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How Can You Reduce Carbon Emissions When Doing Rural Landscaping

Landscaping or land development is an intricate process. Many important factors come to play like design, planning for resource allocation, assess soil conditions and weather, and so much more.
 
However, another thing that should be addressed when embarking on a landscaping project is its environmental impact. Specifically, you need to look into how your landscape project would contribute or help reduce carbon emissions.

Why Is There a Need to Mitigate Carbon Emissions

Carbon emissions are gases that contributes to the greenhouse effect and climate change. We all know that climate change is a serious global issues that affects every aspect of human existence including landscaping. 

Climate change is becoming a major issue in the landscaping industry. There are landscaping processes do contribute to carbon emissions. And landscape projects are affected by extreme weather due to climate change. But what makes landscaping unique is its capability to mitigate its effects and even reduce carbon emissions through careful planning.

The impact of carbon emission is seen mainly in urban areas. But lately the debilitating effects has spilled over to rural areas. In response, more and more farmers and property owners are looking into rural landscaping. Because rural landscaping, done right, can help combat the effects of climate change. It can also help ensure continued productivity for years to come.

As a result, carbon emission reduction is now seen as an integral part in rural landscape project planning.  It's not done simply as a response to the global environmental crisis. Planning for carbon emission reduction is part of creating sustainable, resilient, and functional design. 

How Can Rural Landscaping Mitigate Carbon Emissions

Property owners can no longer ignore the effects of climate change. Even though it's a global problem, there are steps that you can take to help your property adapt and thrive in this changing environment. Our survival depends on acting now by making sure the land can continue to sustain us despite climate change. 
Any land developer serious about carbon emission reduction has plenty of options:

• Planting of native or indigenous plants. Native plants are resilient to a variety of weather conditions and most of them have commercial value in agriculture. It all comes down to choosing the right type of plants in your property. We at Rural Design have thousands of valuable native plants in our nursery to choose from. We also have a nursery botanist available to help you select the right native plants for your landscaping project.

• Forest or wetland restoration. If you have wetlands or areas in your property that still has some forest cover, consider restoring them. The government provides incentives to property owners with restoration projects. Incentives like the Emissions Trading Scheme for restored forests and rates relief for wetland restoration.

• Consider permaculture. Permaculture is sustainable, efficient, and has minimal impact on the environment. With the good planning, permaculture farms can be just as productive or even more productive than most commercial farming practices. 

• Proper waste reduction and use. Agricultural waste and waste processing contributes to carbon emissions. For farms to be more efficient, self-sufficient and sustainable, there has to be waste reduction, efficient recycling, and proper waste utilization. Good landscape design can help minimize waste and provide options for waste reuse.

Long Term Benefits of Addressing Carbon Emissions

There are many long term benefits to be had in addressing the problem of carbon emissions. 
• Healthier environment. Carbon emission reduction in your landscape design makes it easier to adopt green practices. This improves biodiversity and creates a cleaner, more productive rural environment.

• Encourages environmental accountability. Making carbon emissions reduction an important component in your landscape plans encourages environmental awareness. This promotes more environment friendly practices and activities within the community.

• Creates a sustainable and resilient farm. Climate change will affect agriculture. How bad the effect would be depends on whether the farm is ready to adapt to these changes. Making the necessary changes now prepares your property for the futures and ensures its viability for years to come.

Our planet is changing whether we like it or not. Keeping things the way they are is no longer possible. But with intelligent and thoughtful rural design, you can help your property adopt to these changes. It’s not just about function and design anymore, it’s the key to our survival.

Carbon Emissions and Climate Change: How Does This Affect You?

Carbon emissions are the release of carbon and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Releasing carbon into the atmosphere is a natural phenomenon. But since the start of the industrial revolution we’ve been pumping in more carbon into the air than what our atmosphere can handle. Compounding the problem are the other greenhouse gases that destroy the ozone layer and traps heat within the atmosphere. This has resulted in extreme weather changes which would make some places in the planet uninhabitable in the future.

Carbon emissions aren’t just the result of industry. A major contributor of carbon emissions is the human activity in rural and residential areas. With increased human activity comes increased carbon emissions. This has reached the point that we now consider carbon emissions and climate change a global crisis.

Impact of Carbon Emissions on Residential Areas
Most residential areas are built on places with moderate or mild weather, making them ideal for human habitat. But now we’re seeing extreme weather phenomenon like typhoons, drought and hale affecting these areas. What used to be a safe haven now experience natural disasters, resulting to  damage to life and property.

Changes in weather also results in vegetation pattern changes. Vegetation is a factor on how water is distributed on land in the form of watersheds, lakes, etc,. But changes in plant distribution and the destruction of forests have resulted in water shortages and drought.  

Climate change affects human health as well. The unpredictable weather is a factor in the rising number of illness like asthma, allergies and heat stroke.

Impact of Carbon Emissions on Rural Areas

Rural areas and the agricultural sectors are also affected by carbon emissions and climate change.

The change in climate and extreme weather phenomena have affected planting and harvesting patterns. This has resulted to damaged or destroyed agricultural products and structures. And the loss often amounts to millions of dollars per year. Irrigation is no longer reliable in some parts of the country, affecting food production.

Drastic temperature changes also affected livestock health and quality. More and more animals are dying from disease or heat, resulting in added cost and waste for farmers.

What Can The Agricultural and Residential Industry Do?

As contributors to climate change, it’s our responsibility to find means to curb carbon emissions and mitigate the effects. The government has already instituted policies to this effect but there’s still more that needs to be done and not enough time.

But if we all work together, there are steps we can take to help curb carbon emissions without affecting productivity or quality of life. Some of the viable solutions that can be implemented are:

• Improve energy and water conservation. This can be achieved by using more energy and water efficient tools, machines and practices.
• Advocating and using renewable energy solutions like solar or wind power.
• Reducing dependence on machines, tools and processes that use fossil fuels. Replace them with green technologies.
• Encourage the use of green landscaping and native plant revegetation to reduce carbon emissions
• Spread awareness on the effects of carbon emissions on the environment, human life and industry.
• Support moves or groups that bring about environmental accountability.

We can no longer ignore the effects of climate change on our lives or our role in allowing this to happen. It’s clear that it’s our responsibility to do everything we can to at least manage the effects and contribute to the solution. It entails some sacrifice but it’s not a heavy burden. By working together to curb carbon emissions, we can save the world and maybe even create a better one for generations to come.