Grass, Soil, Hope

A Journey Through Carbon Country

Author: Courtney White

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

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Category: Science

Page: 244

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Explores the impact an increase in the carbon content in soil would have on greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere, and offers ways to accomplish this.

Two Percent Solutions for the Planet

50 Low-Cost, Low-Tech, Nature-Based Practices for Combatting Hunger, Drought, and Climate Change

Author: Courtney White

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

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Category: Environmental protection

Page: 240

View: 754

Two Percent Solutions for the Planet profiles fifty innovative practices that soak up carbon dioxide in soils, reduce energy use, sustainably intensify food production, and increase water quality. The “two percent” refers to: the amount of new carbon in the soil needed to reap a wide variety of ecological and economic benefits; the percentage of the nation’s population who are farmers and ranchers; and the low financial cost (in terms of GDP) needed to get this work done. As White explained in Grass, Soil, Hope, a highly efficient carbon cycle captures, stores, releases, and recaptures biochemical energy, mitigating climate change, increasing water storage capacities in soil, and making green plants grow. Best of all, we don’t have to invent anything new—a wide variety of innovative ideas and methods that put carbon back into the soil have been field-tested and proven to be practical and profitable. They’re mostly low-tech, too, relying on natural resources such as sunlight, green plants, animals, compost, beavers, creeks, and more. In Two Percent Solutions for the Planet, White expands what he calls the “regenerative toolbox,” to include holistic grazing, edible forests, biochar, weed-eating livestock, food co-ops, keyline plowing, restoration agriculture, bioenergy, aquaponics, animal power, Farm Hack, bees, bears, wildlife corridors, rainwater harvesting, native seeds, and various other projects from across the United States, as well as in Canada, Europe, and Australia. These short, engaging success stories will help readers connect the dots between diverse, exciting, and pragmatic practices, and inspire them to dig deeper into each individual story and concept, energized by the news that solutions abound.

The Carbon Farming Solution

A Global Toolkit of Perennial Crops and Regenerative Agriculture Practices for Climate Change Mitigation and Food Security

Author: Eric Toensmeier

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

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Category: Science

Page: 512

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With carbon farming, agriculture ceases to be part of the climate problem and becomes a critical part of the solution Agriculture is rightly blamed as a major culprit of our climate crisis. But in this groundbreaking new book, Eric Toensmeier argues that agriculture—specifically, the subset of practices known as “carbon farming”—can, and should be, a linchpin of a global climate solutions platform. Carbon farming is a suite of agricultural practices and crops that sequester carbon in the soil and in aboveground biomass. Combined with a massive reduction in fossil fuel emissions—and in concert with adaptation strategies to our changing environment— carbon farming has the potential to bring us back from the brink of disaster and return our atmosphere to the “magic number” of 350 parts per million of carbon dioxide. Toensmeier’s book is the first to bring together these powerful strategies in one place, including in-depth analysis of the available research and, where research is lacking, a discussion of what it will take to get us there. Carbon farming can take many forms. The simplest practices involve modifications to annual crop production. Although many of these modifications have relatively low sequestration potential, they are widely applicable and easily adopted, and thus have excellent potential to mitigate climate change if practiced on a global scale. Likewise, grazing systems such as silvopasture are easily replicable, don’t require significant changes to human diet, and—given the amount of agricultural land worldwide that is devoted to pasture—can be important strategies in the carbon farming arsenal. But by far, agroforestry practices and perennial crops present the best opportunities for sequestration. While many of these systems are challenging to establish and manage, and would require us to change our diets to new and largely unfamiliar perennial crops, they also offer huge potential that has been almost entirely ignored by climate crusaders. Many of these carbon farming practices are already implemented globally on a scale of millions of hectares. These are not minor or marginal efforts, but win-win solutions that provide food, fodder, and feedstocks while fostering community self-reliance, creating jobs, protecting biodiversity, and repairing degraded land—all while sequestering carbon, reducing emissions, and ultimately contributing to a climate that will remain amenable to human civilization. Just as importantly to a livable future, these crops and practices can contribute to broader social goals such as women’s empowerment, food sovereignty, and climate justice. The Carbon Farming Solution does not present a prescription for how cropland should be used and is not, first and foremost, a how-to manual, although following up on references in a given section will frequently provide such information. Instead, The Carbon Farming Solution is—at its root—a toolkit. It is the most complete collection of climate-friendly crops and practices currently available. With this toolkit, farmers, communities, and governments large and small, can successfully launch carbon farming projects with the most appropriate crops and practices to their climate, locale, and socioeconomic needs. Toensmeier’s ultimate goal is to place carbon farming firmly in the center of the climate solutions platform, alongside clean solar and wind energy. With The Carbon Farming Solution, Toensmeier wants to change the discussion, impact policy decisions, and steer mitigation funds to the research, projects, and people around the world who envision a future where agriculture becomes the protagonist in this fraught, urgent, and unprecedented drama of our time. Citizens, farmers, and funders will be inspired to use the tools presented in this important new book to transform degraded lands around the world into productive carbon-storing landscapes.

