As a result of deforestation, desertification and overexploitation the earth is warming up. But if we can warm up the planet, we can also cool it down.
Digg deeper and find out how we cool down the planet in six steps.
In dry areas the top layer of the soil is so hard that rainwater can no longer infiltrate into the ground.
It evaporates or causes erosion and flooding and washes away the remaining fertile soil. By opening the soil rainwater can infiltrate and is available for vegetation again.
Almost everywhere on our planet it rains, even in dry areas. Using ancient water harvesting techniques and recent innovations we bring the water subsurface again.
We work with 35 different techniques that jump start mother nature and re-green the land.
By allowing the water to infiltrate into the soil seeds will sprout and vegetation returns. To increase biodiversity and improve the livelihood of communities we complement this with planting trees, climate resilient agriculture and agroforestry.
The restored vegetation brings more moisture into the air, helps to create clouds and therefore restores the water cycle. Did you know that 40% of all rains on our planet come from vegetation?
We restore degraded landscapes in ten strategically chosen project locations that form a ‘Hydrologic Corridor’. Due to the scale and the locations these projects not only have local benefits, but also positively impact the regonial climate. Together with Wageningen University we determine the exact locations of the projects in our Hydrologic Corridor programs.
Trees and plants are the airconditioning of our planet, that’s why it’s important to restore degraded lands. It has been calculated by the UN that 2 billion hectares of degraded land is restorable. This is almost twice the size of Europe!
Our ultimate goal is to restore these areas, but we can’t do this alone. Let us all pick up the shovel and re-green the land to cool down the planet!