Bamboo, an effective solution against deforestation!
- 16 Feb, 2020
The plague of the 21st century!
Destruction of animal habitats, CO2 emissions, worsening natural disasters, dwindling water resources ... Deforestation is one of the main factors of climate change ... Of course, many attempts and reforestation operations exist but are insufficient compared to current consumption. In addition, very often, reforestation is carried out with species that are not adapted to the environment and/or which does not promote biodiversity, in particular, because of monoculture.
Why is bamboo part of the solutions?
First, because bamboo is not a tree but a plant to very rapid growth. For example, an oak tree takes 70 years to reach adult size while a bamboo tree only needs 6 short years. It is also a plant considered to be invasive and regenerates on its own and with enormous potential (more than 9 million hectares available). Man does not need to intervene in replanting which considerably limits the emission of CO2. It is possible to cut 1/3 of the plantations each year, this is simply equivalent to the natural reforestation of bamboo.
Then, because it is a plant that is really useful to the planet. If we compare its absorption capacity with that of trees, it is able to recycle on average 30% more CO2.
Finally, its exploitation does not destroy biodiversity. And yes, when we talk about bamboo we often think of the disappearance of pandas because it is their natural habitat but there are many varieties of bamboo and those used in the realization of object and construction are not the same as those who are wanted by these adorable little furballs 🐼!
Unfortunately, there is no quick fix, but favoring the use of bamboo objects will certainly greatly reduce all the problems associated with deforestation.