3 Wild Ways Scientists are Combating Climate Change for Earth Day 2021

This Thursday, 22nd April, we celebrate Earth Day 2021!

What is Earth Day 2021 all about?

This Earth Day marks 51 years since the beginning of the modern environmental movement that took place on 22nd April 1970. On that day, all those years ago, the mainstream world became aware of the state of our planet.

Since then, people have been coming together on the same day each year to make an impact, and drive change. The theme for Earth Day 2021 is Restore Our Earth. One topic that will be covered by events around the world how innovative thinking can help restore the world’s ecosystems.

Wild Ways Scientists are Combating Climate Change on Earth Day 2021

Curious, I’ve been scouring the internet for innovative and wild ways scientists are combating climate change. So, I thought I’d share my favourites with you for Earth Day 2021!

Cows munching on Seaweed

It’s pretty well known now that agriculture, and specifically cows have a big impact on climate change. In summary, they excrete a lot of methane gas which traps heat from the suns rays when it reflects off the Earths surface.

A study published last month found that supplementing cow feed with Crimson Marine Grass (Asparagopsis taxiformis), reduced their methane output by 80%! That’s a crazily high number and really innovative way of combating climate change.

Methane is only one way that agriculture contributes to the climate crisis, water consumption being another huge factor. However, it’s a step in the right direction if we can source enough of this particular type of seaweed.

Trapping CO2 in Concrete Jungles

Concreate is responsible for 8% of all global carbon emissions worldwide. To build using concrete you need cement, which is made by heating limestone. However, this releases the same amount of carbon dioxide as cement made.

Using carbon capture, scientists have found a way of storing the released Co2 in the concrete itself! The company is called Carbon Cure and they inject recycled carbon dioxide into the concrete when it’s being mixed. They’re effectively using carbon to trap carbon!

This means future concrete jungles could be much greener than previous ones. Especially those built on brownfield sites to prevent habitat loss, but that’s another issue all together.

Injecting salt crystals into Clouds

Every cloud has a silver lining. In this case, scientists are contemplating the idea of injecting salt into clouds. Thus, increasing their brightness and therefore reflectivity, meaning less heat from the sun reaches the ground below.

These concepts of fiddling with natural phenomena make me so uneasy. Finding new ways to counteract the problem is a bit like taking paracetamol. It doesn’t fix the problem just reduces the symptoms.

I’m not a scientist but surely there’s no way you could predict the outcome of spraying salt into the sky. I’m not even sure how you would test it! But I am interested in finding out during Earth Day 2021.

What can you do for earth day 2021

By making small changes to your everyday routine, you too can help combat climate change. Make sure to check out the Earth Day Website to find out more about Earth Day 2021. 

You don’t need scientists or technology to make these changes, just by changing your diet or buying clothes that are made sustainably makes a difference. All Pigments by Liv goodies are sustainably made for a green lifestyle. 

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