We are investing huge amounts of money and resources into marketplaces and technology to manage climate change, from methane digesters and wind turbines to electric vehicles, stack scrubbers and more. This is fine, but we are not concentrating enough on the two greatest tools we will ever have in managing climate change: healthy plants and healthy soils, the domain of farmers and ranchers.
Even as they bear the brunt of the mostly negative effects of climate change, farmers and ranchers are our greatest human resource. As stewards, they can manage food-producing lands in a way that technology or carbon credit marketplaces cannot. Changing how we grow our food, graze our animals and manage our forests will not only pull carbon out of the atmosphere and into healthy plants and soils, but it also increases the productivity of food-producing land. Healthy soil retains more water and constantly regenerates its own fertility, which results in yet healthier plants, animals and ecosystems. Nothing on earth made of metal and plastic is going to be better in managing climate change and greening environments than healthy plants and soils, so let's invest in this, not tech.
This extensive report looks at the challenge of excessive carbon in the atmosphere and how carbon can be sequestered into the terrestrial carbon storage through various land management practices and projects on Restoration Oaks Ranch.