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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
RSVP at http://allansavory.eventbrite.com

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 http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL79210F920CC4EF1F

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.

More ecological design solutions for climate change?
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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 yahoo.fr) 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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So, the help should go to the poor. But something must be done to curb the activities of the rich.

This is an example of "thinking" by intelligent folks in the year 2013. This would be called "compassionate problem solving". The flaw, of course, is that feeding the poor doesn't solve the problem, it makes it worse. Feed a bunch of poor people who are allowed to breed and what do you get .... even more poor people. What will eventually happen is that the rich ... the guys with the guns who know where the warehouses of food are located ... will starve out the poor. And that's how the human species will get from now, me typing this offensive bit, to you reading it. I hope your world isn't too fucked up ... I did my best to change things for the better but I am dealing with a retarded failed species.

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by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Fri Jan 18th, 2013 at 08:55:23 AM EST
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Your comment reads like something 2 centuries past. I am sure Malthus would agree. Since then we have learned about a little thing called the demographic transition and how to make it longer or shorter. If you a transition with a large population increase, then you keep as much of the population as possible in economic misery.

But you know this, because I have written it often before, at lenght, with links.

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by A swedish kind of death on Fri Jan 18th, 2013 at 01:37:09 PM EST
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by Sven Triloqvist on Sun Jan 13th, 2013 at 02:32:06 PM EST
if you like this diary, more here.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/01/11/1177810/-Introduction-to-Agroecology-Holistic-Management-Ca ttle-Cause-or-Cure-for-Climate-Crisis

thanks gmoke, wonderful catch!

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by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sun Jan 13th, 2013 at 08:32:41 PM EST
I think realistically it's more like "figure out how to survive when the world is collapsing around you." Famine, for example, is not easy to solve with a local solution.
by asdf on Tue Jan 15th, 2013 at 02:24:03 PM EST
Here is one reason why it's likely to be a difficult road ahead for Americans interested in preserving the environment.  I received the following e-mail from my State delegate, who by the way is running for State Lieutenant Governor during the next election.  This old reptile was born too late for the last mass extinction.  One can only hope that he succumbs to political extinction this time around, but support for his kind of nonsense is all too common in Virginia.

The United Nations idea sounds harmless enough. (They always do.)
But Agenda 21, a program of the UN and its liberal allies in the Obama Administration, is sweeping local and state governments across America, including Virginia. And we've got to stop it.
 Code-named as Smart Growth, Resilient Cities, and Regional Visioning Projects, Agenda 21's stated purpose is "to assert the right and opportunity of all people to benefit equally from the resources afforded by society and the environment."
And how will the UN do that? By taking away individual freedoms from people like you and me.
Playing on American guilt, these UN initiatives urge local policymakers to help fight so-called global warming by promoting smaller, "greener" homes, located near "urban centers" and "public transportation hubs."
But the only thing Agenda 21 will consolidate is liberal power over the rest of us!
What Agenda 21 really seeks is to push Americans who live in suburbs and rural areas out of our cars, out of single-family homes and back to the cities, where our taxes can subsidize failing urban schools, neighborhoods and governments.
Not in Virginia, the cradle of freedom. And not on my watch!
I served 28 years in the Army, including combat duty in Operation Desert Storm.
I've served 12 years in the Virginia House of Delegates.
 And I will not stand by while the UN--an organization with no legal authority over you and me--and its sympathizers tear down private property ownership, single-family homes, and other basic tenets of American life.
 Will you?
To protect the American way of life and the Virginia way of less government, lower taxes and more freedom--I've announced a House Joint Resolution, HJ654, in the House of Delegates, calling on our state to lead the resistance to Agenda 21.
And to protect our liberty, our prosperity, and our way of life in Virginia, I am seeking my party's nomination for Lieutenant Governor.
Please stand with me.
To read this important legislation and receive email updates on the progress of HJ654 in the General Assembly, please click here.

Because no idea from the UN can ever be considered harmless.


Scott Lingamfelter
Member, Virginia House of Delegates
R-31 (Prince William and Fauquier)

P.S. These "green" initiatives are simply props in a UN plan to demonize and destroy the American way of life. They want to make us just like the rest of the world, heaven help us. Please stand with me against this travesty of American rights and freedom.Please click here to learn more.

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by Gringo (stargazing camel at aoldotcom) on Tue Jan 15th, 2013 at 10:34:36 PM EST
The way Brussels serves as bogeyman for EU nations, so the UN plays the part in the USA.
by Nomad on Thu Jan 17th, 2013 at 06:31:06 AM EST
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Scott Lingamfelter forgot to mention George Soros.  Obviously, that makes him a eco-commiesocialistfascist running dog fellow traveler.

Solar IS Civil Defense
by gmoke on Thu Jan 17th, 2013 at 04:46:59 PM EST
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Scott Lingamfelter and others of his persuasion foget, to the detriment of all, that the real 'one worlders' are the multinational corporations, their officers and major stock holders who, through their actions, have already done far more to undermine the practical sovereignty of the USA and European countries than the UN could ever possibly accomplish, even if that were the objective of most associated with the UN. But how could they see that when those very same corporations and people are so generous with their political contributions?

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Jan 17th, 2013 at 10:03:07 PM EST
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Forgetful, eh.  Little wonder then that Lingamfelter also was a chief supporter of Virginia's failed legal challenge to the Affordable (Health) Care Act and an attempt to legislatively require Virginia women to endure an invasive transvaginal ultrasound exam prior to having an abortion. He apparently learns very slowly if at all.

I can swear there ain't no heaven but I pray there ain't no hell. _ Blood Sweat & Tears
by Gringo (stargazing camel at aoldotcom) on Sat Jan 19th, 2013 at 11:44:21 PM EST
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Just wow.

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. Gandhi
by Cyrille (cyrillev domain yahoo.fr) on Sat Jan 19th, 2013 at 02:02:39 PM EST
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