Living from the forest, possible and necessary to curb climate change

Living off the land is both viable and required in order to combat climate change.

Experts believe that using forests in a sustainable way would be the best approach to increase their worth and assure their conservation while also providing money and employment, and that doing so would help to mitigate climate change.

The huge usage of fossil resources since the industrial revolution has allowed unparalleled economic development while also causing historic environmental devastation.

“We’ll be in trouble as long as we seek an economy that minimizes environmental damage. We must ensure that both energy and products created from fossil resources are derived through sustainable ‘bio’ resource management “he stated

Wood is being used to replace oil.

He emphasized that technology now allows for the substitution of wood derivatives for petroleum derivatives such as plastics, textile fibers, chemicals, wheels, construction materials, electrical components, and cosmetics.

According to Palah, valuing forest systems will prevent deforestation because many forests are lost owing to the short-term planting of more profitable crops. He also stressed that ending uncontrolled consumerism is critical to ensuring the planet’s long-term viability.

The goal is to keep forests functioning as carbon sinks. They will be conserved if their sustainable use is promoted, and if they are conserved, “we will reduce the risk of them being lost” due to fires or pests, according to Manuel Lainez, director of the consultancy firm Lainez Biotrends and former director of the National Institute for Agricultural and Agri-Food Research (INIA).

According to Lainez, if we make profitable the use of resources such as trunks, undergrowth, branches, or diseased trees, we will ensure the upkeep of forests while also producing jobs and money in sparsely populated areas.

Only 30% of the resources are exploited, which is half of what Europe uses.

According to Javier Diaz, head of the Spanish Association of Biomass Energy Recovery (Avebion), “we must activate the use of forests to keep them in excellent shape and recover the surplus biomass to use them.”

Currently, Spanish woods produce 55 million cubic meters of wood and biomass per year, of which only around 17 million (30%) are used, compared to a European average of 60 to 70%.

“We can double and triple utilization without jeopardizing forest sustainability,” says Daz, who points out that 90 percent of pellet mills in Spain are located in towns with less than a thousand residents.

“Many people believe that tree cutters are horrible people, yet it is vital to cut trees not only for the economics, but also for the health of the forests,” he explained.

The economy’s foundation is timber.

According to José Carballo, president of the Business Union of Wood and Furniture of Spain (Unemadera), the wood value chain provides 150,000 jobs, and he has warned of the need to repair and grow forests because wood will be one of the economy’s pillars and is becoming scarce.

What the concept proposes is that we replace the carbon stored by forests that was buried billions of years ago by glaciations (coal, oil, or gas) with carbon that has been newly sequestered.

“Every forest requires management to preserve its long-term viability. To ensure its long-term viability, we must ensure that we do not chop more than we plant “He said this after noting that, at the moment, the vast majority of furniture is created with technological wood derived from waste and recycling, an area in which the Spanish industry is a leader.

The resin from which turpentine and rosin are extracted, components that can be used to make many items that are currently created with oil and whose extraction employs roughly a thousand people in Spain, is another use of the forest.

 

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