Kelp is Our Great Renewable Resource
By Vicki Patterson
Kelp is essentially the ocean’s equivalent of trees and grows at almost twice the rate of any land crop.
It absorbs carbon dioxide and nitrogen compounds, helping clean the atmosphere while capturing up to 20 times more carbon per acre than land forests.
Help The Kelp
Today, our kelp forests are in serious trouble. California’s kelp forests have decreased by 93%!
The number one threat to our kelp forests is rising ocean temperatures. Kelp can only survive in cold water. But because the earth has been warming–due to excessive carbon dioxide in our atmosphere–cold water habitats are getting too warm and the kelp is dying off.
There’s no other way around it: humanity needs to reduce its carbon emissions to sustainable levels.
Simple Ways To Protect Our Natural Kelp Resources
-Eat Less or No Beef- The rearing and slaughtering of cows is one of the largest sources of carbon emissions, especially in the United States. Switching to a plant based diet improves the health of your gut so you are better able to absorb the nutrients from food that support your immune system and reduce inflammation. Here's a great article to read more about switching.
-Reduce, Reuse, Recycle - Cut down on what you throw away. Follow the three "R's" to conserve natural resources and landfill space. We wrote a great BLOG about recycling.
-Conserve Water - The less water you use, the less runoff and wastewater that eventually end up in the ocean.
-Educate Yourself - Attending our Lunch & Learns is an easy way to learn something new!
-Volunteer - Volunteering helps build a strong community! Get Involved Here.
-Drive Less, Bike More
-Shop Wisely - Buy items that are not packaged in plastic, use a reusable shopping bag
-Plant a Tree - Trees provide food and oxygen. They help save energy, clean the air, and help combat climate change.
-Don’t Send Chemicals To Our Waterways - Choose non-toxic chemicals in your home/garden and office. Read our BLOG on keeping Roundup out of our soil.
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