‘The world is at a breaking point, and everybody must look after their part of the planet.’
As we move toward a regenerative economy – one where we are actively creating value by restoring ecosystems rather than simply extracting material – farming and conservation must go hand-in-hand.
One farmer seeking to give back to nature is Carel Nel, owner of Boplaas Family Vineyards in South Africa. They are giving away a spekboom cutting with every order in the hopes that they can help plant one million spekboom by 2025.
Here’s what they say about their pledge:
‘Boplaas has always been conservation-minded. Now we’ve stepped up our drive and pledged to establish one million plants of the Portulacaria afra succulent variety – commonly known as the spekboom – before 2025.
‘The world is at a tipping point and we should do everything in our power to avoid a global climate catastrophe. The spekboom that is indigenous to the Klein Karoo area is a carbon miracle worker. Spekboom, for the amount of water it uses, is the most efficient carbon sequester in the world.
‘The humble spekboom can gobble up between 4 and 10 tons of carbon per hectare per year. But it needs our help. According to the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change, the world currently produces 1 331 tons/sec CO2.
‘Our goal at Boplaas is to escalate plantation of the spekboom through strategic partnerships and as a wider aim to spread awareness. We want to encourage its cultivation in private gardens, on estates and on farms.
‘It’s not an impossible task – the spekboom is great at adapting to its surroundings and can flourish almost anywhere. It makes wonderful hedges and beautiful shrubs; and, can be planted in fields, flowerbeds and pots.’
Check out this film by Beautiful News about Carel’s amazing work: