While most nations, including the US, have pledged to reach zero net Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions by 2050, more and more countries, regions, and municipalities are pledging to reach this goal by 2030.
And of course by carbon neutrality we’re not just talking about more excess atmospheric carbon stored in trees, plants, and soils, but also increased soil fertility, soil moisture, biodiversity, and elimination of poverty among the world’s three billion small farmers, herders, forest dwellers, indigenous, and rural communities, who suffer the most from poverty, malnutrition, forced migration, violence, and war.
Bhutan (with 100% organic agriculture) has already moved beyond net zero to being “carbon negative,” to actually drawing down and sequestering more CO2 than it emits. Uruguay is now on track for carbon neutrality by 2030, while Norway’s current goal is also 2030.
As we pointed out last week, Mexico and many of the world’s predominately arid and semi-arid countries (40% of the world’s lands) can achieve zero net emissions, and in fact can become carbon negative, by deploying the new organic and regenerative Agave agroforestry system, which the OCA and Mexican small farmers are developing, on a fraction (1 to 2 percent in Mexico) of degraded farm, pasture, and desert lands.