How grass can save the planet!
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How grass can save the planet!.

Over 5000+ years ago, tree houses made of Bamboo  were discovered in China.  The origins of this plant are not  specifically known, however, its properties, seem ,well, out of this  world.  Its not a tree, it’s a an evergreen perennial grass and has a  higher compression strength than wood, brick, concrete and a tensile  strength that rivals steel.  Imagine, grass that can be used for  furniture and building materials that could last longer and be stronger  than the currently standard and widely used lumbers of trees.  But what  if that was just the beginning.  What if the grass was also  edible?  What if it could be used to make textiles, like clothing, bed  linens, towels, etc?  What if it grew up to 3 feet per day?  And what if it could clean the dangerous levels of carbon dioxide from the air? The  world is in crisis today with the over production of greenhouse  gases affecting climate change .  There are thousands of companies polluting the air with  dangerous carbon dioxide so much so that in 1992 an international  environment treaty was created called the United Nations Framework  Convention on Climate Control (UNFCCC).  It essentially was the  framework on how international treaties (“protocols” or “Agreements”)  could be negotiated to stabilize greenhouse gas emissions.  It was just a  framework and had no enforcement capabilities.  Later in 1997, the  Kyoto Protocol was established and had legally binding obligations for  member countries/signatories, to keep global warming limited to less  than two degrees Celsius relative to the pre-industrial  levels.  Although amended in 2012 in the Doha Amendment, by 2015 it was  still not entered into force.  In 2015, the Paris Agreement was  adopted.  It reduced the limit to 1.5 degrees Celsius and targeted 2020  and beyond and included Nationally Determined Contributions.  Part of  the problem is that even though there are legally binding obligations,  there still is no real enforcement, and no real requirements to ensure  that companies comply.  Worse, its just not companies that pollute the  air, its every one of us.  So how do we implement, improve, and address  this devastating issue? Bamboo.  With  over 1600 species, its diversity in usability, and its growth rate,  combined with a lack of need to use pesticides or fertilizers, make it  one of, if not the best, solution to global climate  change.  How?  That’s exactly what Green Resources Consulting, LLC by  the Bamboo Consortium is focused on implementing.  There are hundreds of  organizations, groups, and individuals, attempting to make a  difference.  All of them individually, ARE contributing, however,  united, we will make a difference.  Our plan includes organizing  companies, individuals, and strategies into a globally effective and  implementable solution.  The first steps are here at home in the United  States.  We are growing Bamboo, and building the infrastructure to  process it, but not just any infrastructure.  We are taking lessons  learned from building a green property, and expanding those ideas to  foster a green industrial bamboo processing ecosystem.  From fields of  Bamboo, to harvesting, to transporting, to processing, and regrowth for  sustainable ecosystem that will continue for 100+ years.  With multiple  processing plants for different industries, ie.  Textiles, building materials, furniture, food, and fuel, and so many other things the list is amazing and truly an “all-in-won-der”. How  does it work?  Bamboo, at maturity, can grow up to 3 feet per day and can grow as tall as 115 feet.  That means you can cultivate approx. 90 feet of a bamboo shoot from a single plant every month.  The current  average yield for bamboo is about 24 tons per acre, in comparison, the average yield for most trees is about 8 ton per acre, and cotton about  .8 ton per acre.  Also, the water needed for bamboo is about half that  needed for trees, and a small percentage of what is needed for  cotton.  So, Bamboo grows faster than trees, is stronger than wood, and  uses less water.  With all that said, it also produces upto 35% more oxygen than trees. A  better alternative.  The United States was only introduced to Bamboo around 1882, and not for all the great qualities it has but as a windbreak for tobacco farmers in Alabama.  Unfortunately, no one knew all the great properties of Bamboo, even though people like E.A. McIlhenny certainly had the notions back in the early 1900’s.  But  bamboo was particularly susceptible to cold weather, so although it grew  in the south, it was difficult if not impossible to grow in the northern and central areas of the United States.  Founder of Green Resources Consulting by Bamboo Consortium Iveth Jalinsky, has worked with numerous scientists and determined a process to get baby bamboo to maturity and more hearty for farther reaches into the  United States.  The United States produced about 5.237 billion metric tons of carbon emissions in 2018.   That suggests, in the United States alone, that we would need approximately 220 million acres (~343k square  miles) of mature bamboo to offset the annual carbon emissions we produce. In  summary, by creating a bamboo rich economic ecosystem, we can reduce our carbon footprint, create/transition thousands of new jobs, provide  an alternative fuel, create food and clothing, and by working together  in collaboration with other countries around the world we can save our planet.