Most of us have been hearing about how Covid-19 healed our planet and lowered carbon levels. But did you know that Genghis Khan, the Mongol emperor, once helped our planet by cutting carbon levels by 700 million tonnes?
Genghis Khan : The Greenest Invader
Genghis Khan, the Mongol emperor who conquered countries and established his rule in the 13th and 14th centuries, is regarded as the world’s “greenest invader.” His motives were murderous, but they actually aided the environment. According to the study “The Holocene,” this barbaric Mongol emperor slaughtered so many people during his gruesome invasions that a whole region of land became depopulated and then developed into forests. During Genghis Khan’s raids, an estimated 40 million people were killed, allowing the Mongol emperor to extend his rule to 22 per cent of the Earth’s total area. According to the Carnegie Institution’s Department of Global Ecology, this resulted in vast agricultural land returning to the forest, absorbing an estimated 700 million tonnes of carbon from the atmosphere.
The 700 million tonnes of carbon was the same amount generated annually by the worldwide consumption of petrol. The Carnegie research looked at the carbon footprint of many historical occurrences that resulted in a significant number of deaths. The Black Death in Europe, the fall of China’s Ming Dynasty, and the invasion of the Americas were all studied. Many of these occurrences have in common the extensive return of forests after a time of mass depopulation. The bloody Mongol invasion, on the other hand, stood out right away for its tenacity. And this is how Khan, who wiped out entire villages on many occasions, was able to remove more emissions from the atmosphere than any other dictator.