Reducing Carbon: the Simple Math

  • *ACTUALLY, I MADE A MISTAKE. I assumed The Glasgow Forest & Lands Declaration’s carbon reduction estimates were separate from “Smarter Crops & Meat” — aka, converting the world to Regenerative Agriculture. As Drs. Chazdon and Lawrence advised, and I just fathomed, “we don’t know what overlap might exist between Glasgow and Regenerative Ag” — because the world’s currently degenerative agricultural systems (as in life-destroying), are the #1 driver of deforestation emissions.
  • OK, GOOD. We’ll take Glasgow all the way out, then. And from there we have total clarity: converting the world to a Regenerative Agricultural system, alone — which is a profitable, food-commodity-and-jobs generating foundational element of everything important to us — doing that alone, would stop us from entering into catastrophic climate change. Forget Mars. Mission: Earth.
  • Here’s a quick fix to this essay. The other pieces will be updated appropriately. Among the exceptionally positive aspects of this clarification, is the reality that prioritizing conversion to a globally-Regenerative Agricultural Economics would open the way for additional regenerative and stewardship economics and integrations worldwide.

Saving the Climate: this Decade

Saving the Climate: this Century

Taken from Global Priority Areas for Ecosystem Restoration (Strassburg, et al, 2020) and using their rates of CO2e absorption for “first 66 years” of natural regrowth.

Summing Up

  • Stopping deforestation in 137 countries
  • Starting forest, peatland, and wetland restoration on 711 million acres of degraded ecosystems
  • Improving cattle feed
  • Improving rice cultivation
  • Improving soil carbon sequestration
  • Improving biochar carbon sequestration
  • Reducing food waste
  • Reducing agricultural waste
  • Reducing beef consumption
  • Improving nutrient and manure management
  • Protecting and restoring the habitats of +70% of the most endangered species on Earth.

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