Depression is humiliating. It turns intelligent, kind people into zombies who can’t wash a dish or change their socks. It affects the ability to think clearly, to feel anything, to ascribe value to your children, your lifelong passions, your relative good fortune. It scoops out your normal healthy ability to cope with bad days and bad news, and replaces it with an unrecognizable sludge that finds no pleasure, no delight, no point in anything outside of bed. You alienate your friends because you can’t comport yourself socially, you risk your job because you can’t concentrate, you live in moderate squalor because you have no energy to stand up, let alone take out the garbage. You become pathetic and you know it. And you have no capacity to stop the downward plunge. You have no perspective, no emotional reserves, no faith that it will get better. So you feel guilty and ashamed of your inability to deal with life like a regular human, which exacerbates the depression and the isolation.
Depression is humiliating.
If you’ve never been depressed, thank your lucky stars and back off the folks who take a pill so they can make eye contact with the grocery store cashier. No one on earth would choose the nightmare of depression over an averagely turbulent normal life.
It’s not an incapacity to cope with day to day living in the modern world. It’s an incapacity to function. At all. If you and your loved ones have been spared, every blessing to you. If depression has taken root in you or your loved ones, every blessing to you, too.
Depression is humiliating.
No one chooses it. No one deserves it. It runs in families, it ruins families. You cannot imagine what it takes to feign normalcy, to show up to work, to make a dentist appointment, to pay bills, to walk your dog, to return library books on time, to keep enough toilet paper on hand, when you are exerting most of your capacity on trying not to kill yourself. Depression is real. Just because you’ve never had it doesn’t make it imaginary. Compassion is also real. And a depressed person may cling desperately to it until they are out of the woods and they may remember your compassion for the rest of their lives as a force greater than their depression. Have a heart. Judge not lest ye be judged.
hailteamfreewill:

officialhydra:

sailorarcturus:

It’s not John Green’s fault that Laverne Cox wasn’t included the TIME 100.
John Green did not make the decision to not include Laverne Cox in the TIME 100.
John Green being included in the TIME 100 and Laverne Cox not being included does not reflect badly on him— it reflects badly on TIME magazine.
Stop acting like children and place blame where it belongs instead of looking for a fucking scapegoat.

Stop being mad at John Green for things he didn’t do/he didn’t have control over 2K14

People really think that John Green shouldn’t be included in this list- probably because he’s white and a male and therefore has no real influence, it’s all fake and he’s made NO DIFFERENCE 
Do your research. 
Since 2007, the project for awesome has raised way over $100000 for charities such as (in 2013) The Harry Potter Alliance, This Star Won’t Go Out, Not Forgotten, Save the Children, Liberty in North Korea, Childs Play, water.org, The Thirst Project, Partners for Mental Health, TECHO, To Write Love on Her Arms, The Office of Letters and Light, The World Food Programme, Feeding America (which works with food banks around the US), The Wayne Foundation, Pencils for Kids, Women for Women International, First Book, Kiva, Doctors without Borders
He encourages people to be themselves, to act smart around other people and to learn and read and do good things 
His books have inspired so many other artists and writers 


Not to mention one of the most popular covers of An Abundance of Katherines was designed by a nerdfighter 

