The great potential for climate change mitigation through shifting diets

I attended two side events throughout week 2 at COP, regarding the climate benefits of a shift to a plant based diet. I guess as a climate-driven-vegetarian and aspiring vegan I was interested in confirming my own actions by hearing about the most current science. I certainly left feeling self-assured, and comforted by the knowledge … Continue reading The great potential for climate change mitigation through shifting diets

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Land degradation and restoration: Brazil

We walk on it, we need it for agriculture, it’s the foundation of terrestrial biodiversity but still we take it for granted. We even know that soil has the highest potential in preserving carbon. But the pressure on soil is growing and we do not treat it properly in order to preserve it. We still … Continue reading Land degradation and restoration: Brazil

The contribution of land based Negative Emissions Technologies to achieveing the Paris Agreement: BECCS, Reforestation and Ecosystem Restoration

Side event: Forest restoration – our secret weapon for achieving in the Paris Agreement targets Obviously we were eager to find out about the secret weapon. The Indigenous Pavilion was completely packed so some of us loitered desperately out the front until we were handed a set of headphones with which we could listen from … Continue reading The contribution of land based Negative Emissions Technologies to achieveing the Paris Agreement: BECCS, Reforestation and Ecosystem Restoration

High Level event: Uniting for Climate Education

Yesterday was Education Day at COP23. During the first of various events that focused on Education, Patricia Espinosa (the Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC) and her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Hasna of Morocco (representing the Mohammed VI Foundation for Environmental Protection) signed a partnership to work together to promote climate education and increase public access … Continue reading High Level event: Uniting for Climate Education

Toward safe, effective, and sustainable use of negative emissions approaches

At COP 23 most ideas focus on reducing GHG emissions in order to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement. A much less widely discussed approach is to make use of negative emissions that can occur mostly in the field of Forestry/ Forest Conservation and Agriculture. Negative emissions do as well occur in other fields … Continue reading Toward safe, effective, and sustainable use of negative emissions approaches

#PeatlandsMatter

“Peatlands must be wet: for the climate, for the people, and for the future.” Peatlands are slowly being recognized for their capacity to store large amounts of carbon. Although they cover less than 3 percent of the global land surface, they contain twice as much carbon as that in the world’s forests. The main problem … Continue reading #PeatlandsMatter

The role of primary forest in climate change mitigation and adaptation

We started COP23 with a panel on primary forest landscapes and their impact on climate change, mitigation and adaptation with a focus on the tropical climate zone. One of Fijis’ most important Agenda Points is to strengthen the rights of indigenous people within the discussions about climate change, so that they are now able to … Continue reading The role of primary forest in climate change mitigation and adaptation

Views on nature-based solutions to build climate resilience and sustainable development

The high level event “Working with nature to build climate resilience and sustainable development” was both inspiring and informative. The panelists – a variety of representatives from countries worldwide – discussed different aspects of the use of nature-based solutions. The president of the Republic of Palau discussed how his country only has a small contribution … Continue reading Views on nature-based solutions to build climate resilience and sustainable development