Current levels of atmospheric carbon are so dangerously high that we cannot chose between reducing emissions and sequestering carbon. We must do both. Agriculture is the only sector that has the ability to transform from a net emitter of CO2 (producing about 10% of U.S. Emissions) to a net reducer of CO2.
If the world's agricultural land were managed so that it were to gain soil carbon rather than lose it, an increase of only 0.4% soil organic carbon woud effectively offset 20-35% o global anthropgenic greenhouse gas emissions http://bit.ly./Miinasny .
Come learn about the science from Bill Moomaw, Emeritus Professor of International Environmental Policy and Founding Director of the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at The Fletcher School. He currently serves as Co-Director of the Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts, which he co-founded. He received his BA degree in chemistry from Williams College and PhD in physical chemistry from MIT. Following a 26-year career in chemistry and environmental studies at Williams College, where he directed the Center for Environmental Studies. He served as AAAS Science Fellow in the US Senate, where he worked on legislation that successfully addressed ozone depletion, and on legislation responding to the 1973 energy crisis. He began working on climate change in 1988 as the first director of the climate program at World Resources Institute in Washington. He has been a lead author of five Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Reports. The IPCC shared the Nobel Peace Prize for its climate work in 2007.
He serves on the boards of directors of The Nature Conservancy of Massachusetts, the Consensus Building Institute, Earthwatch Institute, and on the National Advisory Board of the Union of Concerned Scientists. He chairs the boards of The Climate Group North America and Woods Hole Research Center.
He and his wife, Margot, completed a zero net energy home in Williamstown MA in 2007 that produces sufficient solar electricity to meet all of its heating, lighting and appliance requirements while exporting surplus power to the grid.
Come hear about regenerative agriculture from Northeast Organic Farmer Caro Roszel, who has over ten years experience working in farming and food security. Her farming experience includes full- time apprenticeships on mechanized tillage farms, assistant managing a 30-acre organic farm, and, for the past three years, starting and running her own no-till, small-scale CSA farm. She also manages the Soil Carbon Technical Assistance program for NOFA/Mass as well as the organization’s three-year Conservation Innovation Grant, the curriculum for the NOFA Winter Conference and the year-round Education Events.
Come hear about pending legislation & how you can get involved from Karl Thidemann, cofounder of Soil4Climate and a co-founder of Somerville Climate Action. Karl serves on the board of the Somerville Community Growing Center, a quarter-acre urban oais offering artistic, cultural, and educational programming in an organic garden setting. He has experience in the environmental laboratory filed, and marketed electric vehicles for the company that evolved out of MIT's Solar Car Team, His focus is climate communications, including poetry. Karl holds a B.A. in chemisty from Wesleyan University.
Soil4Climate joins this event as a co-sponsor. Thank you!
As we kick off BASG's 10th year, please join us to connect with old friends, meet new ones and learn what you can do to help. September 4th is the Massachusetts state primary and special election day for some - be sure to vote!
Looking forward to seeing you all soon! Carol, Holly, Tilly and Eric