HOW TO SAVE A BILLION TREES PER YEAR?
OUR MISSION FOR 2021
Carpathian National Nature Park
Ukraine - Carpathian mountains
ONE COUNTRY - GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT
Around 70% of Ukraine’s land area of 603,000 square kilometres is devoted to agriculture, with more than 55% of land used for arable production. And it is not just any old arable land, but some of the finest in the world.
Nearly 60% of its arable land is the much-prized ‘black soil’ or Chernozem, that contains a high percentage of humus or broken-down plant-material (up to 15% in some cases) and essential plant nutrients such as phosphoric acid, phosphorous and ammonia.
5 billion trees are cut down p.a.*
Many trees at the equator reach maturity in as little as ten to twenty years. In contrast, trees in northern latitudes usually grow a lot more slowly, often less than a meter or two per year. In addition, for a tree to reach maturity in the boreal forests of Canada or parts of Europe, it usually takes 80-120 years.
How to avoid deforestation?
Let us take into account how much damage is caused to the environment from the single most significant factor of global warming, deforestation:
When vast acres of forests are cut down, the soil remains exposed in the hot sun. Long exposure of soil in direct sunlight results in its drying up and losing its nutrients to become less fertile. Even if plants are planted right after a forest has been cleared up, it will take a long time and even slower pace for the trees to grow, given the detrimental disturbances on the soil. After clearing out a forest, another significant damage caused is due to the exposure of soil to the rains, which causes the most fertile topsoil to wash away in direct exposure to rain.
Enormous amounts of CO2 are released into the atmosphere when trees are cut down. Not only does carbon absorption ceases, if the wood of the trees is burned or even if they are left for rotting after an area has been cleared out, but the carbon stored in the trees is also released into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide emissions.
Renewable at hyper speeds
The production of Hemp is carbon negative, which means it absorbs more carbon from the atmosphere during its growth than is emitted by the equipment used to harvest, process and transport it
1 hectare of Industrial Hemp absorbs ~2 metric tons of C02 in only 3-4 months of growing.
Industrial hemp grows to the height of 120 - 200 cm in 100 days
While trees required up to two years to achieve the same height
Hemp as driver of circular economy
What do hemp and hemp-based materials have to do with a circular economy? The short answer is: everything. After all, hemp is both restorative and regenerative. In a circular economy, hemp is an ideal industrial crop and materials feedstock — packaging or otherwise.
The lifecycle of all products is ultimately the same in a circular economy: sourcing, manufacturing, distribution, use, and recovery.
extraction of biomass
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