May 22nd, 2019 by Steve Hanley
The Foundation For Climate Restoration works to “restore a safe & healthy climate like we had 100 years ago. Our mission is to catalyze action to build full capacity by 2030 to restore the climate by 2050.” Ambitious? You betcha. Necessary? Absolutely.
The F4CR focused on realistic programs that are economically viable. In partnership with local governments, NGOs, and communities around the world, it is launching ecosystem restoration projects to revive ocean dead zones, grow forests of seaweed, and bring back fisheries. If you aren’t aware of the vital importance of seaweed, please watch Our Planet narrated by Sir David Attenborough. Those annoying ocean weeds can sequester up to 30 times more carbon dioxide than a terrestrial rain forest. Here’s more from F4CR’s website:
“At scale, fishery and marine ecosystem restoration projects can sequester up to 50 billion tons of atmospheric CO2 on the ocean floor every year, at the same time providing food security, tens of thousands of jobs, and a reasonable ROI for investors. Reforestation and regenerative agriculture practices can restore healthy soils and sequester atmospheric CO2 as well.
“We are also working on a plan to scale up the production of synthetic limestone from CO2 captured from the air. This limestone can then be sold as low-cost aggregate and sand for local consumption while providing tens of thousands of jobs, environmental benefits and a reasonable ROI for investors. At scale, this program can also sequester up to 50 billion tons of atmospheric CO2 into our built environment every year.”
F4CR CEO Rick Parnell says in a press release, “Transformational climate action at the scale the world requires to avoid the most devastating impacts of climate change will require three things – mitigation, adaptation, and restoration. We cannot keep procrastinating. It’s time for ambitious, creative, and innovative solutions that seize the opportunity of climate action to deliver enormous opportunities for our shared future.”
On May 14, F4CR announced a new partnership with the Earth Day Network. More than 1 billion people participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic engagement in the world. In addition to its global efforts to fight climate change, Earth Day Network also works to plant trees, end plastic pollution, save species, green schools and communities, and mobilize people, communities, businesses, and elected leaders to create a more sustainable future.
EDN President Kathleen Rogers says, “Growing out of the first Earth Day nearly 50 years ago, Earth Day Network has worked tirelessly to galvanize a worldwide environmental movement. Today, Earth Day Network works in more than 190 countries to raise awareness of environmental issues and mobilize action. We believe that, together, our two organizations will be able to work together to foster creative and innovative solutions that take climate action to the next level.”
F4CR Founder and Chairman Peter Fiekowsky adds, “Our two visions fit together well. We both see the value in moving beyond talk and into specific action. For too long, people believed the problem was too big and there was nothing we could do. But we can do things to restore our climate. We can support projects that bolster our economies and create good jobs while restoring our climate to pre-industrial levels. Partnering with Earth Day Network will exponentially expand the climate restoration movement.”