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Written by: Kelly Steenhuisen
Drought, desertification, water contamination, dead zones, depleted soils, species extinction, malnutrition, food scarcity, bankrupt farmers – these are all symptoms of the degenerative farming system that has been in use to grow most of humanity’s food since World War II.
The current crop and animal farming methods adopted across the globe steadily removes nutrients and life from the soil whilst releasing carbon into the air and killing insects, small animals, endemic and indigenous plants, and marginalising larger animals and indigenous people in their continuous quest for more land to plow up. Agriculture, as it stands today, is the largest polluting industry in the world.
Animal agriculture is a huge problem as not only do feedlots create large dead zones, concentrating waste unnaturally, but the feed for the animals is grown off-site in monocrop fields that are sprayed with pesticides.
Regenerative Agriculture is a method of farming that increases yields whilst building top soil, restoring the water cycle, sequestering carbon dioxide and restoring biodiversity. Regenerative farmers use methods learnt from observing nature and indigenous practices to optimise their farms’ outputs and minimise environmental impact, simultaneously. These methods include: rotational and intensive grazing, diverse cover cropping, restoring natural grasslands for grazing, rotational and diverse crop planting, no-till and constantly adding organic matter to the soil.
The main focus of regenerative agriculture is soil health, including that of soil microorganisms, which provides a solid foundation for the abundant system to build itself upon. The use of closed loop systems means that regenerative farms produce zero waste, and the natural carbon sequestration that occurs makes it one of the best methods we have to fight climate change and global warming. It is possible to increase soil organic matter by 0,5% - 1% annually by using regenerative agriculture. An increase of 0,4% in soil organic matter of all agricultural soils across the world would sequester enough carbon to negate all current carbon dioxide emissions.
Rotational Grazing systems mimic natural herd-grazing to grow abundant fodder for animals. This negates any need for feed lots and mono-crop feed growing, as well as cultivated and sprayed pastures. This means that absolutely no synthetic nitrogen input is required for regenerative livestock farming, a huge win for soil and water health! Water, the most important resource for life on Earth, is contaminated at an alarming rate by nitrate run-off from farms and waste run-off and dumping from feedlots. Regenerating soils causes rainwater to be absorbed better and held for longer, naturally filtering it through the soil and returning clean water to the greater water system. Less surface run-off also means less topsoil loss and the recharging of aquifers.
According to Natural Resources Canada, transportation makes up 23% of the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions. If each of each student/employee in training spends 30 minutes and one litre of petrol on commuting every day, they release approximately 11.5kgs of greenhouse gasses per week. By shifting to online education, you skip the daily commute to learn from home, reducing your personal carbon footprint, save on petrol money and save the Earth from an additional 2.3kgs of emissions per day.
eLearning spares non-renewable resources
Another environmentally costly reality is that cars require oil, a non-renewable fossil fuel that is formed in the Earth over millions of years and is made up of decayed plants and animals. Oil can’t be readily replaced by natural means at a quick enough pace to keep up with the global consumption of it, so cutting down plays a large role in resource conservation.
eLearning ditches the paper trail
According to the Rainforest Alliance, deforestation causes roughly 10% of global emissions. To make matters worse, the same trees we are felling are crucial allies for combatting the accumulation of greenhouse gasses because they capture carbon dioxide and convert it into oxygen. By migrating online, old-school training booklets and written notes become a thing of the past. Digital copies of learning materials, including personalised learning platforms from New Leaf Technologies or educational apps such as MemoTrainerTM, replace the paper waste and reduce the demand for chopping down trees.
In addition to all the good you’d be doing the environment by taking your corporate training online, there’s something in it for your company, too. eLearning can save you hordes of time if you hire professionals to get the job done, which is not nearly as costly as you might think. New Leaf Technologies has a free Training Cost Calculator that gives you an indication of how much you can save by taking your corporate training online.
Shifting to eLearning is a wise move from a marketing perspective because consumers generally tend to choose an environmentally friendly option over an ecologically inconsiderate alternative. A reduced carbon footprint makes for a polished corporate image.
‘Going green’ is not just another trend, it’s a responsibility that comes with advantages, and it may be as simple as switching to eLearning. With or without a global pandemic, eLearning is an excellent educational option that comes with quite compelling positive impacts. Something that saves time, money, materials, and the planet from CO2 emissions is a win/win by our standards.
By Emma Nylah