As we listen to the speakers, weigh the options, evaluate the strategies and solutions here at the COP22 Climate Summit, we’re encouraged that the role of regenerative agriculture and land use is at least finding its way into the climate change conversation.
But we need to turn up the volume. Sooner, rather than later.
In a sobering news report today, scientists warn that global warming may be escalating so fast it could be “game over” soon:
New research suggests the Earth's climate could be more sensitive to greenhouse gases than thought, raising the spectre of an 'apocalyptic side of bad' temperature rise of more than 7C within a lifetime.
This news will no doubt generate more talk about how we reduce fossil fuel emissions. Great, we need to do that. But if we don’t focus at least that much attention, or more, on the other 50 percent of the solution—drawing down and sequestering carbon through regenerative agriculture and land-use practices, we’re doomed. Simple as that.
On the other hand, if we wise up and start scaling up this shovel-ready solution, we have a chance to avert a climate disaster. At the same time, we’ll also address the multiple, and inter-related problems of deteriorating public health, world hunger, water scarcity and water pollution, and broken local economies.
We’ve featured this video before. But in light of this latest climate news, and in the context of our participation in the COP22 Climate Summit, here it is again.