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We Destroy Nature! Still, It Wants To Protect Us

by: Sharai Hoekema
we destroy nature  still  it wants to protect us | Newsletter

If we hear a story about someone who recently got dumped by a partner who has since resorted to nothing but hurling false accusations their way, yet that someone is still fiercely protecting and condoning their ex’s behavior, we usually feel pity or total disdain. After all, how could you continue to make excuses for someone else’s evil intentions towards you?

We Destroy Nature! Still, It Wants To Protect Us

It sounds logical. We would not have survived for as long as we did if we kept on protecting those who harmed us. Evolution dictates that those who refuse to take crap from others, excuse my French, are most likely to survive.

Then how, precisely, can we reason away the fact that we are dead set on destroying the very world that sustains us - and she continues to protect us? Truthfully, we can’t. That is why we should be grateful that she does and figure out how she does it, if only for our egotistical benefit - to make sure that this protection does not stop.

forest, trees, trunk
Photo by Roya Ann Miller

We even created a term for this strategy of using nature as a defense mechanism. Ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA), which has the slightly dubious tagline of making sure that we look after nature to make sure that she looks after us. In a less official sense, it is more like doing our best to restore and protect nature so that she can help us combat climate change-related issues. Let’s look at some of the ways.

Recommended: Nature Damaged Nature Hits Back: CCC

Drought

While we are pretty resilient when it comes to the majority of natural disasters, drought is one for which we historically got the short end of the stick. Drought has the power of draining life from areas and was responsible for the invention of such things as pipelines, damns, and human-made reservoirs.

animals, shadow, drought
Photo by: Josh Withers. Kerry QLD 4285, Australia.

However, nature has even better ways of keeping land rich and full of nutrients in times of drought. Natural wetlands like streams and lakes could act as sponges, drawing water in the ground. The groundwater supplies would grow during periods of rainfall so that there would be a reservoir in times of drought. Healthy forests do the same, absorbing water through the tree roots. Planting more trees and extending natural wetlands would, therefore, be our best bet if we want Mother Nature to lend us a hand in times of drought.



                                                            How nature can protect us from pandemics

 

Recommended: Climate Change And Viruses: Do Threats Converge?

Wildfire

The dramatic wildfire season of last year is still fresh in our minds. California, the Amazon, Australia - large areas of the land went up in flames as we stood by helplessly. Our best efforts were limited to the removal of stretches of forests, to create the so-called ‘fuel break.’ Hardly inspiring.

fire, trees, car, road, smoke
Photo by Marcus Kauffman. 
Big Fall Creek Road, Lowell, United States.

Nature could lend a much-needed hand, though. Some trees, including the Mediterranean cypress trees, are uniquely equipped to withstand fire. They retain lots of water in their leaves, even in the face of excruciating heat. As the leaves fall, they create a wetland of sorts at the base of the trunk - making it impossible for fire to continue. Planting those trees as a natural barrier against fires would keep things from escalating quickly.

Recommended: Climate Change: China Floods The Arctic On Fire

Heatwaves

Speaking of extreme heat! Traditionally, people have escaped cities in the summer to find some cooling relief in the countryside or near the sea. Cities are typically warmer. Concrete and asphalt retain heat while cooling winds often can’t blow freely around high buildings. As we switch on the AC to control this heat, we are making the problem worse - air-conditioning is a major emitter of CO2, heating the planet as we try to cool it down.

people, fountain, water
Photo by Pascal Bernardon. 1 Avenue Gustave V de Suède, 75016 Paris, France. Heatwave

There is a much easier way, though. Tree cover provides plenty of shade. Besides, trees cool surrounding air as they release water through their leaves. The more trees there are in our cities, the more resistant against heatwaves they will ultimately be.

Recommended: Heat Waves: How Can You Cool Down Effectively. Tips & Tricks

Coastal Flooding

The rising sea level has put a large number of coastal communities at risk. While we created dykes and dams to keep the sea out of our neighborhoods, we might turn to Mother Nature for more support. Coastal ecosystems are great at keeping the water at bay. Mangroves and coral reefs could assist by breaking the waves before they hit the shore. This reduces the potential for extreme floods. So just giving back those stretches of land alongside the shoreline to nature might do more good than filling it with all kinds of human-made Hail Mary’s.

areal, 2 people, fruit, lorry, water
Photo by Milind Ruparel. 

Recommended: Climate Change: Cause Of The Next Global Economic Collapse

Landslides & Erosion

As weather patterns become more extreme, the upper layers of land are suffering equally. This means that landslides and erosion will become commonplace, as the soil gets loose. This problem can be combatted with Mother Nature’s help. The so-called ‘binding capacity’ of the earth can be increased, while soil erosion can be prevented by finding new ways of running off excess water. Both can be achieved by planting more vegetation, as it serves as both an anchor for the soil and something that absorbs surface water.

Desertification & Sandstorms

As the climate gets drier, desertification becomes an urgent threat. Especially with our tendency to cut down trees in vulnerable areas, we make it too easy for the desert to expand greedily. And as desert grows, we lose space to live and work: no more water, no more crops, just plain desert. Thankfully, we can prevent this by planting ‘green barriers,’ stretches of well-maintained greenery, trees and shrubs. These will halt the growth of the desert while creating a more pleasant environment for those living in or around it.

road, sand
Johannes Schwaerzler. Road after a sandstorm.

Recommended: Climate Change: Hurricane Season With Big And Wet Storms

Let’s Get Planting

The attentive reader might have caught onto a critical way in which we can care for nature so that it can take care of us. Planting trees, shrubs, greens - basically re-creating ecosystems by planting what we can, where we can. It will prevent droughts, flooding, wildfires, landslides, and desertification - while it will help us in dealing with a warmer climate, giving us ways of staying cool without turning on the AC. So let’s get planting today to save the world tomorrow.