Some of the music inspired by his books: (X) (X) (X) (X) (X) 
Nerdfighters are writing their own book as a collection 
Projects from the Nerdfighteria Projects page: 
Uncultured Project
Vlogtubers (a group inspired by John and Hank to make awesome videos) 
IttakesII (connecting siblings through youtube) 
Generation of awesome (people making videos about what matters to them) 
Again and again, more people inspired by the vlogbrothers to make videos and do amazing things to make friends and talk about things that matter (X) 
Quotes from John’s page from his watchers/ readers: 
“ I also felt inspired to expand my vocabulary. Elaborating my English grade largely.” - Rosie Jiggins, 14, England. 
“ I usually don’t read English books but you inspired me to read. your book are helping me through life and they are helping me to improve my writing skills.” - Tsion
“I do not believe I have ever read anything where it felt as it had changed me, until I read The Fault In Our Stars.” - Brooklynn Hastey , age 15.
“It has occurred to me that you have changed my life.” - Gracie 
“I have great admiration for you” - Ana Lara Sabino
“Your honestly and compassion with which you write with makes me constantly change my perspective towards many things in life and want to change others perspectives with the same compassion and drive you have. ” - Samantha 
“ You really got me in to reading!” - Sally 
“I just wanted to post this letter to express the importance, and the impact that this moving book has left on me, and the thousands of other individuals who have been engulfed by TFIOS.” - ASMM 13Chile
"You have been one of the most inspirational authors whose books I’ve read."  - Rachel 
“I am deeply grateful to you John, for the books that changed me.” - Stas
This was literally just scrolling down for a minute or so. The page is literally filled with gratitude and thanks for his inspiration and books
The #hairforhazel project got over a hundred people to donate at least 8 inches of hair for the Children with Hair Loss charity 
August 3 is Esther day, for John’s friend and amazing person who died of cancer when she was just 16. John Green told Esther that he and his brother Hank wanted to celebrate her birthday as long as there were vlogbrothers videos, and that the videos on that day could be about whatever she chose. After some reflection, Esther decided she wanted it to be a day to celebrate love for family and friends. So since 2010, August 3rd or Esther Day has become a holiday that reminds us to verbalize our love for friends and family, the important people in our lives who we might not remember to say “I love you” to very often. (X) 
And John green’s books are just as inspirational too: 
"What is the point in being alive if you don’t at least try to do something remarkable?" -ABOK
"We are as indestructible as we believe ourselves to be.” - LFA
"if you don’t imagine, nothing ever happens at all." PT
"What a treacherous thing to think a person is more than a person." -PT
"People lack good mirrors. It’s so hard for anyone to show us how we look, and so hard for us to show anyone how we feel." - PT
And his actual vlogbrothers quotes: 
“Saying ‘I notice you’re a nerd’ is like saying, ‘Hey, I notice that you’d rather be intelligent than be stupid, that you’d rather be thoughtful than be vapid, that you believe that there are things that matter more than the arrest record of Lindsay Lohan. ” 
"Use your words" 
"The venn diagram of boys who don’t like smart girls and boys you don’t want to date, is a circle." 
"Nerd life is so much better than regular life." 
"When you acknowledge that there is nothing repulsive or unforgivable or shameful about yourself, it becomes easier to be that authentic person and feel like you’ve living a less preformed life." 
He treats women like real life people: “When of course, a women needs a strong man like a fish needs a bicycle.” 
"That’s always seemed so ridiculous to me, that people would want to be around someone because they’re pretty, it’s like picking breakfast cereal based on colour instead of taste.” - PT 
And he does all of this while being an incredible husband, father of two and brother: 




Yes, of course Laverne Cox deserved and should have been on that list 
BUT SO DID JOHN GREEN 
THIS IS NOT A PASTY ASS 
THIS IS SOMEONE WHO HAS MADE A DIFFERENCE 
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officialhydra:

sailorarcturus:

It’s not John Green’s fault that Laverne Cox wasn’t included the TIME 100.
John Green did not make the decision to not include Laverne Cox in the TIME 100.
John Green being included in the TIME 100 and Laverne Cox not being included does not reflect badly on him— it reflects badly on TIME magazine.
Stop acting like children and place blame where it belongs instead of looking for a fucking scapegoat.

Stop being mad at John Green for things he didn’t do/he didn’t have control over 2K14

People really think that John Green shouldn’t be included in this list- probably because he’s white and a male and therefore has no real influence, it’s all fake and he’s made NO DIFFERENCE 
Do your research. 
Since 2007, the project for awesome has raised way over $100000 for charities such as (in 2013) The Harry Potter Alliance, This Star Won’t Go Out, Not Forgotten, Save the Children, Liberty in North Korea, Childs Play, water.org, The Thirst Project, Partners for Mental Health, TECHO, To Write Love on Her Arms, The Office of Letters and Light, The World Food Programme, Feeding America (which works with food banks around the US), The Wayne Foundation, Pencils for Kids, Women for Women International, First Book, Kiva, Doctors without Borders
He encourages people to be themselves, to act smart around other people and to learn and read and do good things 
His books have inspired so many other artists and writers 


Not to mention one of the most popular covers of An Abundance of Katherines was designed by a nerdfighter 

