Updated: Mar 5
Solutions to climate change can be as simple as rethinking how society uses unproductive landscapes. Roots Down is building a movement that will transform random, barren, and boring patches of grass and cement into regenerative and bountiful landscapes filled with vegetation. We know that doing it the “right way,” with simple upgrades, will bring us closer to the ultimate goal of saving this planet from irreversible climate change. Regenerative and ecologically sound landscapes emit less CO2 and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The health of our planet can start to be restored! Also, it helps that these solutions encourage less spending! *wink wink* So, what are some other ways Productive Urban Landscapes (PULs) can address climate change?
Building better lawns
The average landowner believes grassy lawns are good for the environment. They mistakenly believe that it is easier to maintain and grow grass compared to the foliage they may desire. Although grass does remove CO2 from the air, growing and maintaining the grass produces copious amounts of CO2. Lawns are a carbon source, a scientific term to describe a system that generates more carbon than it stores. Mowing, watering, and fertilizing produce net positive amounts of CO2. The alternative solution is to add perennials which are carbon sinks that store carbon rather than expel it. Perennials will heal the planet from excess carbon emitted into the atmosphere.
Building better by reducing transport
Building more useful landscapes can prevent useless transportation as well. Producing food closer to its final destination eliminates miles of driving and additional CO2 production. Transportation is the largest contributor to global warming in the US and similar countries. The United States imports nearly half of its fruit. Think about all the greenhouse gas emissions produced from transporting products to markets and a consumer driving to and from the market to receive the products. The best solution is to efficiently use the landscapes we have available near us and grow foods that can eliminate useless driving, CO2 emissions, and the waste of non-renewable resources.