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Save the Permafrost! – Stop the melting | #PermafrostStayCool

A project from Pleistocene & Permafrost Stiftung gemeinnützige UG
in Sibirien , Russia

The Pleistocene Park is saving permafrost and generating additional CO₂ storage by restoring highly productive steppe tundra. This is achieved through the use of special seeds and the settlement of certain animals.

Sophia Kirst
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About this project

The problem?

The thawing of the permafrost is currently the worst climate catastrophe. There are about 1,600 gigatons of carbon stored. That is 2x as much carbon as in our atmosphere and 3x as much as in all the forests on earth. If the permafrost continues to thaw, huge amounts of CO2 and methane will rise into the atmosphere. This will irreversibly and exponentially accelerate global warming. 

The solution!

To solve the problem we support the Pleistocene concept, which proves to be the most effective method for this purpose. This concept is already implemented in Pleistocene Park, by scientists Nikita and Sergey Zimov and has 4 positive effects on climate and environment:

1. preservation of permafrost soils
2. active CO₂ binding through increased photosynthesis
3. active cooling of the planet by increasing the albedo effect
4. rebuilding biodiversity

How does the concept work?

The concept is quite simple, a resettlement of a wide variety of herbivores and the restoration of the once highly productive steppe tundra. Only through the perfect interaction of the two measures can the 4 positive effects be achieved.

1. Preservation of permafrost soils:

When grazing in winter, the animals destroy and compact the insulating snow layer. As a result, the cold enters deeper and faster into the soil and the permafrost soils are permanently preserved.

2. Active CO₂ Binding:

The current dominant vegetation is very inefficient. By restoring the highly productive steppe tundra, the park can absorb many times more CO₂ in the future. Therefore, the park also acts as an efficient carbon capture and storage in the future.

3. Actively cooling the planet through the albedo effect:

Through this effect, the steppe tundra reflects more incoming solar radiation than the current prevailing vegetation and it is not available to the environment as heat.

4. Biodiversity:

In the current prevailing ecosystems, hardly any animals are found, except for swarms of mosquitoes. By reintroducing a wide variety of herbivores, biodiversity can flourish again in the region.

What can we achieve with YOUR help?

Currently, the park is in its beginnings. We want to expand the park together with the Russian scientists. Only together with YOU we can do it.