Some of the music inspired by his books: (X) (X) (X) (X) (X) 
Nerdfighters are writing their own book as a collection 
Projects from the Nerdfighteria Projects page: 
Uncultured Project
Vlogtubers (a group inspired by John and Hank to make awesome videos) 
IttakesII (connecting siblings through youtube) 
Generation of awesome (people making videos about what matters to them) 
Again and again, more people inspired by the vlogbrothers to make videos and do amazing things to make friends and talk about things that matter (X) 
Quotes from John’s page from his watchers/ readers: 
“ I also felt inspired to expand my vocabulary. Elaborating my English grade largely.” - Rosie Jiggins, 14, England. 
“ I usually don’t read English books but you inspired me to read. your book are helping me through life and they are helping me to improve my writing skills.” - Tsion
“I do not believe I have ever read anything where it felt as it had changed me, until I read The Fault In Our Stars.” - Brooklynn Hastey , age 15.
“It has occurred to me that you have changed my life.” - Gracie 
“I have great admiration for you” - Ana Lara Sabino
“Your honestly and compassion with which you write with makes me constantly change my perspective towards many things in life and want to change others perspectives with the same compassion and drive you have. ” - Samantha 
“ You really got me in to reading!” - Sally 
“I just wanted to post this letter to express the importance, and the impact that this moving book has left on me, and the thousands of other individuals who have been engulfed by TFIOS.” - ASMM 13Chile
"You have been one of the most inspirational authors whose books I’ve read."  - Rachel 
“I am deeply grateful to you John, for the books that changed me.” - Stas
This was literally just scrolling down for a minute or so. The page is literally filled with gratitude and thanks for his inspiration and books
The #hairforhazel project got over a hundred people to donate at least 8 inches of hair for the Children with Hair Loss charity 
August 3 is Esther day, for John’s friend and amazing person who died of cancer when she was just 16. John Green told Esther that he and his brother Hank wanted to celebrate her birthday as long as there were vlogbrothers videos, and that the videos on that day could be about whatever she chose. After some reflection, Esther decided she wanted it to be a day to celebrate love for family and friends. So since 2010, August 3rd or Esther Day has become a holiday that reminds us to verbalize our love for friends and family, the important people in our lives who we might not remember to say “I love you” to very often. (X) 
And John green’s books are just as inspirational too: 
"What is the point in being alive if you don’t at least try to do something remarkable?" -ABOK
"We are as indestructible as we believe ourselves to be.” - LFA
"if you don’t imagine, nothing ever happens at all." PT
"What a treacherous thing to think a person is more than a person." -PT
"People lack good mirrors. It’s so hard for anyone to show us how we look, and so hard for us to show anyone how we feel." - PT
And his actual vlogbrothers quotes: 
“Saying ‘I notice you’re a nerd’ is like saying, ‘Hey, I notice that you’d rather be intelligent than be stupid, that you’d rather be thoughtful than be vapid, that you believe that there are things that matter more than the arrest record of Lindsay Lohan. ” 
"Use your words" 
"The venn diagram of boys who don’t like smart girls and boys you don’t want to date, is a circle." 
"Nerd life is so much better than regular life." 
"When you acknowledge that there is nothing repulsive or unforgivable or shameful about yourself, it becomes easier to be that authentic person and feel like you’ve living a less preformed life." 
He treats women like real life people: “When of course, a women needs a strong man like a fish needs a bicycle.” 
"That’s always seemed so ridiculous to me, that people would want to be around someone because they’re pretty, it’s like picking breakfast cereal based on colour instead of taste.” - PT 
And he does all of this while being an incredible husband, father of two and brother: 




Yes, of course Laverne Cox deserved and should have been on that list 
BUT SO DID JOHN GREEN 
THIS IS NOT A PASTY ASS 
THIS IS SOMEONE WHO HAS MADE A DIFFERENCE 
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hailteamfreewill:

officialhydra:

sailorarcturus:

It’s not John Green’s fault that Laverne Cox wasn’t included the TIME 100.

John Green did not make the decision to not include Laverne Cox in the TIME 100.

John Green being included in the TIME 100 and Laverne Cox not being included does not reflect badly on him— it reflects badly on TIME magazine.

Stop acting like children and place blame where it belongs instead of looking for a fucking scapegoat.

Stop being mad at John Green for things he didn’t do/he didn’t have control over 2K14

People really think that John Green shouldn’t be included in this list- probably because he’s white and a male and therefore has no real influence, it’s all fake and he’s made NO DIFFERENCE 

Do your research. 

