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Growing a garden brings CO2 back to earth

Clive Blazey delves into the benefits of growing gardens to bring Carbon dioxide back to the earth.

We are astounded at how Sir David Attenborough can still produce such expert documentaries (see page 6 of the autumn garden magazine) and, at age 94, he has been doing it for over 60 years!

Where does this energy come from you might ask?  Well, many of us passionate gardeners already lead sustainable lifestyles by growing food, flowers and trees and are inspired by nature, just like David Attenborough.

To resolve the understanding of the planetary crisis, we need to split it into two separate parts:

1. Stopping atmospheric CO2 levels from rising by cutting out burning fossil fuels, which stay in the atmosphere for decades.

2. Bringing carbon back to earth immediately by leading sustainable lifestyles in tune with nature.

If more Australians grew plants, there would be a greater understanding of photosynthesis – where energy from the sun is combined with water and air to create plant life.  The truly amazing thing is that plants do this for free and that, even after a man-made disaster, plants can rejuvenate the landscape without our help.

That’s the story of Diggers mission during this climate crisis – to encourage all Australian gardeners to bring CO2 back to earth so the planet is habitable for our grandchildren.

To help with this mission, we have appointed Tim Sansom as CEO of The Diggers Foundation.  Tim has been a leader in establishing community gardens, former head gardener at The Garden of St Erth and former CEO of The Diggers Club.  He brings 14 years of Diggers experience to the task.

Tim will be driving the magazine stories and heirloom seed preservation, leaving Penny and me more time to give interstate talks about bringing carbon back to earth by gardening sustainably, with a particular focus on tree planting.

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