Pedogenesis, its underpinning of terrestrial life and our future—and now our only means to regenerate bio-systems and safely cool the planet.
There are now 7.4 billion of us on this finite planet. There may be 10 billion by mid-century. The size and well-being of our future world population will be governed by their access to adequate water and food, which can only be provided by healthy bio-systems—the same bio-systems that provide the stable hydrology, weather, economies and societies we depend on. How the future plays out will depend on how well we understand, respect and regenerate the natural processes governing these bio-systems, which also govern our climate, health, social equity and stability.
Our inescapable global reality and imperative, 2020-2030. We will all be impacted by new global realities over the next decades.
Our hopeful, yet last chance, global solution. we can still safely and naturally cool climates and secure our essential needs. To do this we must restore the natural processes that created the bio-systems we depend on fundamentally for our essential needs, hydrology, safe climate and future.
Implementing these carbon draw down and regeneration outcomes. Every year the Earth’s residual bio-systems draw down some 120 billion tonnes of carbon from the air via photosynthesis. Half is fixed by phytoplankton in the oceans and half by plants on land.
Our action imperative and blueprint to draw down the 20 btC/an globally. While this may seem audacious, our current reality gives us no option but to act audaciously. Further denial of our ecological mismanagement, or intensifying dangerous consequences, is no longer tenable. Instead we need urgent global action to rectify this situation.
Practical actions and synergies to aid in our drawdown of the 20 btC/an. A wide range of innovative farmers and grassroots communities globally are already driving local action that is moving towards the realization of our 20 btC/an drawdown target. These practical actions and outcomes are fully consistent with the confirmed science of the ecological processes outlined in A, B and C above to draw down carbon to regenerate bio-systems.
Policy incentives to catalyse these regeneration outcomes in time This blueprint and action agenda make it clear that we have all the resources we need to practically and safely regenerate our soils, their hydrology, our bio-systems and thus our safe
climate; provided we implement these essential regenerative actions in time.
There is only one process via which we can secure our safe climate and future. This is pedogenesis: the microbial bio-conversion of plant exudates and detritus into stable soil carbon.
Our future is governed by how well we manage to regenerate the Earth’s soil carbon sponge.