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Reversing Global Warming while Meeting Human Needs

by gmoke
Sat Jan 12th, 2013 at 05:51:00 PM EST

Reversing Global Warming while Meeting Human Needs: An Urgently Needed Land-Based Option
Friday, January 25, 2013
2:00 - 4:00 PM, ASEAN Auditorium
The Fletcher School, 160 Packard Avenue, Medford, MA
Reception to follow

Allan Savory, Rancher and Restoration Ecologist, Founder of the Savory Institute and originator of the Holistic Management approach to restoring grasslands, winner of the Buckminster Fuller Challenge Award, and finalist in the Virgin Earth Challenge
Presented by CIERP's Agriculture, Forests, and Biodiversity Program with the Friedman School's Agriculture, Food, and Environment Program and Planet-TECH Associates

Free and open to the public. Convened by the Agriculture, Forests, and Biodiversity Program of the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at Fletcher;
the Agriculture, Food, and Environment Program of Tufts' Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy; and Planet-TECH Associates.

First in a Series of "Creating the Future We Want" Events.

While  governments  posture and  dither, a pragmatic  practitioner and intellectual entrepreneur, Allan Savory,has been developing and demonstrating a powerful technique that can reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere immediately while reversing desertification and providing livelihoods and food for millions of people. His applied research based in Zimbabwe on the restoration of grasslands  has  now  been  replicated  on millions  of  acres worldwide. The application of his methods has the potential to significantly reduce atmospheric carbon through an increase in plant growth and soil formation. This process begins immediately and involves no new technologies, only a shift to the Holistic Management practices for livestock that he has pioneered. Major organizations and institutions are now recognizing his work, but climate scientists and governments have yet to incorporate it into their analyses and policy prescriptions.


Seth Itzkan, one of the organizers of this event, spent time in Zimbabwe with Allan Savory and his team in the Fall of 2011.  He has compiled a series of videos on his visit at

One of the things which appeals to me about Allan Savory's work is that his methods make a place for pastoralists among the "bottom billion," giving them an opportunity to improve their own lives while improving the land and the environment and the climate for us all.  More and more I believe that the solutions to climate change, the solutions to a predatory economic and social system must start by thinking about and working with the poorest first.  Let the relatively rich folks in the USA and the EU fend for themselves.  Start concentrating on the people who live on a dollar or two a day.  After all, if Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina taught us anything, it should be that even the wealthiest of us can find ourselves in emergency housing and situations in which paper money is useless at a moment's notice.

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Let the relatively rich folks in the USA and the EU fend for themselves.  Start concentrating on the people who live on a dollar or two a day.

Yes. There's a great deal to be done to improve food production in the poorest parts of the planet -- by the people, for the people, and not by unsustainable mega-projects run by outside capital.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sun Jan 13th, 2013 at 02:40:32 AM EST
Well, it depends what you mean by "let them fend for themselves".
The rich regions pollute enough that they will wipe out the effects of all those nice local efforts (which, of course, are important and should be undertaken) if they don't change their ways, while not facing existential challenges (current trends will be annoying even in temperate climates, but Bangladesh would cease to exist). And so far it has seemed that they would not change their ways absent some significant means of coercion.

So, the help should go to the poor. But something must be done to curb the activities of the rich.

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. Gandhi

by Cyrille (cyrillev domain on Sun Jan 13th, 2013 at 08:56:52 AM EST
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From my perspective in the USA, it seems that most of the developed world, the relatively rich, are thinking in terms of climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, at least in lip service.  India and China (and Indonesia) are the big wild cards.  The Chinese Communist Party has an official position that takes the environment and climate change into consideration.  They recognize that following in the path of the USA or EU means we have to find another Earth or two to provide that kind of "prosperity."

Short term climate forces like black carbon and tropospheric ozone can make a big difference and provide ancillary benefits in terms of health and economics that makes the North/South who pays? argument moot.

The EU and USA should get on board with an aggressive zero emissions industrial and economic policy (but the USA doesn't do industrial policy) and begin to consider ecological design for climate change and other kinds of environmental remediation.  Allan Savory's work is an example of what could be possible.

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by gmoke on Sun Jan 13th, 2013 at 08:14:13 PM EST
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You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Sun Jan 13th, 2013 at 02:32:06 PM EST
if you like this diary, more here. ttle-Cause-or-Cure-for-Climate-Crisis

thanks gmoke, wonderful catch!

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by melo (melometa4(at) on Sun Jan 13th, 2013 at 08:32:41 PM EST

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