I was recently turned on to a project called Drawdown and read about it yesterday morning on their website. There is a book which I have not read yet, several good videos on the website – ranging from short interviews with Paul Hawkin – the founder, to an hour long one that describes the project in much more detail.
There is a wonderful list of the top 100 Solutions to Reverse Global Warming. All of it was so positive and hopeful that I felt compelled to share it with you. I think many of us are already aware of the direness of our global situation and because so much of the news we get is simply scary, it generates a feeling of hopelessness in many of us. Perhaps it is that feeling of hopelessness that keeps people from doing the simple things like replacing plastic bags with their own cloth bags at stores.
It seems critically important that we understand that it is NOT hopeless – that there are things we are already doing that can work if they are supported and expanded upon. Finding a few of these that interest and excite you, and giving them your attention and support truly can make a positive difference.
I made a list below of all the solutions they listed that are already some part of the permaculture movement… things you may be doing on your own plot of land. It’s good to be reminded that you are not just helping yourself and your family with this work – but are helping to reverse global warming.
Here are just a few that are related to gardening, growing food and permaculture – with the rating number and a link to the small article:
Here is the little write-up on #11…
#11 – REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURE
Conventional wisdom has long held that the world cannot be fed without chemicals and synthetic fertilizers. Evidence points to a new wisdom: The world cannot be fed unless the soil is fed. Regenerative agriculture enhances and sustains the health of the soil by restoring its carbon content, which in turn improves productivity—just the opposite of conventional agriculture.
Regenerative agricultural practices include:
- no tillage,
- diverse cover crops,
- in-farm fertility (no external nutrients),
- no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers, and
- multiple crop rotations.
Together, these practices increase carbon-rich soil organic matter. The result: vital microbes proliferate, roots go deeper, nutrient uptake improves, water retention increases, plants are more pest resistant, and soil fertility compounds. Farms are seeing soil carbon levels rise from a baseline of 1 to 2 percent up to 5 to 8 percent over ten or more years, which can add up to 25 to 60 tons of carbon per acre.
It is estimated that at least 50 percent of the carbon in the earth’s soils has been released into the atmosphere over the past centuries. Bringing that carbon back home through regenerative agriculture is one of the greatest opportunities to address human and climate health, along with the financial well-being of farmers.