Bamboo can save Earth and here are the top ten reasons 🎋
It doesn’t take a smart person to understand the precarious state of our natural resources. Their rate of depletion has myriad consequences on human life. We have gotten used to the shocking reports and grim warnings regarding the dangerous effects of climate change and oceanic pollution.
Global media is screaming about the dangers of overpopulation and the concomitant effects of deforestation and global warming. These efforts of the eco-friendly organization should motivate us into doing something which can save the planet.
For how long can we go around our normal lives and pretend as if everything is fine with the planet. Doesn’t this scenario remind us of a notorious Roman emperor who played the fiddle when everything around him was burning?
Scientists all over the world are searching for safer alternatives than assure the future sustainability of the planet. One such option that has shown great promise is the phenomena of an amazing grass species. Bamboo has been on earth even before the first humans appeared in Africa.
How Bamboo helped humanity
- From serving as a food item to its use as a bridge-building material, Bamboo is serving humanity faithfully in invisible ways over the millennia.
- With the scarce natural resource getting depleted by the day and the ill-effects of the burning of fossil fuels on the environments, consumers and energy companies are rethinking their approach to bamboo.
Why the planet needs Bamboo?
- Bamboo is a survivor of the plant species on earth. Its success can be judged from the fact that more than 1500 varieties of the plant are spread across the planet. With inherent versatility in the biological parameters, bamboo has unique functionality to heal the planet.
- Even the nuclear blast of Hiroshima has left the bamboo plant unscathed. Its natural ability to prevent soil erosion by its interlocking roots is saving countless communities.
- Bamboo is a critical factor to protect the climate, save natural resources and to stop pollution. At his critical stage of ecosystem sustainability, bamboo presents us with a natural shield to protect the living species of the earth.
- Bamboo is destined to be a part of the solution and acts as a preventive measure against the polluting tendencies of humanity.
Thoughtful ways in which bamboo can protect the planet
1. Inexhaustible resource
- Bamboo and its varied species can be harvested in a span of one to five years. The low time period of harvesting of bamboo compared to the lengthy period associated with hardwoods is very significant.
- Deforestation, the despicable destabilizer of the environment, ensures that 1 million acres of precious forest land are lost every week. Bamboo can be substituted in the place of hardwoods and save the remaining forests which are home to many endangered species.
2. Absorption of greenhouse gases
- Carbon dioxide is sucked out of the atmosphere by bamboo. The amount of oxygen dissipated into the open by bamboo plants is 40 percent greater than hardwood trees.
3. Stunning growth rate
- Bamboo plants show rapid growth with some species showing a growth rate of around 3 feet (+/- 1 meter) per day.
- This accelerated growth is unheard of in any other plant species on earth. Even after harvesting, the bamboo plant will develop a new shoot out of its expansive root system.
- The new bamboo plant does not require supplemental planting and cultivation.
4. Every part of the plant is useful
- The majority of the bamboo plant can be used to manufacture a broad variety of items.
- Bamboo can be an effective nutrient for soil mulching. Furniture made of bamboo is quite amazing and resilient in structural integrity.
- Every portion of the bamboo is not without benefit and this only increases its attraction as a wonderful substitute for hardwood.
5. Adaptable and Resilient
- Bamboo can serve as an alternative choice for wood. Paper, furniture, flooring, charcoal, and manufacture of building material and many more can be fabricated from bamboo.
- The strength of the bamboo fibers is outstanding. Bamboo displays greater potency than wood fibers and has a greater degree of endurance compared to wood.
6. No Chemicals for Bamboo growth
- The bamboo plant can survive and thrive without the addition of artificial fertilizers and pesticides. This creates a stable soil profile where bamboo is planted without the depletion of critical soil nutrients.
- Sequestration of nitrogen is done by bamboo plants which help to maintain the right organic composition of the soil. Bamboo cultivation does not result in the leaching of harmful chemicals into the groundwater.
7. Adds a protective layer to the Soil
- Deforestation and stump-burning lead to the erosion of the top layer of soil. The eroded soil obstructs the flow of rivers and water streams adversely impacting the lives of people dependent on the water resources.
- The interlocking mechanism of the bamboo roots digs deep into the soil, even after harvesting and act as a gluing agent to keep the topsoil intact.
- Vital nutrients are preserved that are useful for the next crop cycle.
8. Economic prosperity
- Third world counties are riddled with unemployment and high propensity towards civil unrest. Bamboo production can provide an impetus for the development of local industries.
- Bamboo products can create new economic opportunities taking advantage of a global economy.
- Meaningful employment based on bamboo industries can lead to stable societies and economic surplus.
9. Bamboo grows in diverse conditions
Due to climate change, there is a growth in arid regions across the globe. Bamboo can display remarkable resiliency and can grow normally in drought regions.
From the low altitude wetlands to the highly elevated regions, bamboo flourishes in a broad spectrum of climatic conditions and helps in securing moisture wherever it is planted.
- Bamboo with its renewable and biodegradable properties can counteract the growing nemesis of plastic pollution. Bamboo is regarded as ‘Green Gold” due to its natural properties and its capability to replace harmful products made of plastic.
- Bamboo use should be promoted to decrease the demand for plastic products and reduce the consequential negative effects of plastic pollution.
- Bamboo fibers are long, powerful and have high durability making them an ideal choice for many household products such as kitchenware, interior decor furniture, cutlery, and toothbrushes.
- Sofia Mendez