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Regenerative Agriculture in the Face of Climate Change
As co-inhabitants of this earth, we face unparalleled threats to life as we know it due to human-induced changes in our climate. We are witnessing global warming, wild fluctuations in climate including more frequent and unpredictable natural disasters, rising sea levels, species die off and more.
Societal inequality causes marginalized people to experience the worst byproducts of climate change. Shifts in agriculture, forestry, and conservation practices towards soil health represent opportunities for creating climate resilience for those directly engaged in these activities. They also are an opportunity to be part of climate change mitigation.
This is a discussion of how we mitigate climate change through agriculture, adapt to changes in the climate, and address the inequities of a current and growing “climate apartheid,” specifically by following the leadership and guidance of Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) leaders in the movement for regenerative climate solutions.
Climate Apartheid- a scenario where the wealthy pay for carbon credits or other ways to circumvent climate and carbon regulations and are able to escape overheating, hunger and conflict while those unable to pay are left to suffer.
Carbon Sequestration- the process of capturing and storing atmospheric carbon dioxide to slow or reduce atmospheric CO2 pollution to mitigate climate change.
Carbon Sink- a forest, ocean, or other natural environment viewed in terms of its ability to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
- What type of carbon market programs have YOU seen to work well…
-To support farmers and ranchers?
-To reduce risk/burden for low-income and communities of color?
- What have you noticed about how climate change affects the land where you stand/live?
- What types of ways could your local/regional level to support/incentivize/monetize carbon removal?
- How can we disincentivize systems of “climate apartheid”?
- Legislative requirements vs. Voluntary entry, does this how affect soil carbon markets will be perceived and used? Share how.
- How have you leveraged your own resources to specifically uplift and include marginalized voices? How do you heed the call of BIPOC leaders in climate action and regenerative agriculture?
- How does my work connect with this?
- How could my work connect more deeply into this space?
- Are there concepts/ideologies from this plenary that I should shape my work going forward?
- Conversely, are there concepts/ideologies in the way that I currently work that need to let go of? What will it take to do so?
Organizations/Projects to Check Out:
Youth United for Climate Crisis Action (YUCCA) from Earth Care, Santa Fe, NM
Quivira Coalition’s Carbon Ranch Initiative, which includes links to plenty of additional resources
As Long as Grass Grows – Dina Gilio-Whitaker
Emergent Possibilities for Global Sustainability: Intersections of Race, Class, and Gender – Phoebe Godfrey & Denise Torres
All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis – Essay Collection Edited by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson & Katharine Keeble Wilkinson
Convergence (p. 3)
The New Ranch Handbook: A Guide to Restoring Western Rangelands – downloadable pdf
Anti-racism in the Environmental Movement – TedX Talk
Agricultural Education: A Love Story – TedX Talk from Yolanda Owens
Agriculture & the global climate debate – podcast episode from the Food and Agriculture
Nori Podcasts – Carbon removal and climate change focused
Natural Resource Conservation Service grants, USDA
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