Making "Green" Profitable
The whole planet would like to "go green" but green technology is widely perceived as being far more expensive than standard technology. GSR plans to demonstrate that building green makes sustained profits a reality!
A major concomitant result of GSR’s village economy development projects is to completely reverse global climate change through the sequestration of extremely large amounts of carbon out of the atmosphere into the soil (10 billion+ tons per year). This is accomplished not by means of cutting edge expensive technology, but through organic bio-remediation.
No one has ever attempted such a huge, global level bio-remediation project before. At this unprecedented level of sequestration, it is possible to reverse the dangerous effects of climate change and stabilize the global ecology. GSR combines highly effective bio-remediation technologies with economic networking methods
that enable widespread proliferation of these technologies in a financially viable way. This will not only restore the natural balance of the Earth’s eco-system, but this widespread application of GSR’s bio-remediation techniques will also improve soil quality for hundreds of millions of acres - transforming deserts and unproductive wasteland into fertile farmland
Restorative agriculture is highly labor intensive. Sequestering billions of tons of carbon through restorative agriculture is certainly possible, but it will require the active cooperation of millions of small farmers. An ideal best place to begin this process of bio-remediation on a big scale in Africa. Millions of unemployed people in African rural communities have the motivation, energy and skill to engage in restorative agriculture on tens of millions of acres of land right now. Small farmers in Africa are eager to partner with GSR and make use of this restorative agriculture system because it quickly increases their income as much as 400%. But these communities need our help to get the process going!. GSR’s proven, working model of rural community development and highly cost effective training program are the key, the lever, needed to unleash this human potential. It is efficient, cost-effective, powerful, fair and self-replicating. To be blunt, there is no bigger or better “bang for the buck.”
How It Works
There is no proven technology solution to sequester carbon efficiently and effectively on the scale and in the time required. And there is no such technology on the horizon. However, it can be accomplished by putting the biosphere back to work—biologically driven CO2 sequestration Many leading environmentalists and sustainable system developers have already realized that agricultural bio-remediation is the best most cost effective carbon sequestration option available. However, up to this point, no one figured out how to deploy this natural system for super large scale carbon sequestration. In order to reduce carbon levels in the atmosphere from their current high levels will require the sequestration of at least 10 gigatons of carbon dioxide annually. A major driver of climate change is land degradation, or desertification, and the leading driver of desertification has been, and still is, agriculture. However, it is not practical to curtail agricultural production - especially at a time when millions of people face starvation! So, the great challenge is to feed the planet’s hungry people and at the same time, reverse climate change. The GSR plan is a practical solution to this great challenge.
Agriculture is the key. We must reverse the flow of carbon back into the soil, where it contributes to soil fertility and water retention. Modern agriculture is destructive of the land, the biosphere and our communities. But sustainable agriculture is restorative and regenerative—ecologically, socially and economically. GSR knows how to do this. We are in the process of rapidly leveraging this knowledge into action on a global scale.
The amount of CO2 that could be sequestered by GSR in the next 10 years is staggering. There are approximately 5 billion hectares of grasslands and farmland with depleted soil worldwide, about 80% of which is owned by small farmers. GSR has developed a highly effective system to rapidly proliferate its cost effective restorative agriculture system with millions of small farmers by establishing close partnerships with networks of rural communities. We train them how to use low cost highly effective restorative eco-agricultural methods that increase their profits while restoring the land and we help our partners build cooperative marketing networks that shield individual farmers from financial risk. These close partnerships with rural communities in Africa empower them to create massive employment and build rapid improvement in per capita income. GSR’s development model focuses on helping small farmers to connect to local and regional markets, and training our local partners how to effectively use our highly cost-effective organic permaculture methods that drastically reverses soil erosion, deforestation and pest infestation.