On September 21, NYC was marched upon under the umbrella of Climate Change. Everyone from hard core climate activists, to run of the mill people who simply want to make sure we don’t ruin the only planet we have, gathered by the thousands to show a force of solidarity, and maybe to wake up leaders who will also be descending on New York for the United Nations Climate Summit.
Now I’m not going to get into the politics and posturing of nations, pundits or media with regards to Climate Change. Whether or not you think Climate Change is real, man made or not, over-hyped, of the highest priority, the end of human existence…whatever…it’s always a good idea to try and make sure everything you do is as clean and healthy as possible. We make our kids clean their rooms for a reason, no? If Climate Change is bogus and we still try to be clean, then at least we’re still clean. If Climate Change is real and we try to be clean, then we’ve likely saved the human race and many other species at the same time. Either way, it behooves us to make sure we keep our room clean.
So what I want to address is how what were doing at CFS relates to Climate Change, and bullet points are a pretty easy tool for everyone to grasp the basic idea, so here goes:
– Fresh Water Conservation. 70% of the fresh water on the planet is actually used in agriculture. And when it comes to growing food, most of the water used doesn’t even go to the plants, because of things like run off, evaporation, etc. Aquaponics uses 90% less water than traditional agriculture. The water is reused, recycled, and when placed in a Greenhouse, it’s also protected from evaporation and can be recollected and driven back to the fish tanks.
– Small Footprint. Gigantic swaths of land for mono-cropping is so last century. We can do better, and between vertical farming and intelligent use of technology and know-how, we can grow a lot more food with a much smaller footprint, enabling a more local production operation. And this leads us too…
– Carbon Footprint Drop (transport). Local production and local distribution is a term CFS uses often and with reason. Globalization is nice, for knowledge, but when it comes to things like food and textiles, local production and distribution will drastically reduce the carbon footprint associated with growing/building something and shipping it halfway around the planet. 3D-Printing is coming along for textiles, so for CFS, our design is a specific size and scale for a reason, to help make local production and distribution easier and more efficient. Go too big and it becomes too cumbersome. As far as we’re concerned, it’s better to have a lot of systems peppered through a region (local service), than have one central hub fanning food out with polluting trucks or planes. Plus, with local production people can see where their food is coming from and rebuild that connection. As we say in our animated short, knowing your food is kind of a big deal.
– Clean Energy. CFS facilities are powered by clean energy, a long term positive solution to the serious concern with burning fossil fuels for power. Not only have we designed a CFS facility to be mostly passive, but for the energy it does need, we’re using solar/wind hybrid systems with long duration batteries. And when the building is generating more power than it needs, the people being served can plug in and use the leftovers, which is a big deal in rural regions where power is intermittent or non-existent. This is a problem when, for the most part, their only means of communication are cell phones, which of course need charging. Now they use diesel generators, but if they have a CFS facility, they’ll be covered.
– Cleaning Water Pollution. CFS is proud to be partnered with Lake Savers, a company with decades of experience in cleaning polluted water bodies. It just so happens that when we banged heads together, we figured out that we can use CFS facilities to clean polluted water bodies, fixing problems caused by irresponsible industry “up stream” and enabling communities to have a healthy water system in their area.
So as you can see, there are quite a few topics CFS addresses that are climate positive. We do a lot more than just grow food. We provide plants, fish, energy, water treatment options, carbon footprint reduction via reduced transport needs, less use of land but with higher productivity, and that’s not even accounting for the vermiculture composting potential, enabling chicken farming, egg production, etc. Whew.
We’re happy to see marches like what occurred this past Sunday, and look forward to when leaders actually step up and start demanding we take care of the only planet we have. This pale blue dot will only take so much abuse from mankind before, as the late George Carlin said, it shakes us off like a bad case of fleas. We’re doing our part at CFS to make sure that what we do is as clean and climate positive as possible. We hope you do too.