IPCC releases report for policy makers

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has released its latest report, Special Report on Climate Change and Land, that includes both warnings if we don’t act and clear recommendations for what must be done. There’s no need to wait for new technologies. We already know how to do what we need to do.

“We don’t need any new technologies, just making informed choices,” says McElwee in a press conference.

Those include choosing to end deforestation in the tropics and protecting peatlands and coastal wetlands, along with cutting food waste and reducing meat consumption. It means choosing to scale up sustainable farming practices so that more food can be grown, while increasing organic carbon in soils, and helping small farmers improve their livelihoods, while enhancing biodiversity.

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2019/08/ipcc-un-food-security/

You can help by doing the following:

  • Buy local, organic

  • Eat less beef and dairy (unless it comes from a regenerative agriculture operation)

  • Reduce food waste

  • Compost food scraps and use plant-based mulch in the garden

  • Avoid foods and wood products known to be associated with deforestation (eg, palm oil, tropical hardwoods)

  • Support non-profits that are restoring forests and soils

Darcy Hitchcock