  • Since 2007, the project for awesome has raised way over $100000 for charities such as (in 2013) The Harry Potter Alliance, This Star Won’t Go Out, Not Forgotten, Save the Children, Liberty in North Korea, Childs Play, water.org, The Thirst Project, Partners for Mental Health, TECHO, To Write Love on Her Arms, The Office of Letters and Light, The World Food Programme, Feeding America (which works with food banks around the US), The Wayne Foundation, Pencils for Kids, Women for Women International, First Book, Kiva, Doctors without Borders
  • He encourages people to be themselves, to act smart around other people and to learn and read and do good things 
  • His books have inspired so many other artists and writers 

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Not to mention one of the most popular covers of An Abundance of Katherines was designed by a nerdfighter 

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Uncultured Project

Vlogtubers (a group inspired by John and Hank to make awesome videos) 

IttakesII (connecting siblings through youtube) 

Generation of awesome (people making videos about what matters to them) 

Again and again, more people inspired by the vlogbrothers to make videos and do amazing things to make friends and talk about things that matter (X

  • Quotes from John’s page from his watchers/ readers: 
  •  I also felt inspired to expand my vocabulary. Elaborating my English grade largely.” - Rosie Jiggins, 14, England. 
  •  I usually don’t read English books but you inspired me to read. your book are helping me through life and they are helping me to improve my writing skills.” - Tsion
  • I do not believe I have ever read anything where it felt as it had changed me, until I read The Fault In Our Stars.” - Brooklynn Hastey , age 15.
  • It has occurred to me that you have changed my life.” - Gracie 
  • I have great admiration for you” - Ana Lara Sabino
  • Your honestly and compassion with which you write with makes me constantly change my perspective towards many things in life and want to change others perspectives with the same compassion and drive you have. ” - Samantha 
  •  You really got me in to reading!” - Sally 
  • I just wanted to post this letter to express the importance, and the impact that this moving book has left on me, and the thousands of other individuals who have been engulfed by TFIOS.” - ASMM 13
    Chile
  • "You have been one of the most inspirational authors whose books I’ve read."  - Rachel 
  • I am deeply grateful to you John, for the books that changed me.” - Stas
  • This was literally just scrolling down for a minute or so. The page is literally filled with gratitude and thanks for his inspiration and books
  • The #hairforhazel project got over a hundred people to donate at least 8 inches of hair for the Children with Hair Loss charity 
  • August 3 is Esther day, for John’s friend and amazing person who died of cancer when she was just 16. John Green told Esther that he and his brother Hank wanted to celebrate her birthday as long as there were vlogbrothers videos, and that the videos on that day could be about whatever she chose. After some reflection, Esther decided she wanted it to be a day to celebrate love for family and friends. So since 2010, August 3rd or Esther Day has become a holiday that reminds us to verbalize our love for friends and family, the important people in our lives who we might not remember to say “I love you” to very often. (X
  • And John green’s books are just as inspirational too: 
  • "What is the point in being alive if you don’t at least try to do something remarkable?" -ABOK
  • "We are as indestructible as we believe ourselves to be.” - LFA
  • "if you don’t imagine, nothing ever happens at all." PT
  • "What a treacherous thing to think a person is more than a person." -PT
  • "People lack good mirrors. It’s so hard for anyone to show us how we look, and so hard for us to show anyone how we feel." - PT
  • And his actual vlogbrothers quotes: 
  • Saying ‘I notice you’re a nerd’ is like saying, ‘Hey, I notice that you’d rather be intelligent than be stupid, that you’d rather be thoughtful than be vapid, that you believe that there are things that matter more than the arrest record of Lindsay Lohan. ” 
  • "Use your words" 
  • "The venn diagram of boys who don’t like smart girls and boys you don’t want to date, is a circle." 
  • "Nerd life is so much better than regular life." 
  • "When you acknowledge that there is nothing repulsive or unforgivable or shameful about yourself, it becomes easier to be that authentic person and feel like you’ve living a less preformed life." 
  • He treats women like real life people: “When of course, a women needs a strong man like a fish needs a bicycle.” 
  • "That’s always seemed so ridiculous to me, that people would want to be around someone because they’re pretty, it’s like picking breakfast cereal based on colour instead of taste.” - PT 

And he does all of this while being an incredible husband, father of two and brother: 

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Yes, of course Laverne Cox deserved and should have been on that list 

BUT SO DID JOHN GREEN 

THIS IS NOT A PASTY ASS 

THIS IS SOMEONE WHO HAS MADE A DIFFERENCE 

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rosejanenoble:

I’m fairly certain I’ve reblogged this before, but goddamn, they’re all sO CUTE.

#Can we talk about how realistic this is #it literally has almost every body type and preference here #big thighed #skinny waist #freckles #tall #short #gay #straight #red kneed #thigh gap #tattoos #piercings #girls with short hair #guys with dyed hair #short dresses #skinny jeans #these could have been drawn so stereotypically yet they’re not #however they’re still perfect

#harry potter neck tattoos

she’s one of my favourite artists. ohmygod. 

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yes-i-am-lucifer:

rosejanenoble:

I’m fairly certain I’ve reblogged this before, but goddamn, they’re all sO CUTE.

#Can we talk about how realistic this is #it literally has almost every body type and preference here #big thighed #skinny waist #freckles #tall #short #gay #straight #red kneed #thigh gap #tattoos #piercings #girls with short hair #guys with dyed hair #short dresses #skinny jeans #these could have been drawn so stereotypically yet they’re not #however they’re still perfect

#harry potter neck tattoos

she’s one of my favourite artists. ohmygod. 

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looklooklook I’m so I just
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concernedwentz:

bad-news-winchesters:

tasteful-side-boob-always-wins:

yes-i-am-lucifer:

rosejanenoble:

I’m fairly certain I’ve reblogged this before, but goddamn, they’re all sO CUTE.

#Can we talk about how realistic this is #it literally has almost every body type and preference here #big thighed #skinny waist #freckles #tall #short #gay #straight #red kneed #thigh gap #tattoos #piercings #girls with short hair #guys with dyed hair #short dresses #skinny jeans #these could have been drawn so stereotypically yet they’re not #however they’re still perfect

#harry potter neck tattoos

she’s one of my favourite artists. ohmygod. 

very-meri
looklooklook I’m so I just
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concernedwentz:

bad-news-winchesters:

tasteful-side-boob-always-wins:

yes-i-am-lucifer:

rosejanenoble:

I’m fairly certain I’ve reblogged this before, but goddamn, they’re all sO CUTE.

#Can we talk about how realistic this is #it literally has almost every body type and preference here #big thighed #skinny waist #freckles #tall #short #gay #straight #red kneed #thigh gap #tattoos #piercings #girls with short hair #guys with dyed hair #short dresses #skinny jeans #these could have been drawn so stereotypically yet they’re not #however they’re still perfect

#harry potter neck tattoos

she’s one of my favourite artists. ohmygod. 

very-meri
looklooklook I’m so I just
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concernedwentz:

bad-news-winchesters:

tasteful-side-boob-always-wins:

yes-i-am-lucifer:

rosejanenoble:

I’m fairly certain I’ve reblogged this before, but goddamn, they’re all sO CUTE.

#Can we talk about how realistic this is #it literally has almost every body type and preference here #big thighed #skinny waist #freckles #tall #short #gay #straight #red kneed #thigh gap #tattoos #piercings #girls with short hair #guys with dyed hair #short dresses #skinny jeans #these could have been drawn so stereotypically yet they’re not #however they’re still perfect

#harry potter neck tattoos

she’s one of my favourite artists. ohmygod. 

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bad-news-winchesters:

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yes-i-am-lucifer:

rosejanenoble:

I’m fairly certain I’ve reblogged this before, but goddamn, they’re all sO CUTE.

#Can we talk about how realistic this is #it literally has almost every body type and preference here #big thighed #skinny waist #freckles #tall #short #gay #straight #red kneed #thigh gap #tattoos #piercings #girls with short hair #guys with dyed hair #short dresses #skinny jeans #these could have been drawn so stereotypically yet they’re not #however they’re still perfect

#harry potter neck tattoos

she’s one of my favourite artists. ohmygod. 

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rosejanenoble:

I’m fairly certain I’ve reblogged this before, but goddamn, they’re all sO CUTE.

#Can we talk about how realistic this is #it literally has almost every body type and preference here #big thighed #skinny waist #freckles #tall #short #gay #straight #red kneed #thigh gap #tattoos #piercings #girls with short hair #guys with dyed hair #short dresses #skinny jeans #these could have been drawn so stereotypically yet they’re not #however they’re still perfect

#harry potter neck tattoos

she’s one of my favourite artists. ohmygod. 

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I’m fairly certain I’ve reblogged this before, but goddamn, they’re all sO CUTE.

#Can we talk about how realistic this is #it literally has almost every body type and preference here #big thighed #skinny waist #freckles #tall #short #gay #straight #red kneed #thigh gap #tattoos #piercings #girls with short hair #guys with dyed hair #short dresses #skinny jeans #these could have been drawn so stereotypically yet they’re not #however they’re still perfect

#harry potter neck tattoos

she’s one of my favourite artists. ohmygod. 

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rosejanenoble:

I’m fairly certain I’ve reblogged this before, but goddamn, they’re all sO CUTE.

#Can we talk about how realistic this is #it literally has almost every body type and preference here #big thighed #skinny waist #freckles #tall #short #gay #straight #red kneed #thigh gap #tattoos #piercings #girls with short hair #guys with dyed hair #short dresses #skinny jeans #these could have been drawn so stereotypically yet they’re not #however they’re still perfect

#harry potter neck tattoos

she’s one of my favourite artists. ohmygod. 

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tasteful-side-boob-always-wins:

yes-i-am-lucifer:

rosejanenoble:

I’m fairly certain I’ve reblogged this before, but goddamn, they’re all sO CUTE.

#Can we talk about how realistic this is #it literally has almost every body type and preference here #big thighed #skinny waist #freckles #tall #short #gay #straight #red kneed #thigh gap #tattoos #piercings #girls with short hair #guys with dyed hair #short dresses #skinny jeans #these could have been drawn so stereotypically yet they’re not #however they’re still perfect

#harry potter neck tattoos

she’s one of my favourite artists. ohmygod. 

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Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria, Chad, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Djibouti. Those are the countries. It will be drought-resistant species, mostly acacias. And this is a fucking brilliant idea you have no idea oh my Christ
This will create so many jobs and regenerate so many communities and aaaaaahhhhhhh

more info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Green_Wall
it’s already happening, and already having positive effects. this is wonderful, why have i not heard of this before? i’m so happy!

Oh yes, acacia trees.
They fix nitrogen and improve soil quality.
And, to make things fun, the species they’re using practices “reverse leaf phenology.” The trees go dormant in the rainy season and then grow their leaves again in the dry season. This means you can plant crops under the trees, in that nitrogen-rich soil, and the trees don’t compete for light because they don’t have any leaves on.
And then in the dry season, you harvest the leaves and feed them to your cows.
Crops grown under acacia trees have better yield than those grown without them. Considerably better.
So, this isn’t just about stopping the advancement of the Sahara - it’s also about improving food security for the entire sub-Saharan belt and possibly reclaiming some of the desert as productive land.
Of course, before the “green revolution,” the farmers knew to plant acacia trees - it’s a traditional practice that they were convinced to abandon in favor of “more reliable” artificial fertilizers (that caused soil degradation, soil erosion, etc).
This is why you listen to the people who, you know, have lived with and on land for centuries.

THIS is an incredible display of human knowledge and ingenuity.

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Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria, Chad, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Djibouti. Those are the countries. It will be drought-resistant species, mostly acacias. And this is a fucking brilliant idea you have no idea oh my Christ

This will create so many jobs and regenerate so many communities and aaaaaahhhhhhh

more info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Green_Wall

it’s already happening, and already having positive effects. this is wonderful, why have i not heard of this before? i’m so happy!

Oh yes, acacia trees.

They fix nitrogen and improve soil quality.

And, to make things fun, the species they’re using practices “reverse leaf phenology.” The trees go dormant in the rainy season and then grow their leaves again in the dry season. This means you can plant crops under the trees, in that nitrogen-rich soil, and the trees don’t compete for light because they don’t have any leaves on.

And then in the dry season, you harvest the leaves and feed them to your cows.

Crops grown under acacia trees have better yield than those grown without them. Considerably better.

So, this isn’t just about stopping the advancement of the Sahara - it’s also about improving food security for the entire sub-Saharan belt and possibly reclaiming some of the desert as productive land.

Of course, before the “green revolution,” the farmers knew to plant acacia trees - it’s a traditional practice that they were convinced to abandon in favor of “more reliable” artificial fertilizers (that caused soil degradation, soil erosion, etc).

This is why you listen to the people who, you know, have lived with and on land for centuries.

THIS is an incredible display of human knowledge and ingenuity.

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"no homo" says the boy cuddling next to you.  You figure he means he isn’t homosexual.  It never grazed your mind he may be stating he isn’t a homosapien.  That was a very big mistake on your part.