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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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What you need to know to help save the planet

As babies, people come as blank slates, they’re born and develop with curiosity. As we grow the world continues to grow bigger every year. Babies see things for the first time and they become inspired, playful! As curiosity grows new adventures give way to new beginnings! The babies born today have a new common responsibility. They’re born to help save the planet.

Save the planet for yourself

Of course, the path of life leads us to realize that power, knowledge and success rule! The world is our Oyster! We’re taught to strive to be productive, upstanding members of society!

We’re sent to school and told to be dependable, practical, and intellectual! We learn to become more civilized, sensible, logical, and of course responsible! Still, why do we come up short in the fight to save the planet?

After high school is over it’s then time for each person to find their own success and money. Yet, somehow what we’ve learned has no vision for a sustainable future. The respectful treatment of our environment is secondary to money.

I’ve identified how these seven character traits have let us down in the fight to save the world! An article which talks about fundamental social traits causing environmental problems today!

Why Civilized people haven’t saved the planet

Humanity is more sophisticated than ever. The developed world is culturally civilized and we’ve seen great technological advances. Gone are the days of wild Neanderthals, roaming in nomadic tribes. We’re no longer searching for food and tools for survival in the same manner.

Our self-made world of central air and heating has dulled the harsh weather extremes. We have many comforts available at our fingertips! We are more civilized because knowledge was passed down from generations. However, today’s structural order and organization has created our environmental problems Even Government, Religion, and basic organizational structure fail to address environmental issues effectively.

With continued social and technological advancements we’ve also created efficient energy consumption. But, our reliance on fossil fuels has continued local and widespread environmental disasters. Being civilized is not a character trait that has helped us save the planet!

Why Logical people haven’t saved the planet

Our environmental policy has to change. Is it logical to teach children the environment is an anomaly in economics? Afterall. the heart of the current economic system depends on environmental resources.

The health of the environment depends on a sustainable economic system. It’s a relationship where one system needs the other to survive, it’s a symbiotic relationship. So, changing needless spending is a pillar for the survival of our children’s future.

This matter is so important that influential minds attend Summits. Summits designed to change social policies. Unfortunately, the Copenhagen accord and the Paris agreement have not achieved good enough results. Yet, talks are still ongoing. Solving these problems is far from over and a solution seems far away.

Moreover, leaders can’t do this by themselves. They’re struggling to agree upon a universal solution that includes every country. Leaders need people to think about what they can do to help. Supply and demand’s rise due to an increase in population. With the rise in demand so do the levels of CO2. The most brilliant minds can’t solve the environmental issues we face today alone.

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Why Dependable people won’t save the planet

There are dependable people all around us. We can count on them to be there for us! Yet, young children still need time to learn and practice this ability. Their focus is often distracted by grades, video games, sports, and friends! Our dependants need adults to be dependable and use creative ways to come up with a solution to save the planet.

However, distractions don’t go away and life remains busy. Time moves faster and our lives get a little crazier! For this reason, as parents, we don’t hold our own behavior accountable. It’s difficult to live as environmental stewards on a daily basis. We have lots of excuses that pardon us from living a sustainable life. With all these excuses the Earth cannot depend on us to save the planet.

Why Intellectual people haven’t saved the planet

As a matter of fact, Canadians have one of the best educational systems in the world. Therefore, being among the most educated in the world. Canadians should create an educational format that would develop an economic conservation system. This format would teach children early that Earth’s limited resources are not an anomaly.

The creation of programs that would include broad scope courses such as:

  • Environmental Democracy,
  • independent accountability mechanisms,
  • human rights,
  • climate finance
  • defending the defenders.

All these courses should be used as a tool to stimulate change and a new economy. Furthermore, learning about Nature and Recycling is no longer enough! It’s difficult to believe that School Trustees are doing the best they can. After all, the school system still endorses a curriculum on virgin paper!

Why being Practical won’t save the planet

At the moment, we’re more concerned with the experience rather than the weight of our actions. The smallest acts like drinking a cup of coffee have no real significance. But, these compelling facts don’t cross the minds of those enjoying a good cup of JO!

For instance, it takes one hundred and forty liters of water to grow beans in a single cup of coffee. Plus, the production of coffee beans contributes to deforestation destroying habitats. This speeds up the extinction of animals in these regions. But for the majority, this kind of ideology in practical life isn’t convenient.

Also, images on television tell a story of our nature. Many photos and videos show catastrophic results caused by our actions. It’s our responsibility to be conservative and live a more sustainable life. Governments, Individuals, and corporations all have to work together.

Why Sensibility hasn’t saved the planet

Our sensible character traits give us a unique awareness of the feelings of those around us. Yet, our range of sensibility is not global. Those that suffer in broad distances don’t have our immediate attention. For this reason, sensibility falls short of being what we need. We don’t see the urgency to make a difference in the lives of strangers in far off lands.

The majority of Canadians don’t live in extreme poverty, filthy conditions, or environmental degradation. We see it but don’t know how it feels. We watch media stories reporting deforestation, piles of trash, air pollution, and contamination. But, it’s yet to give us a reason to change our shopping habits. Canadians believe their actions at the grocery store won’t help the lives of those living in poverty. We would rather hope someone else solves the problems for us.

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How to be responsible

Each individual plays a role to create a greater social system. I pay bills on time, save a little money, and make sure my son is warm and fed. So shouldn’t I fall into the category of an upstanding responsible citizen? Not only is it not good enough anymore. It’s important to be responsible enough to make our carbon footprint smaller.

Now saving the planet is at the forefront of social media. Children are taking up the task to raise awareness around the world. They’ve told leaders to produce results, reduce carbon emissions, and stop talking and start doing.

To be responsible there has to be a system for accountability. Otherwise, we will continue buying and using single-use plastics. There is only one way to achieve greatness. We must practice one good deed a day and help reduce the global carbon footprint. In conclusion, let’s try to become responsible environmental stewards