In our comparatively short time on this planet we have done an incomprehensible amount of damage. Our disregard for the environment has grown to reach outstanding levels in the past century, and the earth is subtly beginning to let us know we have out stayed our welcome.
Whether you believe in climate change or not, the evidence is clear that we have to do our part to give back to the place we call home. This is where Earth Day comes into play.
The Earth Day Network’s aim is to educate and initiate change on a global scale. Those in the cannabis community have much to gain from Earth Day’s goals and initiatives. From planting trees to educating others and spreading awareness, there are a number of ways you can take part.
To help you understand why Earth Day is so important to the cannabis community, we have provided an analysis of the effects that global warming and climate change is having on marijuana. We’ll also let you know how you can get involved with Earth Day and do your part.
Good news everyone!
It’s always great to start with some good news to soften the blow! According to several studies conducted in the USA, the effects of rising CO2 levels are having a significant effect on the potency of marijuana. That’s right, global warming is making weed stronger!
According to James Duke (a retired ethno-botanist for the department of US Agriculture) plants that are placed under extreme environmental conditions tend to exhibit stronger medicinal qualities. In the case of marijuana, the plant creates stronger, more potent levels of THC to fend off pests and protect itself against disease.
Now the bad news....
While cannabis will thrive in these high CO2 conditions, we humans will not. Higher potency crops may be music to the ears of some, but there is a bad side of gargantuan proportion with global warming.
Here’s our top 10 list of terrible things that will lead to our eventual extinction:
- Rising sea levels
- Collapse of the food chain
- Heat waves
- Failing crops
- Collapse of electrical infrastructure
- Frequent wildfires and hurricanes
- Economic collapse
- Toxic air
In hemp we trust.
Our one saviour preventing us from descending into a Mad-Max style post apocalypse is hemp (well duh!). Our current reliance and adoration of gasoline is what got us into this mess, but luckily hemp can provide a solution.
Hemp can be converted into bio-fuel - an environmentally friendly alternative to fossil fuels – and can cut our CO2 emissions drastically. In the USA alone, CO2 accounts for 82% of all greenhouse gas emissions from human activities, 31% of this is attributed to transport.
Hemp seed oil can be converted to bio-mass or bio-fuel which can be a much more environmentally friendly version of gasoline. When hemp fuel combusts with oxygen it leaves behind very little sulphur or ash, which is great because mother earth hates when we make a mess.
The benefits of hemp are limitless. Hemp and hemp oil have been used historically for making plastics, rope, clothing, building materials, and aeroplane and car parts.
Environmentalists support legalisation.
Many environmentalists are now jumping on the legalisation bandwagon. The cultivation of marijuana requires ridiculous amounts of water and is thus having a negative impact on the environment. This is especially relevant to countries and cities experiencing frequent droughts like California, which as it turns out, produces 60 to 70 percent of the country’s marijuana. There have also been issues surrounding guerrilla farmers (i.e. those who grow crops on public property). Many of these farmers are using harmful pesticides, stealing water and drilling their own illegal wells which are having harmful effects on local fish and marine life.
Not only does the cultivation of marijuana have a seemingly unquenchable thirst, but an insatiable appetite for energy too. The USA’s $3.5 billion cannabis industry consumes 1% of the entire country’s electricity, which as you can imagine takes a toll on the earth.
Since marijuana farming is showing no signs of slowing down, environmentalists are now pressuring government groups to exercise better control over the amount of water and energy used to cultivate the crop.
Why should stoners support Earth Day?
Although global warming may be creating super weed, the adverse effects of global warming will continue to impact on water resources. Ultimately, this will make marijuana harder to grow.
So why is Earth Day important? Earth Day is not just an excuse to attack pollution heavy corporations. It is an opportunity to advance environmental climate laws and policies and to accelerate green technologies to create jobs globally. It is a chance for the global community to unite to create a better future.
The great work that the Earth Day Network has accomplished has been nothing short of extraordinary. Since its inception, The Earth Day Network has helped to create a variety of eco-friendly amendments and legislation such as; The National Environmental Protection Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts, and the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
We’ve taken a lot from Mother Nature in our time on this earth; it’s time to give something back. Let’s be kind to our Mother Earth and give something back to her on her special day.
There are a number of ways you can contribute your “Act of Green”. It could be anything from planting a tree, taking steps to reduce your carbon footprint, stop using disposable plastic, or eating less meat.
For guidance on how to do any of these activities, visit the Earth Day website.