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Desertification and How To Solve It

Deserts… Hot air that wipes the condensation clean off any surface. It’s a zone that will whip the butt of anyone underprepared to beat the heat! Not much can survive in this kind of climate and if there is life its there because it has adapted over thousands of years. People don’t belong in this kind of weather, we like water! However, these regions, although they naturally contract and expand they’re growing in size. Deserts often expand independently from human activity. But the increase in CO2 is making the Earth warmer contributing to the desertification process.

Children learn in Grade six science about extreme temperatures. Cold frigid air is found at the Earth’s poles and the intense heat is found near the equator. Science also explains the Poles, mainly the Arctic is now warming. Cold winds are scattered from the Arctic by a semi-permanent low-pressure system known as the polar vortex. The warming Arctic is a sign we’re losing the balance between hot and cold on Earth. Warmer temperatures will make life more difficult for people. If this happens eventually desertification will be a larger worldwide issue.

History of desertification

Desertification already covers over one-third of land on Earth. To compound the problem the Earth’s population is rising to levels never seen before! Desertification has historically destroyed large Empires such as the Roman and the Grecian Empire. People starved for food and water and large populations dispersed or died away. Evidence shows the majority of soil degradation happens in densely populated areas. Inappropriate land use such as deforestation, grazing livestock, agriculture, and mining are the biggest reasons.

Factors that contribute to a warm Earth

In one lifetime, we’ve seen a sixty percent loss in species and the loss of half the world’s topsoil. It’s something that has happened relatively quietly and quickly. Our appetite for delicious coffee, tasty food, and cotton t-shirts makes us numb to what we figure we can’t control. Some of the greatest ingredients we can’t live without like Coffee beans, Palm oil, and Cotton are grown in warm arid climates. The farmers lack the education to keep the soil beneath their feet fertile. Instead, what’s happening, once the soil dries, they move through the rainforests cutting down the trees. They’re after the rich soils which give them ideal growing conditions.

The Amazon has suffered but, no country is immune. From Canada, Iceland to South America every county in between. We all do it. Canadians don’t have the political turmoil, and our level of poverty is moderate in comparison to warmer arid climates. We have resources that are still untapped and our climate can still get pretty cold.  However, every human need is the same and we’re all takers. We aren’t born with the ability to conserve in the conservatory and we’re taking more than we give back. But, what happens when there is no more to take from a warm Earth?

“Idealism is like a castle in the air if it’s not based on a solid foundation of social and political realism.”

Claude Mckay.

Where do we go from here?

If we want to achieve success, then we need to provide those that don’t have the proper background and skill with education. If we don’t know how to give it then we should spend the money to get it and give it! In the poorest societies in the hottest regions, the struggle is real! They don’t have the money or education to renew their landscape. These high-density areas have hardly any natural resources. This is how poverty and destruction are perpetuated in a warm Earth.

Ecologists are speaking out. They’re addressing the ever-growing problem of desertification. John D. Liu born in Nashville, Tennessee is a world-renowned cameraman and ecologist. He is actively creating a solution. In 2017 he founded the Ecosystem Restoration Camps. A worldwide movement linked to restoring large scale tracks of degraded land. He believes that the harmful effects from humans have not only caused Greenhouse gases, but also ruined biomass, organic matter, and diversity.

A Working Solution

The Ecologists from the Common Land project estimate the world loses over four trillion US dollars a year!! All this money is lost because of overexploitation and building the wrong type of Infrastructure around the world. The firm is responsible for coordinating partnerships between the Investors, Companies, Entrepreneurs, and farmers or land users. There are four zones that this particular partnership addresses, Social Capital, Financial Capital, Natural Capital, and Inspiration for the Future.

The Return of Natural Capital

First of all, they’re creating the opportunity which allows the local ecosystem a chance to recuperate from thousands of years of abuse. This abuse is caused by the agricultural sector, which relied heavily on the Earth to produce pastures for livestock to graze. It’s the constant pounding of hooves on the ground and the nipping of new growth from hungry mouths. It is difficult to ask two million people to stop the cycle since it is their livelihood and the only thing they have ever known!

Secondly, Common Land establishes a business case between the farmers and their support network to promote a new way of life for the farmers. They promote sustainable farming practices involving planting trees and crops, beneficial to the biodiversity of the area. Consequently, this new way ends livestock herding and gives the men and woman a new way of making a living through sustainable means.

The Return of Social Capital

No one knows the importance of security more than the American people. The American political administration understands they must continue to produce economic vitality, growth, and prosperity at home. The administration feels there will be dire consequences if they continue to trade away its prosperity for financial security. In the end, they will end up losing both! With economic stability so comes national security.

Furthermore, the Common Land’s goal is to restore social security by promoting order. Part of the plan is to educate people, bring back jobs, business activities and secure each region.

The Return of Financial Capital

Common Land’s works with the most brilliant minds, passionate hearts, and skillful hands. They offer commercial, public, private and grant sources at different stages of their projects. They develop a business plan that injects the capital needed to fulfill the goal to create a safe, fertile, and profitable environment for the local population. An investment that will start seeing returns in twenty years.

The Return of Inspiration

In conclusion, this organization is bringing back a sense of hope to people that could barely support themselves. People are working hard to stabilize areas of the planet that need help the most. It not only restores hope but also a sense of fulfillment. Local people in arid regions have a renewed role as environmental stewards in a warm Earth. What a wonderful opportunity for anyone involved in the process! I wish only good things for this organization and the people surrounding the operation.

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