Managing Wholes ElephantSustainable Tompkins is pleased to co-host a visit to Ithaca by Peter Donovan of the Soil Carbon Coalition from Thursday, February 6 to Sunday, February 9.  Peter is part of a movement to use systems thinking to help us “manage wholes” and find the right scale of intervention to solve problems.

We’ve all been involved in the many tasks of making our community more sustainable and resilient in the face of escalating change.  Everything we are all doing in green building, energy efficiency, resource conservation, and renewables is an essential part of taking responsibility for our shared future.

But we don’t often talk about the dirt under our feet, and affirm its primary role in helping to regulate atmospheric carbon and slow climate disruption.  Yet, a mass effort to move carbon from the air and into the soil is needed to decelerate the rate of planetary warming.  If we did this, we’d also rapidly address a number of linked problems as illustrated in our elephant friend.

We’ve been interested in adding soil carbon storage to our portfolio of climate protection projects for the Finger Lakes Climate Fund, and we’re looking forward to a wider conversation with farmers, land managers, developers, policymakers, and citizens interested in doing all we can to protect our climate.

We hope you will join us for the public lecture on February 6 up at Ithaca College, or the all-day workshop on February 8 (see details below).

To get a sense of how fundamental the carbon cycle is to climate change, please watch this video (in two segments) by Peter.  Then mark your calendar for February 6!

With thanks to our partners Snug Planet, Sustainability at Ithaca College, and the Good Life Farm! Read the rest of this entry »