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Greening the Desert

If we can warm up the earth, we can also cool it down.

This is one of my absolute favourite things I heard about at convention this year. I have long been a fan of restoring creation in any way we can - it's where the name "Restoration Oils" came from, and I was partly inspired by some Geoff Lawton videos I watched about 'greening the desert' back in 2007.

I watched Geoff tour a food forest, a green oasis in the middle of a desert, and gabions being set up in Africa, and I knew I wanted to be a part of improving creation wherever I could. It's why I took up gardening, so I could experiment with permaculture.

Imagine my excitement when I found out that dōTERRA were partnering with Justdiggit. Not only partnering with them, but had given them €75,000 to help them get started.

If you don't know about Justdiggit, they're an organisation that inspires and activates farmers in desert regions to help counteract climate change, by building 'bunds'.

You can donate a little less than €4 and a farmer will start to build a bund for you in the middle of the dessert. The beauty of this is that it can be done with virtually no tools, even just a stick works, and once the bund it built the farmer takes a photo, sends it to Justdiggit and get's paid!

These bunds are vital, because areas of desert do often receive rainfall, but it's not captured and held in the land, which leads to dangerous flash flooding, but also poor dry soil that nothing can grow in. They hold the water and allow it to soak into the ground. As pioneer seeds are blown across the land, they're captured by the bund walls, and given access to water in the ground, they take root and stabilise the surrounding soil. This then slows the water further and organic matter to die back into the soil, adding nutrients and increasing fertility for more plants. Greening the desert in this way can help to capture carbon and slow down climate change.

You can read some of the incredible work they have already done, regreening 885 hectares of desert and building 78,400 bunds already with the Masaai people in Kenya here.

 

So you can 'green' up your household by making your own green cleaning products and cosmetics, you can support sustainable farming through co-impact sourcing by buying your products through dōTERRA, and you can invest in actively reversing climate change by donating as little as €4 to Justdiggit to take part in regreening the desert.

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