Student voice: Saving (Y)our World by Morrigan R

Looking to the future 4: Biochar

Welcome back to looking to the future! Today we will be talking about biochar, or charcoal soil, and how it will help us in the future. I hope you’re all biocharged up and ready to read this week’s instalment of saving (Y)our World.

 

Welcome back to looking to the future! Today we will be talking about biochar, or charcoal soil, and how it will help us in the future. It may sound like a strange idea; however, it has many benefits that we will explore during this instalment. I hope you’re all biocharged up and ready to read this week’s instalment of saving (Y)our World.

Biochar is charcoal that can be mixed into soil. Biochar ads fertility to the soil and gives plants extra nutrients. As well as adding nutrients, biochar absorbs Carbon Dioxide and other harmful greenhouse gasses, which slows down global warming. If every potted plant had biochar in its soil, we could drastically reduce the amount of harmful chemicals in the air.

Biochar can also attract water and hold it in the soil, keeping the plant happy and healthy. Biochar can reduce the risk of soil-borne diseases (yes, there is such a thing), increase agricultural productivity and even keep the soil healthy. Biochar is a great asset for any garden. Better yet, in the future, it can be produced in large quantities from materials like crop waste, meaning we can turn a waste product into a carbon dioxide eating and plant growing super soil booster!

But you don’t need to wait. For gardeners, the future is now! Biochar is cheap and easy to get, as it is literally just normal charcoal. If you have a firepit in your backyard, you can crumble up the charcoal and use it as biochar. Biochar is an easy resource that you can use right now in your garden! So, what are you waiting for? Find yourself some charcoal and get started!

So, you have come to the end of my fourth looking to the future instalment. Join me next time for Looking to the future 5: Wave Energy. Have a good day!

 

“Biochar is biodiversity”  -Dr N Sai Bhaskar Reddy