Creating a carbon storage sink using indigenous plants
Climate change is becoming an ever more pressing issue. As the world continues to burn fossil fuels and release harmful gases into the atmosphere we are slowly reaching a dangerous point of no return. Spekboom is a succulent plant that absorbs and stores carbon from the atmosphere and can be used to help mitigate emissions.
Climate change is becoming an ever more pressing issue. As the world continues to burn fossil fuels and release harmful gases into the atmosphere we are slowly reaching a dangerous point of no return.
Spekboom is a succulent plant that absorbs and stores carbon from the atmosphere and can be used to help mitigate emissions.
Fortunately, environmental awareness is ripe and many people and organisations are actively working towards counteracting these threats. One such way to combat these emissions is through carbon sinks.
It has been identified that areas of succulent flora can hold carbon efficiently.
In the Eastern Cape, the Spekboom plant grows naturally on the landscapes. Spekboom has massive carbon-storing capabilities. Its capacity to offset harmful carbon emissions is comparable to that of moist, subtropical forests.
This remarkable plant is unique in that it stores solar energy to photosynthesize at night. This makes Spekboom bushes 10 times more effective per hectare at carbon fixing than any tropical rain forest. Each hectare of Spekboom could capture 4.2 tons of carbon yearly.
Through propagation and intense replanting efforts, Samara Game Reserve is establishing areas where the plant can thrive.
Samara has an excess of 10 000 hectares identified for initial rehabilitation, so we have much planting to do!
By making a contribution of R300,00 per cutting, you can assist the development of our project by funding transport costs, as well as the potting soil and other materials required.
We hope to see the project expand and develop to the point where we can further assist the local community by creating more jobs as well as a healthier atmosphere for us all.
For the full project brief visit: http://samara.co.za/spekboom.php
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Name: Bradley Dennis
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone: 049 891 0880
Organisation: Samara Private Game Reserve
Province of Organisation: The Eastern Cape