Dear Friends,


Can you name this Beautiful Creature?

It’s spring.  It’s time to check out the soil, plant the garden, watch life sprout and grow.  Watch the biosphere do its thing.

Two questions for you: What is your definition of the biosphere?  How can a proper understanding of what the biosphere is, save us from extinction?

Here’s mine:  The biosphere is the biofilm of life on the rock we call earth. (Bardell. S., 4/11/2012)

Here’s another, expanded a bit more for further clarification: The biosphere is the totality of life living and dead plus its interactions with rocks, water, and air.  It is diverse and complex. (Donovan, P., Carbon Cycle video, Soil Carbon Coalition, 2010)

So, the biosphere is the zone of the earth where the complex interweaving of living and nonliving systems occurs.  Fritjof Capra (1996) in his book, The Web of Life, takes us into the workings of the biosphere through explaining its carbon cycle/.  Let’s look at the carbon cycle from two vantage points as he provides us with foundational and transformative ideas.

By blending water and minerals from below with sunlight and CO2 from above, green plants grow out of the soil, but in fact most of their substance comes from the air.  The bulk of the cellulose and the other organic compounds produced through photosynthesis consists of heavy carbon and oxygen atoms, which plants take directly from the air in the form of CO2.  Thus the weight of a wooden log comes almost entirely from the air.  When we burn a log in a fireplace, oxygen and carbon combine once more into CO2, and in the light and heat of the fire we recover part of the solar energy that went into making the wood.

We have this great plant next to our kitchen sink.  It’s been with us for years and all I’ve ever done to keep it happy is water it.  No plant foods given, no changing of its soils, nothing but supplying water—and still it’s alive, healthy and busting with life.  This wonderful plant supplies us with beauty, fills our room with oxygen, and takes the CO2 out of the air.  Isn’t it amazing to realize that most of its material for existance and growth comes from the air?

Another example of how carbon cycles through the biosphere is called The weathering effect.

Rain (containing CO2) falls to the earth and mixes with the rocks (containing calcium), which is catalyzed by soil bacteria to form calcium carbonate (CaCO3).  The soluble CaCO3 washes into the ocean where it is absorbed by microscopic algae to form their tiny microscopic shells.  When they die, they fall to the bottom of the sea to form limestone.  As the weight of the limestone builds it eventually finds its way through the ocean floor’s earth crust, falling into the mantle of hot molten rock underneath.  This is then, through volcanic action, spewed back into the atmosphere as CO2, to be recycled once again by plants and rainfall.

The only waste generated by the ecosystem as a whole is the heat energy of respiration, which is radiated into the atmosphere and is replenished continually by the sun through photosynthesis. Eugene Odum’s dictum, “Matter circulates, energy dissipates.” (Capra, 1996)

Knowing the path carbon takes during its cycling, gives us the power to control our fate when it comes to the escalating atmospheric green house gasses that are catapulting us into extinction.
The slide, on the right,  comes from the excellent Carbon Cycle powerpoint on the home page of the Soil Carbon Coalition.  As you can see from this slide, there is more carbon trapped in the soil in organic matter (humus) than in the atmosphere and plants combined.  The humus holds carbon and reduces CO2 levels in the atmosphere.  The humus plays a leading part in the storage of energy of solar origin in the surface of the earth.  As Donovan says in his carbon cycle video, “When there is more carbon in plants and soils there is more water in the soil, more photosynthesis, more work ,more food and more of what we need and the rest of life needs.  If is a reinforcing or positive feedback loop.”
So, what is the biosphere?  The biosphere is the totality of life on earth that captures the energy of the sun to continuously cycle matter.  The pattern of this work can becomes clear as we come to understand the carbon cycle—a circular never ending flow of matter that flows through and connects all life.  It is the cycle of birth, growth, death and decay. (Donovan)

How does this understanding help us save ourselves?  By understanding the carbon cycle we also realize the key factor in whether or not we will be able to stop the escalating rise in greenhouse CO2 levels, which threatens us with the next mass extinction. How well we manage the soil of the earth has the potential of saving our world but if we continue with our present mismanagement of our farming practices we will reap the grim consequences.  So roll your sleeves, plant your organic gardens, water your plants indoor with love, and pass on the urgent message that change is good.

Sincerely yours,

Seann Bardell

Clinical Note:

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The Last Quiz Answer:

This gorgeous frog comes from the jungles of Central America, where it was filmed by the Planet Earth team.  Their experience as they traveled around the earth to wilderness places was that the amphibian populations are in collapse.  Of the 6000 species of frogs worldwide one-third are endangered.  Why?

They are like the carnary in the mine—sensitive to unhealthy atmospheric conditions.  The frogs are the canary of our world.  Their skin is very vulnerable to the rising tide of pollutions and pathogens.  One of the lead scientists in the Planet Earth Video said that frogs are becoming extinct throughout Central America.

Climate Impact Day on May 5th, 2012 is coming!From early morning on May 5th when the sun first rises in the Central Pacific and our colleagues in the Marshall Islands do a daybreak dive on their damaged coral reef, we’ll be following the day around the globe, providing an endless stream of pictures and images.  People around the world will upload a group photo from their local event that captures their big climate dot.  We’ll help you figure out what makes sense, and how to pull together the logistics, but we need you spirit of solidarity to get it going.

Imagine one of the largest banners the world has ever seen, staked down on a California glacier with a simple message:  I’m melting!  Now imagine, at the same moment, activists in Ho Chi Minh City gathering along the Saigon River to mark the ever higher tides that are swamping homes and neighborhoods.   Now imagine our friends in Hobart, Tasmania gathering along the beach to mark severe erosion from a recent series of freak storms.  Start or join an event near you for Climate Impacts Day on 5/5/12.  Click on the above link.