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Harnessing Nature's Power: A Call to Embrace Nature-Based Solutions in the Fight Against Climate Change

As our planet grapples with the profound challenges of climate change, a recent study led by Guenet and team from the ENS Geology Laboratory sheds light on the pivotal role of nature-based solutions in mitigating this global crisis. While these solutions are undeniably crucial, the study emphasizes that their effectiveness hinges on concurrent efforts to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Nature-based solutions encompass a diverse array of strategies rooted in a profound understanding of ecosystems. The guiding principle is that by working harmoniously with nature, we can unlock a multitude of benefits and services that the environment generously offers. In their paper titled "Les solutions fondées sur la nature" (nature-based solutions), the researchers delve into the role of these techniques, particularly focusing on their contribution to climate change mitigation, often referred to as nature-based climate solutions.

The primary objectives of nature-based climate solutions are threefold:
Preventing Carbon Emissions: A key strategy involves averting deforestation, which directly contributes to the reduction of carbon released into the atmosphere.
Restoring Degraded Ecosystems: By promoting carbon sinks through initiatives such as reducing timber harvesting, we can rehabilitate ecosystems, enhancing their capacity to sequester carbon.
Implementing Best Management Practices: Deploying effective practices in forests, croplands, and grasslands can significantly curtail greenhouse gas emissions, further contributing to the fight against climate change.
The researchers emphasize the importance of designing nature-based solutions for longevity, considering the enduring carbon sinks of terrestrial ecosystems. This underscores the need for sustained efforts to preserve and restore our natural environments.
It is evident that nature-based solutions are integral to achieving the goals set by the Paris Agreement, specifically in maintaining the global temperature rise below 2°C. However, it is crucial to recognize that these solutions must be complemented by simultaneous reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from human activities.
In our collective pursuit of a sustainable future, embracing nature-based solutions presents a pathway to not only combat climate change but also foster a deeper connection with the ecosystems that sustain us. Let us seize this opportunity to work hand in hand with nature, ensuring the well-being of our planet and future generations. The time to act is now, and nature stands ready to be our ally in the fight against climate change.



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  • Saustine Lusanzu

    8 w

    These are great ideas, Nature based solutions are the solutions towards climate change impacts, it's time to prioritize Nature based solutions

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    • George Kariuki

      8 w

      Embracing NBS is a powerful step towards a sustainable future. By working together, we can harness the power of nature to build a healthier planet for all.

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      • Edwin wangombe

        8 w

        @george_kariuki I agree with you ... nature is such a powerful force and if we harness its full potential we can salvage our planet.

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        • Saustine Lusanzu

          8 w

          @george_kariuki there's a need to join forces to ensure There is proper NBS implementation, we also need to engage the community in all steps

        • Chris Ndungu

          8 w

          Natural based solutions concerning climate change are absolutely optimal when it comes to save climate matters.

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          • Edwin wangombe

            8 w

            @chris_ndungu with NBS we will save this planet from tipping over

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          • walter lungayi

            8 w

            Nature-based solutions offer sustainable and effective ways to combat climate change by utilizing the power of nature itself. Embracing these solutions is important in our efforts to mitigate the impacts of climate change and create a more resilient future.

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            • Edwin wangombe

              8 w

              @walter_lungayi I couldn't agree more... well said

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            • Joseph Githinji

              8 w

              This is a great idea on how we can work with nature to create solutions to climate change issues and create a balanced ecosystem. Mother nature has done everything right, it is time for humankind to return the favour.

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              • Jane Wangui

                8 w

                @joseph_githinji unfortunately we humans are so unfair and we think only of ourselves.

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                • Edwin wangombe

                  8 w

                  @joseph_githinji and we should always remember nature is unforgiving if we don't take care of it it can destroy us but if we embrace it, it will solve our problems

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                • Munene Mugambi

                  8 w

                  The earth gives us what we need and takes what we do not, and it has been doing so for decades. What changed? Nothing much apart from human activities increasing carbon emissions and destruction of the ozone layer. I applaud efforts to cut emissions and restore ecosystems, as this provides balance in an otherwise unequal world as shaped by us.

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                  • Edwin wangombe

                    8 w

                    @munene_mugambi I agree ... nature has been so dear to us it has taken care of us for the longest and we have paid back by destroying it.... it is high time to give back to nature

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                  • Princess

                    8 w

                    Using nature's own resources, like trees and wetlands, to fight climate change can be a smart and effective approach. It's all about working with nature to find solutions to the problems we face.

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                    • Edwin wangombe

                      8 w

                      @princess_nel_268 Nature knows itself better than we do so it's only fair and logical if we encourage it to heal itself through the conservation and and protection of the ecosystem

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                    • dickson mutai

                      9 w

                      This is a reminder of our interconnectedness with the environment and the urgent need to prioritize sustainability, it's encouraging to see the focus on strategies that work with, rather than against, our environment

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                      • Munene Mugambi

                        8 w

                        @dickson_mutai Certainly. The environment and us are interdependent, and when one goes against the status quo, it means bad news for both parties. It is therefore imperative that we appreciate the planet by supporting sustainable living to ensure our own survival.

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                        • Edwin wangombe

                          8 w

                          @dickson_mutai NBS is definitely a strategy that works and will heal the planet from the climate change pandemic

                        • johnte ndeto

                          9 w

                          Nature based solutions towards climate change are quite ideal in solving climate matters.

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                          • Edwin wangombe

                            8 w

                            @johnte_ndeto using nature to heal nature is the best remedy to combat climate change

                          • Boniface Kuria

                            9 w

                            Les solutions fondées sur la nature. I learnt a new language today. Anyway I think these are the easiest ways to tackle climate change.

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                            • Edwin wangombe

                              8 w

                              @boniface_kuria it is the easiest and effortless method of fighting climate change ...

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