Zero Emissions Byron’s ‘C02 Drawdown Stories’ is a quest to find and share Byron Shire’s most effective carbon sequestration projects and the dedicated, determined champions who are driving them.
Episode 2: Good Fire Sequesters Carbon
Two passionate local carbon drawdown champions, fire ecologist Dr Andy Baker and Bundjalung cultural fire practitioner Oliver Costello, encourage us to befriend fire and use it as a regenerative force rather than allow it to be an uncontrolled destructive one. They share their knowledge of the multiple benefits of reinstating cool mosaic burning in open forest ecosystems and while it may seem counterintuitive, good fire actually plays a crucial role in the global carbon cycle. The CO2 drawn down by a forests vigorous regrowth after a fire is equivalent to the smoke emissions created during the fire. The charcoal created by good fire, which is almost pure carbon, is additional and is then locked away long-term in our soils, rivers, wetlands and oceanic sinks.
Watch and share the film below and if you are a resident of Broken Head or the Koonyum Range region ZEB and the landcare groups of Wilsons Creek, Huonbrook and Broken Head invite you to attend your local live Good Fire event to network with your neighbours and begin planning cool fire burns. The tickets are free but numbers limited so please only book if you are a resident of the appropriate area and can definitely attend. See details below and please advise via the Eventbrite contact function if you book but later discover you wont be able to attend so if there is a waiting list this can be managed to ensure maximum benefit from the events.
SCIENTIFIC PAPER links
- Widespread phytoplankton blooms triggered by the 2019-2020 Australian Bushfires
- Vast CO2 release from Australia's bushfires in 2019-2020 constrained by satellite.]
- Rainforest expansion reduces understory plant diversity