The Age of Consequences

A Chronicle of Concern and Hope

Author: Courtney White

Publisher: Counterpoint

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Category: Nature

Page: 256

View: 931

Our planet is approaching a critical environmental juncture. Across the globe we continue to deplete the five pools of carbon – soil, wood, coal, oil, and natural gas – at an unsustainable rate. We’ve burned up half the planet’s known reserves of oil – one trillion barrels – in less than a century. When these sources of energy-rich carbon go into severe decline, as they surely will, society will follow. Former archeologist and Sierra Club activist Courtney White calls this moment the Age of Consequences—a time when the worrying consequences of our environmental actions– or inaction – have begun to raise unavoidable and difficult questions. How should we respond? What are effective (and realistic) solutions? In exploring these questions, White draws on his formidable experience as an environmentalist and activist as well as his experience as a father to two children living through this vital moment in time. As a result, The Age of Consequences is a book of ideas and action, but it is also a chronicle of personal experience. Readers follow White as he travels the country --- from Kansas to Los Angeles, New York City, Italy, France, Yellowstone, and New England.

حصاد من أجل الأمل : الدليل إلى غذاء واع

Harvest for Hope: A Guide to Mindful Eating

Author: Jane Goodall

Publisher: العبيكان للنشر

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Category: Social Science

Page: 373

View: 824

"إن كنت ترغب في أن تعي مجدداً متعة الأكل، معجزة الطعام، والقوة التي يملكها كل واحد منا من خلال الطريقة التي نحيا بها حياتنا، قدم لنفسك خدمة. احصل على نسخة من كتاب (حصاد من أجل الأمل)؛ أنا أعدك بأن حياتك سوف تتغير بطرق لا تحصى، وجميعها للأفضل... إنه أحد تلك الكتب العظيمة النادرة بحق والتي بإمكانها تغيير العالم. - جون روبنز، مؤلف كتاب (ثورة الطعام) وكتاب (غذاء من أجل أميركا جديدة). تقوم جين غودول في كتاب (حصاد من أجل الأمل) بإقناعنا بأنه يتوجب علينا أن نقيم علاقة جديدة مع الطعام، علاقة تكون ملهمة ولذيذة، وتحافظ في الوقت ذاته على التقاليد وتشكل عملاً من أعمال الحماية. - أليس ووترز، مؤلفة كتاب (فاكهة شي بانيس) وكتاب (خضراوات شي بانيس). أُحب هذا الكتاب؛ إن روح جين غودول السخية والمرحة تطغى على كل صفحة آسرة منه. (حصاد من أجل الأمل) حافل بالملاحظات التي توسع آفاق العقل... إنه نداء شخصي لطيف لإيقاظنا وهو يقول لنا أن بإمكاننا استعادة حكمة أجسادنا. - فرانسيس مورلاپي، مؤلفة كتاب (حد الأمل) و(غذاء من أجل كوكب صغير). إن لم تكن قد فكرت في الطعام الذي تتناوله والخيارات التي تقوم بها - وحتى وإن كنت قد فعلت - فهذا كتاب مهم يجب أن تقرأه. - ديبورا ماديسون، مؤلفة كتاب (الطهي النباتي للجميع) و(نكهات محلية: الطهي والأكل من أسواق مزارعي أميركا). مدخل شفاف إلى عالم الطعام، حافل بالحكايا، يكشف كيف يؤثر إنتاج طعامنا علينا وكيف تؤثر خياراتنا على البيئة... اعتبر هذا الكتاب قائمة التسوق الخاصة بك. - بول هوكن، مؤلف كتاب (علم بيئة التجارة) أنت تسنح لك الفرصة لتغيير كوكب الأرض ثلاث مرات يومياً. أنت بوسعك أن تغيره باعتماد طرق مهمة، إذا ما اتبعت فقط بعض النصائح الحكيمة لهذا الكتاب. - بيل ماكبين، مؤلف كتاب (البيت المتجول: مسيرة طويلة عبر أكثر المشاهد الطبيعية مدعاة للتفاؤل) جين غودول: هي المرجع الأول في العالم لقردة الشمبانزي. وشخصية عالمية معروفة من دعاة المحافظة على الموارد الطبيعية. أنشأت مؤسسة جين غودول، وحازت على جوائز متميزة عدة في المجالات العلمية. والدكتورة غودول هي أيضاً مؤلفة كتب كثيرة لاقت استحساناً بما فيها الكتاب الأكثر رواجاً (داعٍ للأمل). المؤلفة الرئيسة لهذا الكتاب هي ( جين غودول) المعروفة دوليًّا بأم الشمبانزي؛ نظرًا لدراستها المتعمقة له ولاهتمامها الكبير بمصيره. وإذا كان الشمبانزي هو مدخل هذه الناشطة والعالمة الكبيرة للاهتمام بالبيئة والغذاء، إلا أنها في هذا الكتاب ـ ومعها مؤلفان مشاركان ـ تتقدم خطوات أبعد لتطرح السؤال البيئي الأشمل: (كيف يمكننا تغيير عالم تُتَّخَذ فيه القرارات التي تؤثر في صحتنا وصحة كوكبنا من أجل أن تقدم الشركات الجشعة بيان النمو الاقتصادي في الاجتماع القادم لحملة الأسهم؟). والكتاب بأسلوبه البسيط، المفعم بالمشاعر، وعبر 19 فصلاً، هو محاولة للإجابة عن هذا السؤال المهم وعن عشرات غيره، وهو نداء صارخ للملايين من اللامبالين. وبرنامج عمل عام، أو نافذة وعي لنا جميعًا؛ لعلنا نستطيع أن نعيد ارتباطنا بالطبيعة التي نحن جزء منها، وبالطعام الذي نأكله بوصفه نظامًا غذائيًا يعتمد بصورة أكبر على الطبيعة، ولاسيما في هذه المرحلة الحرجة من التاريخ البشري حيث نوشك على تبديد أو تسميم جميع الموارد الغذائية التي تمدنا بالحياة خلال نصف القرن المقبل. العبيكان للنشر