PODCAST POSTED: Wildoak Living July 21 - GRASS, SOIL, Hope: Journey through Carbon Country - COURTNEY WHITE
HERE IS A RECORDING of Johanna “Wildoak's" July 21 interview with Courtney White, author of Grass, Soil, Hope: A Journey through Carbon Country, with a foreword by Michael Pollan. http://media.kzyx.org/mp3/wildoak/.
There may be a 75% chance that this summer will be the hottest on record. That’s why White’s soil-based prescription for cooling climate change
may prove welcome news.
Last year, the CO2 level in our atmosphere eclipsed 400 parts per million for the first time in five million years. Scientists seem to agree that a habitable CO2 level is around 350 ppm. Researchers furthermore project that, given our current path, we will near 600-700 ppm by the end of the century.
In the face of such news, is there any reason to sustain hope? Is there any meaningful action we can take? That's what city boy-turned-carbon rancher White asked. What he found over the past two decades is that there is a way to take carbon out of the atmosphere and bind it to the soil.
In his book Grass, Soil, Hope, White lays out the science and practice. He argues that we all have a stake in this work and that we all--
from gardeners to ranchers, countryfolk to urban dwellers--can and must contribute to it.
By expanding the use of low-tech efforts already employed around the globe-- such as no-till farming, composting, restoring watersheds and producing local food--we might be able to make a critical difference.
A former Sierra Club activist who dropped out of what he calls the "conflict industry," White has since helped found the Quivira Coalition, a non-profit dedicated to building bridges between ranchers, conservationists, public land managers, scientists and others around the idea of land health. By starting Quivira, he waded into the middle of the grazing wars rampant in the West in a deliberate attempt to create a "third position" outside the continuum of combat.
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