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That said, by now, I think we all know that climate change is happening. Whether you believe it's a man-made phenomenon, a natural cycle of the earth or some combination thereof, climate change is something that affects us all.
So I find it very interesting to read about the science and new discoveries regarding climate change. There are so many super smart and dedicated people hard at work trying to figure out how to make changes or develop technologies to halt, and even reverse, climate change.
One of those companies, operating on the premise that CO2 is the ultimate cause of climate change, is currently crowdfunding a new technology they believe can reverse climate change. This concept was inspired by our very own Mother Nature.
I found it to be quite an interesting concept as I live in a national forest that feels like it's slowly dying. If we lose our forests, it could be detrimental for our planet.
Did you know that forests play an important role in the carbon cycle? Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is necessary for plants and trees to grow.
Our forests absorb carbon dioxide during photosynthesis, storing carbon above and below the ground, and producing oxygen as a by-product of photosynthesis (US Department of Agriculture Forest Service). We breathe that oxygen.
However, right now, our forests are nearly CO2 neutral. What this means is that they bind and release almost similar amounts of carbon during their life span. They aren't storing it in the soil like they should – they are releasing it instead.
I hadn't read that particular explanation before so I found it pretty interesting. The OBRIST C-Transformer will help revitalize our forests and reduce CO2 in the atmosphere long-term.
The concept is pretty simple. Before a tree dies and releases its carbon (which has been stored in its wood during its life) back into the atmosphere, the OBRIST C-Transformer will turn the tree trunk into biochar. It will then be introduced into the forest's ground.
In this manner, the carbon improves soil fertility and the release of carbon back into our atmosphere is prevented. It sounds pretty similar to how we talk about the need for forest fires to rejuvenate the soil.
I like that they aren't only focused on returning the CO2 from dead trees to the soil. They want to fully revitalize the forests, too.
They plan to plant new trees and seedlings after removing the old, dying trees. This can lead to greater biodiversity and create healthy, self-sustaining and thriving eco-systems. The ultimate end goal is to transform areas of monoculture into lively permaculture.
Whether climate change is man-made, a natural cycle or some combination thereof, I really connect with the goal of the OBRIST C-Transformer team. Revitalizing our forests in this manner makes so much sense after all of the devastation man brings to them.
You can learn more about the OBRIST C-Transformer on the Indiegogo campaign page. If it resonates with you, consider donating!