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Crowdfunding Campaign Launched for Conference on Restoring Ecosystems to Reverse Global Warming
Biodiversity for a Livable Climate seeks funding for November gathering at Tufts University focused on using nature's powers of regeneration to stabilize climate.
More than twenty-five experts and specialists are scheduled as presenters and panelists in the two-and-a-half-
BLC Executive Director Adam Sacks states, “This conference will convene a wide range of speakers, from academics to land managers to activists, to bring the power of biological restoration front and center in the climate conversation.”
The central focus of the conference is soil carbon, and the urgent need to capture excess atmospheric carbon in the soils. This approach is gaining wider acceptance, including broad support among advocates of eco-restoration and organic agriculture. It goes beyond mitigation and adaptation, and seeks to achieve the actual reversal of climate change.
In contrast to struggling conventional efforts to reduce emissions from fossil fuels, the conference’s focus on the biosphere is presented as positive and hopeful. The weekend's organizers emphasize that benefits of increased soil carbon include expanded food and water security, return of biodiversity and an active soil food web, re-establishment of healthy water cycles and drought prevention, reversal of desertification, and revitalization of local communities and economies worldwide.
Author Judith Schwartz, one of the conference organizers, will be a presenter as well. She says, “When we look at climate and other environmental challenges, one thing we never talk about is nature’s desire to heal itself.” Schwartz’s 2013 book, Cows Save the Planet (published by Chelsea Green), has been one of the inspirations for the event. Schwartz wrote about many of the climate-healing issues to be addressed at the conference.
High on the agenda is to emerge with a concrete action plan that can be disseminated widely and jumpstart a new climate conversation, one that includes coordinated and dedicated action on soil carbon sinks as well as emissions reductions.
The crowdfunding campaign is hosted by Indiegogo at https://www.indiegogo.com/
More information about the conference, with links for registration, can be found at http://bio4climate.org/
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