Cover photo by NOAA

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We Destroy Nature! Still, It Wants To Protect Us

If we hear a story about someone who recently got dumped by a partner who has since resorted to nothing but hurling false accusations their way, yet that someone is still fiercely protecting and condoning their ex’s behavior, we usually feel pity or total disdain. After all, how could you continue to make excuses for someone else’s evil intentions towards you? We Destroy Nature! Still, It Wants To Protect Us It sounds logical. We would not have survived for as long as we did if we kept on protecting those who harmed us. Evolution dictates that those who refuse to take crap from others, excuse my French, are most likely to survive. Then how, precisely, can we reason away the fact that we are dead set on destroying the very world that sustains us - and she continues to protect us? Truthfully, we can’t. That is why we should be grateful that she does and figure out how she does it, if only for our egotistical benefit - to make sure that this protection does not stop. Photo by Roya Ann Miller We even created a term for this strategy of using nature as a defense mechanism. Ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA), which has the slightly dubious tagline of making sure that we look after nature to make sure that she looks after us. In a less official sense, it is more like doing our best to restore and protect nature so that she can help us combat climate change-related issues. Let’s look at some of the ways. Recommended:  Nature Damaged Nature Hits Back: CCC Drought While we are pretty resilient when it comes to the majority of natural disasters, drought is one for which we historically got the short end of the stick. Drought has the power of draining life from areas and was responsible for the invention of such things as pipelines, damns, and human-made reservoirs. Photo by: Josh Withers.  Kerry QLD 4285, Australia. However, nature has even better ways of keeping land rich and full of nutrients in times of drought. Natural wetlands like streams and lakes could act as sponges, drawing water in the ground. The groundwater supplies would grow during periods of rainfall so that there would be a reservoir in times of drought. Healthy forests do the same, absorbing water through the tree roots. Planting more trees and extending natural wetlands would, therefore, be our best bet if we want Mother Nature to lend us a hand in times of drought. {youtube}                                                              How nature can protect us from pandemics   Recommended:  Climate Change And Viruses: Do Threats Converge? Wildfire The dramatic wildfire season of last year is still fresh in our minds. California, the Amazon, Australia - large areas of the land went up in flames as we stood by helplessly. Our best efforts were limited to the removal of stretches of forests, to create the so-called ‘fuel break.’ Hardly inspiring. Photo by Marcus Kauffman.  Big Fall Creek Road, Lowell, United States. Nature could lend a much-needed hand, though. Some trees, including the Mediterranean cypress trees, are uniquely equipped to withstand fire. They retain lots of water in their leaves, even in the face of excruciating heat. As the leaves fall, they create a wetland of sorts at the base of the trunk - making it impossible for fire to continue. Planting those trees as a natural barrier against fires would keep things from escalating quickly. Recommended:  Climate Change: China Floods The Arctic On Fire Heatwaves Speaking of extreme heat! Traditionally, people have escaped cities in the summer to find some cooling relief in the countryside or near the sea. Cities are typically warmer. Concrete and asphalt retain heat while cooling winds often can’t blow freely around high buildings. As we switch on the AC to control this heat, we are making the problem worse - air-conditioning is a major emitter of CO2, heating the planet as we try to cool it down. Photo by Pascal Bernardon.  1 Avenue Gustave V de Suède, 75016 Paris, France. Heatwave There is a much easier way, though. Tree cover provides plenty of shade. Besides, trees cool surrounding air as they release water through their leaves. The more trees there are in our cities, the more resistant against heatwaves they will ultimately be. Recommended:  Heat Waves: How Can You Cool Down Effectively. Tips & Tricks Coastal Flooding The rising sea level has put a large number of coastal communities at risk. While we created dykes and dams to keep the sea out of our neighborhoods, we might turn to Mother Nature for more support. Coastal ecosystems are great at keeping the water at bay. Mangroves and coral reefs could assist by breaking the waves before they hit the shore. This reduces the potential for extreme floods. So just giving back those stretches of land alongside the shoreline to nature might do more good than filling it with all kinds of human-made Hail Mary’s. Photo by Milind Ruparel.  Recommended:  Climate Change: Cause Of The Next Global Economic Collapse Landslides & Erosion As weather patterns become more extreme, the upper layers of land are suffering equally. This means that landslides and erosion will become commonplace, as the soil gets loose. This problem can be combatted with Mother Nature’s help. The so-called ‘binding capacity’ of the earth can be increased, while soil erosion can be prevented by finding new ways of running off excess water. Both can be achieved by planting more vegetation, as it serves as both an anchor for the soil and something that absorbs surface water. Desertification & Sandstorms As the climate gets drier, desertification becomes an urgent threat. Especially with our tendency to cut down trees in vulnerable areas, we make it too easy for the desert to expand greedily. And as desert grows, we lose space to live and work: no more water, no more crops, just plain desert. Thankfully, we can prevent this by planting ‘green barriers,’ stretches of well-maintained greenery, trees and shrubs. These will halt the growth of the desert while creating a more pleasant environment for those living in or around it. Johannes Schwaerzler. Road after a sandstorm. Recommended:  Climate Change: Hurricane Season With Big And Wet Storms Let’s Get Planting The attentive reader might have caught onto a critical way in which we can care for nature so that it can take care of us. Planting trees, shrubs, greens - basically re-creating ecosystems by planting what we can, where we can. It will prevent droughts, flooding, wildfires, landslides, and desertification - while it will help us in dealing with a warmer climate, giving us ways of staying cool without turning on the AC. So let’s get planting today to save the world tomorrow. Cover photo by NOAA Before you go! Recommended:  Bushfires Australia Generate Their Weather Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own experience with how nature can help us? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage.'
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