Why is Justdiggit regreening?
Global warming, overexploitation of farmlands, cutting down trees and overgrazing of grassy areas cause the soil to dry out. This drought leads to desertification and degradation of the land, making it hard to obtain food, crops, fresh water and natural resources, such as firewood, from the land. Especially in vulnerable areas, such as Sub-Saharan Africa, the consequences of the drought are felt on a daily basis. However, there is a solution: regreening! Studies show that nature-based solutions can contribute up to 37% of the carbon emission intake required to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius (source: Natural Climate Solutions; movie: Nature based solutions are 37% of the solution to climate change). Vegetation cause the sequestration of carbon, decreasing the amount carbon in the atmosphere and subsequently reducing the greenhouse effect, ultimately leading to the mitigation of global warming. Vegetation also causes cooling of the soil, decreasing the evaporation of water from the soil leading to increased water availability for plants, animals and humans. In addition, greening stimulates the water cycle, causing increased rainfall and the retention of water in the soil. Eventually, regreening can make the land available again for agriculture, natural sources and water supplies.