We have 10 years to Make a Change and
the Climate Crisis
Permaculture restores land by preventing erosion, building up the soil volume, enriching soil with nutrients, desalinizing and remediating toxic soil.
Food forests and regenerative agriculture sequester carbon. According to Drawdown, food forests can be integrated into some existing agricultural systems and others can be converted or restored to it. If adopted on an additional 46 million acres of land by 2050, from the current 247 million acres, 9.3 gigatons of carbon dioxide could be sequestered. This roughly amounts to China’s total carbon dioxide emissions in 2015.
Applying sustainable land management (SLM) practices helps to combat desertification. It also helps to recover and rehabilitate land, soil, water and vegetation. Sustainable land management refers to the multi-functional use of land, and is contrasted to mono-functional land uses. The application of SLM has been shown to increase yields by between 30-170%. Desertification and degradation caused by mono-functional land use, represents an income loss of US $42 billion per year.
If we don't Act Now!
Arid Lands Increase
Drylands take up 41.3% of the land surface. Today, water scarcity affects between 1-2 billion people, most of them in the drylands. Under the climate change scenario, nearly half of the world's population in 2030 will be living in areas of high water stress. In some arid and semi-arid areas, it will displace up to between 24 million and 700 million people.
Loss of Topsoil
"The estimate is that we are now losing about 1 percent of our topsoil every year to erosion, most of this caused by agriculture." The United States is losing soil at a rate 10 times faster than the soil replenishment rate while China and India are losing soil 30 to 40 times faster.
Agriculture Productivity Decreases
Each degree Celsius increase in global mean temperature would, on average, pare global yields of wheat by 6%, rice by 3.2%, maize by 7.4% and soybean by 3.1%.
Climate crisis will cause more heat waves, droughts, water shortages, floods, loss of biodiversity, fires, extreme weather, invasive species, sea level rise, heat-related illness, vector-borne disease, food insecurity, economic impacts.
Help Us Grow!
With your generous support we can:
Teach more workshops in person and online through our Arids Land Permaculture Training Program.
Build Online Video Courses for Sustainable Living with Permaculture
Teach and inspire hundreds of high school and university groups through our hands-on Youth Empowerment Program
Host more inspired young people through our Permaculture in Action Internship
Continue teaching women sustainable farming through Women Grow Food Program
Any amount helps us get closer to our goal.
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