RESTORE THE BIOSPHERE TO FIX THE WEATHER AND SECURE LIVELIHOOD
The biosphere is an important weather and climate regulating system
The biosphere is the basis for human society and economy
The biosphere is reduced to half its original size in the last 10,000 years
EACH YEAR MILLIONS HECTARES OF LAND IS DEGRADED ON OUR PLANET & BIODIVERSITY IS IN DECLINE
With an ever-increasing human population extracting value from the planet, the world faces severely degrading ecosystems. Estimates indicate that up to 25% of all land worldwide is currently highly degraded (FAO, 2011). Over the last two decades, approximately 20% of the Earth’s vegetated surface shows persistent declining trends in productivity, mainly as a result of land and water use (UNCCD, 2017). Species are becoming extinct 100 to 1,000 times faster than they would without human impacts and numbers expected to grow in the upcoming years (Ceballos et al., 2015).
FUNCTIONAL BIOSPHERE TRANSFORMS SOLAR ENERGY INTO PLANT BIOMASS AND EVAPORATION, INDUCING CLOUD FORMATION AND PRECIPITATION AS PART OF THE WATER CYCLE
Several studies are documenting the impact of evapotranspiration and temperature on the hydrological cycle (Millán, 2014 & Makarieva et al., 2010). Large scale regreening will significantly increase evapotranspiration and the air temperatures will be lower, allowing condensation, thus cloud formation and eventually precipitation as the moist air is moving inland and gaining altitude. Meanwhile, the regreened area helps sequester enormous amounts of greenhouse gases. Ecological restoration of ecosystems is therefore crucial to mitigate global warming and climate change.
FUNCTIONAL ECOSYSTEMS INCREASE SOCIAL VALUE AND SECURITY
Many jobs can be created on healthy functioning ecosystems. Food can be produced in abundance of rich soils and clean waters. Once desertification is turned around and re-greening takes place, people can sustain a healthy life on the lands they live on. Once they can start trading the products provided by the earth, social unrest as well as large scale migration of people who are fleeing from deeply impoverished situation will be halted.