Carbon Sequestration? Plant The Future and Compost It
Today I was reading through a science blog site and I saw a story about US plans to create a carbon sequestration plant in the states of LA and TX. I can see the logic of this as oil production and refinement are especially pernicious producers of CO2 and CO. But have they ever heard of Carbon Sequestration, Compost, and Urban Farming?
NHCOPS That “C” is Carbon and that “O” is Oxygen
Every year that I plant a garden or lay out a new bed, I am participating in carbon sequestration. Also, Compost is the ULTIMATE form of Carbon Sequestration! It locks so much carbon up into the soil.
Every summer I produce between 2000 – 6000 Liters (630 – 1100 Gallons) of compost here at Mezzacello. That is a lot of carbon. But I am one person. Imagine what our world would be like if MORE people were able to compost at this scale.
NHCOPS Yes, The “S” is Sulphur
Sulphur is smelly and necessary to all life on this planet.I am sorry if smelly is inconvenient. Spend more time in NYC in August.
But that Sulphur is important. It binds things and causes reactions that this planet desperately needs! It creates natural calcite, limestone and sandstone.
Yes, it takes a millenia. But we didn’t just fall into this problem with the climate. We deliberately chose to ignore mother nature’s warnings about what would happen if WE DI NOT clean up our room!
If every community had at least one bioreactor and 10 families were able to fill it in one week, the amount of carbon and oxygen a city the size of Columbus, OH could produce would be STAGGERING. And what’s more is that the carbon would NOT be locked up or sequestered, but freed and able to bind with OTHER atoms and especially Nitrogen to make life.
Plant The Future Earth
This pathway to sequester Carbon, Oxygen, Nitrogen, and Sulphur is nature’s pathway. This is a farm, this is a forest, this is a prairie. It’s OUR fault we prefer concrete and asphalt to dirt.
We had GOOD reasons for going with Non-Permeable solids to build on. But eventually, convenience has a cost. In the case of Carbon Sequestration, that cost is $1.2B. I can build a robotic composter anywhere for $1200.
Do the math. Nature doesn’t NEED replaced. She needs help.
We can help her. Plant a garden, and then compost that garden. You will be shocked at how easy it is.
Weigh the compost you create initially and then subtract 2/3 of the weight. That last 1/3 is probably half Carbon and a raft of other ESSENTIAL elements and minerals. This is the sequestration we NEED more of right now.
This is a part of the City of Columbus Parks and Recreation Summer Grant Grant #1521-2023