On April 20th, 2014
"Cannabis vs. Climate Change"
will be introduced from 4pm to 8pm at the
John Van Duzer Theater, located on the Humboldt
State University campus
in Arcata, California.
Cannabis agriculture is critical to mankind's continued existence on this planet. The sooner we realize how vital hemp is to rebalancing Earth's atmosphere, the better will be our chances for healing our environment and ourselves.
"Cannabis vs. Climate Change": Ultimately good news of something we can do.
Though it’s rise has been measured by land-based monitoring equipment, and the levels of UV-B radiation penetrating Earth's atmosphere from the Sun are acknowledged to have increased, elevated UV-B reaching the surface of the planet are vastly under-regarded by too few scientists and farmers. "Global Broiling" describes intensifying UV-B radiation, diligently monitored, though roundly ignored by entrenched international leadership.
Monoterpenes: Molecule for the 21st Century
In April 2006 a major global revelation was quietly reported in The Guardian newspaper. Climate scientists studying fragrant, aerosol “monoterpenes” produced by the boreal forests, revealed that biogenic, stratospheric aerosols have historically served to refract sunlight. Phytoplankton at the base of the food chain in Earth's oceans and estuaries, also exude monoterpenes.
Monoterpenes shield our planet from deadly UV-B wavelengths of light in two ways. Suspended in the stratosphere like liquid crystals in the sky, they refract UV-B away from the surface of the Earth. Monoterpenes also serve to nucleate bright and persistent clouds, further protecting the planet from the Sun.
Falling from the sky in monoterpene-enhanced showers, it seems logical to reason that the antibiotic, anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-oxidizing and anti-carcinogenic properties of monoterpenes also serve the systemic health of the planet and the creatures upon it, by purifying the water.
It is alarming to consider that half of the boreal forests and phytoplankton had already died before scientific awareness of the protection afforded by them was discovered. Combining the effects from ozone depletion and reduced monoterpene levels, It is not surprising to learn that the intensity and incidence of extreme solar UV-B radiation has increased.
Of enormous consequence, increased UV-B is increasing the solubility of aqueous mercury, arsenic, and selenium compounds. "Enhanced" UV-B also causes genetic mutation; suppressed immune response; indicator species extinction; exacerbates warming, disables the organisms that sequester carbon produce oxygen and terpenes; influence extreme weather; hotter forest fires; reduce soil moisture; impose epidemic malnutrition; and reduce harvests in the majority of the world's food crops.
Hemp is uniquely capable of expanding the arable base with a non-invasive pioneer crop, as it repairs the atmosphere, the air, water and soil. Soil conditioning and phytoremediation properties of hemp make it an indispensable tool of organic agriculture.
The volume of aerosol monoterpenes needed to repair our solar shield is enormous. Cannabis is the only crop capable of producing the volume of terpenes needed in the time we may have left to make a difference. Cannabis is also the only crop capable of producing complete nutrition and sustainable biofuels from the same harvest.
Stratospheric aerosol monoterpenes and isoprenes can be reasoned to play a key role in purification of the hydrologic cycle. Biogenic, non-toxic pest control and anti-oxidant properties make Cannabis essential oils immeasurably valuable to the detoxification of our environment.