Plants are awesome – they make oxygen
Photosynthesis is pretty incredible when you think about it. Using the power of sunshine, plants absorb CO2 (carbon dioxide) from the air, then combine it with water to create the carbohydrates – glucose – that they use to grow, emitting an exhaust gas in the process. Thankfully, that exhaust gas is oxygen. Because of plants, we exist. All our food is powered by plants and photosynthesis, and the oxygen that we need to survive is generated by plants. Oxygen rules, and your body is 65% oxygen!
Plant for life!
There is a growing awareness that plants hold the key to solving the climate crisis. Why risk tampering with the atmosphere (will we ever learn?) or waiting for some new technology to be invented, when plants and trees are already working hard to pull the planet back from the brink. Trees are a great strategy, so let’s plant billions of them, everywhere possible. They take a few years to get going, though, and time is of the essence. That’s where hemp comes in. One acre of hemp absorbs 10 tons of CO2 from the atmosphere, pumping out the same amount of oxygen. Hemp grows real fast, with two crops a year easily achievable in hot climates. Our plan is to enable the planting of hemp all over the world, funded by the sale of sustainable and hemp products from our online marketplace.
The hemp plant multiplier effect
So hemp absorbs carbon dioxide and pumps out oxygen, but this story gets even better. As hemp has so many industrial uses, it can also displace the oil and oil-based plastics that are causing so much damage. Hemp fuel – biodiesel and ethanol – can power vehicles instead of petrol, and hemp concrete – hempcrete – can displace cement as a building material. Cement production is a major source of CO2 emissions. And hemp plastic is, well, plastic that is completely biodegradable: it’s made from a plant, not from poisonous Saudi or Russian oil.
Readathriller.com will work with you and partners all over the world, harnessing the power of hemp to save the planet, and here are three things you can easily do to help plants stop climate change:
1 – Remember Johnny Appleseed? When you eat an apple, try to bury the core in soil somewhere. When you eat cherries, stick the cherry stones into the ground, or start them off in a pot until established.
2 – In the autumn, gather seeds from any trees that you can, including chestnuts and acorns. Plant them in nature or stick them in pots until you can take them somewhere that will give them the opportunity to grow into the giant CO2-absorbing machines that they are destined to become.
3 – Share these tips on social and when in conversation. Encourage everybody to start actively planting trees. Put pressure on your government to embark on large-scale tree planting.
Wisdom from China
An old Chinese proverb says:
The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second best time is today.
Plants stop climate change by making more oxygen. Here’s how we’re doing it…
Start your journey of plant discovery on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plant
Header image – Leaf – By Jon Sullivan – PdPhoto, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18858
Hemp leaves – Lode Van de Velde [Public domain]
- How to help the bees - 12th April 2021
- What does carbon zero mean for my future? - 23rd March 2021
- Win Hempoffset merch (and Irish candy) on St Patrick’s Day - 3rd March 2021