Did you know that abandoned farmland is a major contributor to carbon emissions? What’s worse, the carbon emitted from this type of land can’t be absorbed by trees or other plants. That means it doesn’t just stay in one place-it spreads throughout the environment, harming air quality and contributing to climate change. Here’s how we can help reduce our carbon footprint through abandoned farmland restoration.
Firstly, sources suggest identifying what type of land you have available to you. Abandoned farmland are typically unused and overgrown fields with large patches where the plants are dying or dead, but not always infertile. If you have this type of land available, it is an excellent place to start restoring agricultural production.
If your abandoned farmland can be used for agriculture purposes following its previous decline, then there are a few things that need consideration: For example, envisioning the future use and potentials; what would work best? Where could crops grow well with plenty water or irrigation from natural bodies like rivers? This is only applicable in certain climates, as opposed to crops getting lost under grasses where they cannot survive without being watered all year round.
What types plants should we plant on these lands so restoration has maximum impact while minimizing input costs? The more detail involved at conception stages will make implementation processes less costly later down line even though time may not allow detailed research up front.
Farm land restoration is not a quick fix solution, but it’s one that has been shown to produce results.
The UK abandoned farmland population grew by 20% from 1951-1961 and continued the trend through 2011 with an increase of 56%. We also rank as the 12th in global water consumption per capita (even though only 13 million people live there) which means its carbon footprint will continue climbing unless something changes quickly; restorations must happen if we are going to have any chance at reducing our impact on climate change; This can be done either via government support or through simply planting crops for ourselves without the motive of profit, like some farmers do now.
Scotland currently leads England when looking strictly into agricultural emissions – 30% less than what would’ve happened had agriculture continued at the same pace and maintained a steady rate since 2004. Following this, Scotland has become vastly more progressive on climate change since these times and agricultural emissions are now 30% lower than 2004 levels.
Over the next five years, Scotland plans to stop all emissions from agriculture.
Despite this progress being made on a national level in England and elsewhere around Europe, there is still much more that needs done before we can say our carbon footprint will be at or below 1990 levels (known as the Kyoto Protocols).
To achieve this would require not only abandoning farming methods, but also adopting new ones such as organic farms; farming that relies on synthetic fertilizers/pesticides would be eliminated to be replaced by natural alternatives which are less damaging both environmentally as well economically when looking into their long-term effects. Governments must adopt these changes quickly if they want any chance of reaching climate targets laid out by 2020 ambitions set forth under Paris Agreement in 2016.
It’s imperative now because agricultural land use accounts upwards of 12% of global greenhouse gas emissions in the UK. A report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) found that if livestock production have been reduced to meet climate targets, upwards of 35% more land could be restored for agricultural use, and there is a large variety of benefits from this; not only would it would take pressure off forests which helps with biodiversity, but also protects against flooding in developing countries such as India where a 30% loss has been shown as a result of deforestation; allowing new abandoned farmland restoration projects throughout Africa or South America while maintaining current food output levels seems a reasonable task when looking at these figures alone.
In short, to prevent further environmental damage we must act now; Abandoned farmlands can provide us an opportunity for change, so let’s make good on this offer before its too late.
Abandoned farmland is one of the most overlooked but highest potential contributors in global restoration efforts. These areas are often left fallow after decades, if not centuries worth of continuous farming and deforestation for other purposes such as ranching or mining have occurred on them.
The world has seen upwards to two million square kilometers abandoned due primarily from climate change, yet still more than a billion acres remain available worldwide, with higher chances that they = may be suitable habitats for these types of projects when viewed through satellite imagery software programs like Google Earth’s Green Viewifier.
We can take this opportunity right now that Mother Nature offers us by restoring these properties instead continuing further environmental degradation while we continue waiting around idly without any effort put into making an impactful difference.
Why should you care? Well, it turns out there are huge economic benefits in investing more than $100 billion annually on abandoned farmland restoration, such as carbon sequestration (assuming trees could grow), increased biodiversity protection for pollinators like bees whose population declines may cause dramatic impacts globally if they’re allowed unchecked and erosion control preventing downstream flooding. There’s even been research showing how restored farmlands can sequester up over 60% their original CO emissions with help from well-established carbon sequestration methods like cover crops, perennial grasses and forest buffers.
What can you do? Well, there are many ways to start decreasing your carbon footprint through abandoned farmland restoration – whether it be starting a backyard garden with native plants, or joining a land trust in and around your area. If we all work together now then there will not only still exist opportunities later when more space becomes available but our children may have bountiful fruit trees that were once again born from what was left behind by former generations such as ours who knew how important taking care is after one generation abandons their responsibility without looking back because they don’t want anything getting into theirs paths