7th idea: the need to understand local ecologies in order to heal our Planet

To transition effectively to a post-fossil fuel world, we need to begin a process of re-localization. What might this look like?

For some understanding about of what is needed, we highly recommend Molly Melhuish’s article, Heal the Planet: A new (but ancient) approach to the Climate Crisis first published on Our climate Declaration website, July 22, 2020. The following are some excerpts from this article. The artwork added here is by Frances Ashton.

Biodiversity is the key to healing the planet and restoring our living communities.

Each species, each life type, is required, starting with the fungi and bacteria, which are fostered by particular species within the macro-flora and fauna.

Each contributes to building soils, absorbing and generating rain, and providing food for the ecological communities and for humans.

Researching the science of our local ecologies is the first critical step.

“Heal the planet! By using the sun’s energy to rebuild the plant and animal systems we have destroyed.

“Near to human settlements, aim to get all our useful energy from sun, wind and biomass.

“Plant ‘trees on streets’, also in town surroundings especially hills and some river flats.

“That requires technologies to collect and burn biomass efficiently for heat, electricity, fuel gas, and biochar which sequesters carbon for thousands of years.

“Use biogas from appropriate waste products.

“It means walking and cycling for transport on mostly-car-free shady streets – health benefits!

“It means choosing the species to rebuild planet health according to the soil and climate of each location.

“Our economic system must recognise the need for local provision for human needs, and the value of local activities which provide for the entire ecology of our particular locations.”

Thank you Molly Melhuish. We hope this will help stimulate conversations on the hows of transitioning successfully to a post-fossil fuel world that all can inhabit.

For more on burning biomass see also:

MILD Combustion For Clean Energy And Healing The Planet (30 October 2020)

Molly Melhuish says “Research on MILD combustion, especially at regional scales, would support employment ranging from academics, technology and land use researchers down to unskilled labour, and all levels in between.

“Demonstrating the use of local trees to provide energy, cool the climate and sequester carbon…”

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