The positive impact of hemp on global warming
24. 4. 2019
All around us today there is a growing desire to establish a new type of society – a sustainable and responsible society so that future generations can prosper like the current generation. This means tackling global warming. In order to achieve this, we must change our lifestyle, and not just our way of consumption, but also our way of production. Hemp can give us a big step in that direction.
Global warming is an increase in the average temperature on our planet and is caused by the increasing concentration of greenhouse gases in the air, primarily caused by higher carbon dioxide emissions. Carbon dioxide captures heat in the atmosphere and prevents it from being released into space. This warming causes a lot of trouble, including severe weather changes, drought, flooding, and rising sea levels due to melting glaciers, all of which cause loss of life of plants, animals, and humans.
How can hemp help?
Hemp plants are truly amazing. During photosynthesis, hemp removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and uses it as building blocks for the plant’s structure. At the end of this process, oxygen is released as a by-product back into the atmosphere. Trees have a similar effect on global warming, but hemp removes more CO2 from the atmosphere than any other agriculture or forest plant, and unlike trees, it grows fast and can be densely planted. In fact, for every 1 ton of harvested hemp, 1.6 tons of CO2 are removed from the atmosphere.
In addition to removing CO2 from the atmosphere, hemp can also remove radiation and other harmful particles. This is called phytoremediation, or using Phyto (plants) to remediate (clean-up). Hemp has been grown for over two decades around Chernobyl to clean up the radiation in the soil. Other plants can do this too, like sun flowers, but hemp does it best.
One hemp plant gives double benefit
While growing, hemp decarbonizes and remediates the atmosphere, once it’s harvested it has tens of thousands of uses. The fiber from the shiv, the stems, can be used for a number of different products. For example, it can be used for construction materials, paper, and bio-fuel, for which we currently kill trees that take a much longer time to grow. It can be used for textile and replace the need of enormous amounts of cotton, which needs pollutive agro-chemicals to grow, or polyester that is made of plastic from fossil fuels. The leaves and oils have many medicinal uses and can be used as a food source. As the saying goes, growing hemp can kill two birds with one stone.
The industrial revolution of hemp
It’s time for hemp to have an industrial revolution, so the earth can have a re-newel. Using hemp for industrial purposes, textile, paper, ropes, etc. will have zero negative effects on humans and animals, and seriously positive effects on our planet. Using hemp will take the strain off of our rain forests and fresh water supplies, and it will improve air quality and quality of life for current and future generations.
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