils and forests. Rather related to his previous chapter on Biochar, he talks about the utility of soils as a place of carbon capture. But we are capable of decreasing the carbon-holding-capacities of soils, and we’ve been doing a lot of that lately, with intensive monocultures that make use of soils without giving anything back.
To cope with climate change and the other pressures humanity as a whole faces, we need to make the most effective use of the fertile land the Earth has. To do so, Goodall suggests we improve grazing practices (more movement of the flocks and herds, though not necessarily less of them), that we practice zero-till farming approaches, and that we develop more fuel-efficient stoves, to save the forests.
If only developing and implementing all of Goodall’s 10 Technologies was as straightforward a matter as he describes. Regrettably, as he himself points out, there’s a lot of politics and economics in the way. Nonetheless, technology is moving fast and it is going to be increasingly difficult for companies, government and even individuals to justify why they’re emitting very high levels of carbon dioxide, as the ease of not doing so happily increases.
How would we like our future forests to be? (images author’s own)
Interested in more detail? Check out Chapter 10 of 10 Technologies to Save the Planet!
Chris Goodall, 2008
There’s 365 days in a year (well, kind of), there’s definitely at least 365 ways to be green (definitely). There’s easy ways, and there’s tougher ways. For some, certain approaches to being green may be easier than others. But here we go, let’s try going from being green to being greener still!