One Struggle, One Cause: The Green Renaissance
Our world feels as if it could be rapidly careening into a hopeless abyss of disharmony & dysfunction, on a path to becoming a dystopian hell-scape reminiscent of what one might encounter in a post-apocalyptic Netflix drama.
On top of gnawing social decay, destabilizing economic inequality, and the wholesale breakdown of the checks and balances that our government has historically operated under, the specter of climate change seeks to derail all of humanity’s hope and potential in reasonably short order.
While proud social justice warriors routinely champion a litany of issues and policies, if one was too boil it all down there is really only one struggle, one overarching cause.
If you had to create a category under which to lump all of the issues that the Left routinely champions the lion’s share of critical and important issues could be filed under a single label; a just, equitable, sustainable global society.
If humanity is to overcome the challenges that have been created by the toxic, reckless gluttony that many decades of greed and power based decisions have produced there will need to be a reimagining of the way humanity operates in the form of a Green Renaissance.
Only by transitioning to a sustainable, regenerative collective lifestyle that prioritizes environmental preservation will the human race be able to preserve a world worth living in.
And any serious Green Renaissance will have to include the world’s most multifaceted natural resource; the cannabis plant. It might seem counter-intuitive to many that cannabis has applications across a wide sector of humanity’s needs, far beyond getting high and wearing hemp twine jewelry.
While it is common knowledge that cannabis has been used for millennia as a primary fiber because of its tensile fiber strength and ability to flourish with minimal water or fertilizers, modern science and technology has identified myriad ways cannabis /hemp can play a central role in forging a new status quo, as business as usual is simply no longer an option.
From its superior performance as a graphene replacement in super-capacitor batteries to its ability to replace toxic gypsum cement with a carbon negative cement alternative called hemp-crete, cannabis has an answer.
Cannabis/hemp is the number one natural remediation agent for removing radiation and heavy metals from the ground, and it was used for that purpose after the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown.
Fish oil taken from predatory feeders in the seas often contains toxic substances due to biomagnification, as fish eats fish eats fish, and our oceans are rapidly becoming fished out. Cannabis (hemp) oil is the sustainable alternative. Cannabis produces a seed that contains 85 percent of essential fatty acids (EFAs) and is highly nutritious.
Cannabis composite fiberboard serves to support carbon sequestration by reducing the demand for tree wood. Hemp wood is currently used for flooring, furniture, accent walls, and countertops. And while it takes 50 – 100 years for an oak tree to reach maturation, it only takes hemp 120 days to be a useful resource.
Hemp is a superior crop for biofuel, as it can flourish in infertile soils reducing the need to cultivate it on primary croplands, making it a practical alternative to current biodiesel plants such as soybeans, peanuts, olives, and rapeseed, preserving primary croplands for the production of food.
Not only can hemp be used as feedstock, hemp seed and oil are tremendously nutritious for humans and can be incorporated into a variety of healthy food products including hemp flour, hemp milk, and hemp oil.
The world is changed by our example, not our opinion. What is required at this critical juncture in human history is practical, functional examples of the alternative approaches humanity can take to lessen our carbon footprint, adjust consumption levels, shorten supply chains, and transition to sustainable, regenerative methods of agriculture and construction.
The Covid-19 pandemic has been a jolting, jarring wake-up call for us all. But along with this global tragedy lies an opportunity for a massive reboot, as the pandemic has revealed many strengths and weaknesses in the way industry and technology does business. Now is the time to begin a radical departure from many counter-productive and unsustainable practices that, if continued, threaten our very existence as a species.
In addition to decentralization, shortening supply chains, and pursuing advancements in all forms of sustainable & renewable energy sources, humanity needs to move away from synthetic fibers that are ending up in our oceans and posing a threat to wildlife.
The answer is clear. Cannabis presents a renewable and sustainable natural resource that can help position humanity for a better future. In order to take advantage of the promise that cannabis offers the world prohibition must be ended for good.
Seattle Hempfest will be further examining the role that Cannabis can play in forging a more just, equitable, and sustainable global society in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic in a livestream event on October 10 and 11, found at https://www.hempfestonline.org/. There will be panel discussions, music performances, and even a keynote presentation by Skunk’s own Julie Chiarello, who coined the term Green Renaissance 7 years ago.
View our website for more information relating to this event: http://www.hempfest.org/
Writer: Vivian McPeak, Producer of Seattle Hempfest