I’M GONNA BE OKAY I’VE GOT PEOPLE WHO LOVE ME EVEN WHEN I DON’T REALLY DESERVE IT I’VE GOT THINGS TO LOOK FORWARD TO AND PEOPLE TO LOVE AND DOGS TO PET AND RAIN TO LISTEN TO AND I’M GONNA BE OKAY WE’RE GONNA BE OKAY
"Due to the rain a few days before, the desert sand was like paste. This was the reason of such dustless and crystal clear sky. Khara desert in central part of Iran is a beautiful place to be guest for stars. In this photo, the Milky way band is joined by zodiacal light next to planet Venus. Zodiacal light can only be seen in very dark and clear skies. In the west, sky has been lit up by the light pollution of the nearby town, Hasanabad. The Panorama is made by Canon 6D and 14mm Samyang lens."
I changed my theme for the first time in what must be probably a year and I decided I would use a picture of groot as the sidebar bc yay groot!!! and I just randomly decided that would be a good one and then once I’d sized it right for the theme and had it uploaded for a while, and when I was changing the colours I was like OH MY GOSH LOOK AT THAT, because the background lines of the picture match up almost perfectly to the link lines … just … that was completely by accident
Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria, Chad, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Djibouti. Those are the countries. It will be drought-resistant species, mostly acacias. And this is a fucking brilliant idea you have no idea oh my Christ
This will create so many jobs and regenerate so many communities and aaaaaahhhhhhh
it’s already happening, and already having positive effects. this is wonderful, why have i not heard of this before? i’m so happy!
Oh yes, acacia trees.
They fix nitrogen and improve soil quality.
And, to make things fun, the species they’re using practices “reverse leaf phenology.” The trees go dormant in the rainy season and then grow their leaves again in the dry season. This means you can plant crops under the trees, in that nitrogen-rich soil, and the trees don’t compete for light because they don’t have any leaves on.
And then in the dry season, you harvest the leaves and feed them to your cows.
Crops grown under acacia trees have better yield than those grown without them. Considerably better.
So, this isn’t just about stopping the advancement of the Sahara - it’s also about improving food security for the entire sub-Saharan belt and possibly reclaiming some of the desert as productive land.
Of course, before the “green revolution,” the farmers knew to plant acacia trees - it’s a traditional practice that they were convinced to abandon in favor of “more reliable” artificial fertilizers (that caused soil degradation, soil erosion, etc).
This is why you listen to the people who, you know, have lived with and on land for centuries.
THIS is an incredible display of human knowledge and ingenuity.