Reforestation Project in Taiyuan, China
Human existence has an enormous influence on nature. Our meat consumption, the use of daily transportation, energy, gas and water all contribute to environmental pollution. Even our breathing – and that of animals – emits CO2. It is an enormous contemporary issue that everyone should be aware of. Architects have found a solution to this problem by building passive houses. Houses built according to passive house standards emit less carbon dioxide, which in turn saves the environment. But no matter how well we build something – in the end the act of construction itself creates CO2. Manufacturing construction materials such as clay tiles that are burnt at 1.000 degrees Celcius contributes to climate change. A polemic solution would be to simply stop building altogether. Given our ever-growing world population, however, that’s not really an option.
Wolfgang Frey, a practicing architect who specializes in sustainability in Freiburg, has found a better option for ironing out his „debt“. In the spring of 2014 Mr. Frey began a reforestation project on the Chinese mountain Xishan (which means West Mountain in English) in Taiyuan in the Chinese province Shanxi. Wolfgang Frey has planted over 6,000 trees on 12.4 acres. Every growing plant absorbs CO2.read more >>