This workshop is based on a very well written and timely article in the Guardian – admittedly from last September. Seth just retweeted it this morning. You might want to read the article itself. I recommend that you do. It’s not just a great article, Jason Hickel has packed it to the hilt with hard-hitting links.
That being said, you probably know enough from hanging out at the water cooler to ace the quizlet without further ado.
Every one of the past 14 months has broken the global temperature record. Ice cover in the Arctic sea just hit a new low, at over half a million square miles less than normal. We’ve already blown our chances of keeping global warming below the “safe” threshold of 1.5 degrees.
If we want to stay below the upper ceiling of 2 degrees, we need to start reducing emissions by a 8%–10% per year, from now until we reach “net zero” in 2050.
Efficiency improvements and clean energy technologies will only win us reductions of about 4% per year at most. Soil is the second biggest reservoir of carbon on the planet, next to the oceans. Soil holds four times more carbon than all the plants and trees in the world.
Deforestation and industrial farming –intensive ploughing, monoculture, chemical fertilisers and pesticides – is ruining our soils by killing the organic materials that they contain.
40% of agricultural soil is classed as “degraded” or “seriously degraded”. A third of the world’s farmland has been destroyed by Industrial Farming in the past four decades. As soils degrade, they lose the ability to hold carbon and release CO2 into the atmosphere.
As soils recover, using the techniques of regenerative farming, they not only regain their capacity to hold CO2, they begin to actively pull additional CO2 out of the atmosphere.
Potential rates of carbon sequestration from regenerative farming are estimated to be between 15% and 40%. Regenerative farming could capture more than 100% of global emissions. Regenerative farming may be our best shot at actually cooling the planet.
Feeding the world isn’t about higher yields; it’s about fairer distribution.
Global population is now estimated at 7 Billion people. We already grow enough food for 10 billion people. Regenerative farming has been found to actually increase crop yields over the long term by enhancing soil fertility and improving resilience against drought and flooding. As climate change makes farming more difficult, regenerative farming may be our best bet for food security too.
As usual, the first card jumpstarts Sensory Memory Systems (aka Attention) and the second card strengthens Long Term Memory with Retrieval Practice.
If you want to see what Regenerative Farming looks like, we have an awe inspiring video that you might enjoy.
FEATURED IMAGE CREDIT: Anthony Doudt