- The Climate Crisis is Serious - very serious - but there is a lot we can do about it now!
- Although there is not much time left - we can do two things immediately: reduce emissions and remove greenhouse gasses from the atmosphere
- Oceans are rising faster each year with glaciers everywhere and two giant Antarctic ice sheets melting
- Over 50 million people have been displaced already and the numbers are growing
- The Pentagon considers Climate Change to be one of the biggest threats to US security
- Only by removing carbon from the atmosphere can we buy the time to switch from fossil fuels
- Biological farming can sequester enough carbon in our soils to reverse climate change
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Science versus Public Opinion
The last decade has seen public opinion swing back and forth about the Climate Crisis like the ball in a tennis match. On one side we have 98% of the top scientists in the field (who are not experts in PR) and on the other side we have the fossil fuel lobby (who are very good at PR).
So what does the real science tell us besides the threat of a destabilized global climate and the massive displacement of coastal communities as ocean levels rise?
The first thing it tells us is that there is at least a 50 year lag time with climate change, the excess carbon dioxide we emit can stay in the atmosphere for thousands of years. This is due to the buffering effect of natural systems. So if we stopped all industrial greenhouse gas emissions now, it would take at least 50 years to reap the benefits unless we remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.
This means that we have much less time to act.
We are rapidly approaching two major tipping points:
Once these processes reach a certain level of emission into the atmosphere they will lead to runaway, irreversible, climate change with rapidly rising ocean levels (we have seen a 9 inch rise along the East coast of the USA already and the rate is increasing annually).
- The melting permafrost in the Arctic Circle is releasing methane which is 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas.
- The massive deposits of methane hydrates under the oceans are dissolving and releasing increasing amounts of methane. It is estimated that when this process peaks it will result in 100 to 500 times more greenhouse gas in the atmosphere than is released annually from industrial and agricultural activity.
So how much time do we have?
Scientists are predicting that unless we reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% within the next few decades we will trigger these tipping points. It is clear that our best efforts will not achieve this unless a far greater commitment than we have seen from governments is forthcoming.
However, we do have a way to avoid these tipping points. If we physically remove as much carbon from the atmosphere each year as industrial activity is putting in, we will avoid the worst case scenario. This can be done by using biological farming methods globally, which sequester larger amounts of carbon in the soil than any other form of agriculture. In this way agriculture, which is currently the worst offender, can become the savior of the planet, while cleaning our water and providing food with a full complement of nutrients.
This is what the Fair Carbon Exchange is about.
We are channeling funds from corporations and individuals to the farmers and ranchers so that they can make the switch to biological methods now.