Regenerative food, farm, forest, energy, and conservation practices, in combination, can quickly stop global warming.
My 2020 book, Grassroots Rising, (Chelsea Green Publishing) lays out a “Roadmap for Regeneration” in the US between 2020 and 2030, whereby regenerative and organic food, farming, and land use, deployed on approximately 20% of the 1.9 billion acres of US farmland, pasture, rangelands, forest lands, and urban environments, in combination with a transition to alternative energy and energy conservation (reducing emissions by 45-60%), can enable us to reach zero net emissions by 2030.
Now leading global climate experts such as Michael Mann (Penn State) and Joeri Rogelj (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) have announced that previous estimations of the “long time lag” between reaching zero net emissions and literally stopping the rise in global warming were vastly overestimated. Scientists and climate analysts have characterized this new model as a “game-changing new scientific understanding.”
This “game-changing” new scientific understanding tells us that if the global community can quickly reach zero net emissions before the oceans are saturated (within 10-30 years) and terrestrial soils and systems are irreversibly degraded, the oceans and terrestrial ecosystems have the capacity to draw down enough of the excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to literally stop all global warming within 10 years.