Put Carbon in the Ground

Reverse Climate Change by Growing Soil

 

The Put Carbon in the Ground Campaign is part of the second phase of the Regenerate New Solutions Campaign, in which 55 towns in Vermont passed Climate Solution Resolutions. 

Some of the most powerful tools for climate justice are right below us–in the soil! We can transition off fossil fuels and draw down the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere. We can address a major problem–too much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere heating up the planet–by supporting soil health solutions for the climate crisis and many other social justice and ecological issues that the world is facing. The excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere can be sequestered in plants and healthy soil that cool the planet, clean the air and water, and provide good food. We can promote these solutions in ways that contribute to sustainable livelihoods and to thriving, just communities for all of us. 

Climate scientists are in agreement that it is equally important to transition away from fossil fuels as it is to sequester excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.  One of the key methods identified by the IPCC to draw down the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere is a large-scale transition to regenerative agricultural and land care practices.

350VT’s new Put Carbon in the Ground Campaign is a community-driven campaign focused on building a grassroots movement to support a just transition to climate-friendly practices for growing food and relating to the land.

This campaign is about implementing concrete actions that will help reverse the effects of climate change. Industrial agriculture is a leading contributor to climate change, and relies heavily on the use of fossil fuels, contributes to deforestation and the loss of ecosystem biodiversity, degrades soil, and contaminates water. Transitioning to a regenerative organic agricultural system will mitigate the impacts of climate change, limit food insecurity, support food sovereignty, reduce fossil fuel use, improve ecosystem health, create more resiliency, and draw carbon from the atmosphere. Regenerative agriculture can also mitigate the amount of CO2 and N2O that is being released into the atmosphere. 

To get involved please check out the Put Carbon Into the Ground Toolkit This toolkit has everything you need to know about starting a regenerative agriculture project in your community, including strategies, policies, and possible first steps.

 

350VT’s new Put Carbon in the Ground Campaign is community-driven, aiming to build a grassroots movement that will build a food and land care system based on the principles of growing soil health. 350VT is urging communities and individuals around the state to take part in the Pledge and maintain the principles of regenerative agriculture in their farming and land care practices.

The Put Carbon in the Ground Pledge is a way for us to highlight what is happening surrounding the campaign. Take the pledge and tell us what you are doing or plan to do.

 

Resources to Get You Started!

Here is an informational brochure that summarizes some of the ways you or your community can engage in the campaign. Feel free to print this and distribute it around your community.

There are countless books, documentaries, and lectures discussing the environmental benefits of regenerative agriculture. 350VT compiled sharable resources to guide the process. You can also find some resources more directly below:

Books

Dirt to Soil

Gabe Brown’s book explains to readers how a series of crop failures led him to explore regenerative agriculture, offering innovative solutions for growing soil, restoring the health of our ecosystems, and making a profit from a family farm.

Call of the Reed Warbler

Written by author and farmer Charles Massy, Call of the Reed Warbler tells the story of how regenerative agriculture can reinvigorate the connection between our soil and health. It is a story of a grassroots revolution to save the planet, detailing stories of innovative farmers working to build healthy communities.

The Soil Will Save Us

Kristin Ohlson demonstrates how utilizing an ecological approach to agriculture can not only heal the land but also convert atmospheric carbon into soil carbon for our farms–while simultaneously benefiting the planet.

Videos

Ray Archuleta is a certified professional soil scientist, who outlines in these videos general information about soil health, crop diversity, and soil techniques.

Christine Mason, an organic farm manager, explains how regenerative farming is the key to sustainability and responsible farming.

Two soil scientists, Dr. Christine Jones and Elaine Ingham, offer farming and land management techniques that bring carbon back to the soil.

Websites

The Vermont Healthy Soils Coalition represents grassroots activists, organizations and businesses working to restore soil health in Vermont, with the goal of shifting how people interact with the land, to build stronger communities and a healthier planet.

The Northeast Organic Farming Association promotes soil carbon restoration, with the aim of mitigating climate change, and improving the security of our food systems.

At Soil Carbon Coalition, their current project is the Soil Carbon Challenge, an international “competition” that encourages farmers to see how fast they can turn atmospheric carbon into healthy soil carbon. 

The Organic Consumers Association exists to protect consumers’ right to safe, healthy food, and provides ample information about the topics of regenerative agriculture.

Raise the Blade explains the connection between lawn health and our waterways.

Agricultural/food justice goes hand in hand with climate justice. Addressing our own land care practices is critical, but equally important is considering how food is produced, how farmworkers are treated, and supporting food sovereignty of farmers in communities in the US and around the world.  Check out the work of Migrant Justice, Soul Fire Farm and Via Campesina 

You can also learn more about regenerative agriculture and the carbon potential here