TheWaterChannel NewsFlash: October 28, 2014
Biochar: a substance and a culture of substainability
‘Biochar’ is charcoal used for particular purposes, especially as an addition to the soil to enhance its fertility.
‘Biocharculture’ is a holistic approach, a form of relationship with nature. It is based on the application of biochar in the management of soil, livestock, biomass energy, water purification, sanitation, etc.
A surge of enthusiasm around biochar’s potential has attracted much commercial interest. However, the idea of large-scale biochar production has come under criticism by many, who accuse such enterprises of “destroying the biosphere in order to save it.”
In his recent book on biochar ’Biocharculture - for Environment and Development’, Dr. Sai Bhaskar Reddy (GEO India) emphasizes that the optimal function of biochar is as part of a broader culture of sustainability. Viewing it as a magic substance that can be applied to soil to reverse climate change would be a mistake. But letting its potential underutilized would be a missed opportunity as well.
In a webinar on November 4 (1330 GMT, click here to check your local timings), Dr Reddy will discusses these ideas, drawing on his experiences working with rural communities in India as an entrepreneur and development consultant.
For more info on Biochar, Dr Reddy, how to attend the webinar and local timings, go to http://goo.gl/FGRyTZ
Hope to see you there!
With regards,TheWaterChannel Team