Replant the Midwest into what it was previous to Euro American invasion. There are great mid-western trees and grasses, forbs, flowers. The great oaks, hickories, maples, ashes, red ceder, white pine. The long grass prairies contain many flowers and grasses which have deep roots. The rich plains soil is currently being mined by agriculture. If it is partly returned to the previous prairie and forest mix, these millions of acres will be a carbon sink, build soil, clean water and provide habitat for birds, plants, animals, insects, butterflys and more.
Stop using gasoline and diesel engines. We are developing new electric cars and trucks. In cities we can use more public and non-motorized transportation, (buses, subways, rideshare, bicycles, feet). If we were serious about this we could transform much of our existing fleet of vehicles to electric. We could have transition stations where there would be government sponsored stations that would take out the internal combustion engine and replace it with one of several models of electric motors.
Stop building more freeways! Take out unnecessary freeways and roads. Building the freeways and roads breaks up the ecology and causes people to drive more and goods to be shipped more. We need to re-localize and drive a lot less.
Grow our own. Most food we eat comes from an average distance of 1000 miles away. It is packaged in plastic and shipped by truck to your supermarket. Instead if we continue to develop local gardens, farms, orchards as well as the mechanisms for their dispersal we can greatly curtain the corporate food model which, I believe is the number two contributor to climate changing gases and activities.
Grow old growth characteristic forests. Old growth forests store a lot of carbon, in the trees, and in the soil. We know some of what the components of an old growth forest are. The soil is thick and spongy and contains the roots, fungi, woody debris, moss, etc all in a dynamic environment that is alive and stores lots of carbon. Though I am having a hard time finding good numbers I have heard there is only about 3 percent Old growth forest left in the pacific northwest and less than that across the country. But we can mimic these forests by trying to grow big trees, taking out roads, doing thinning from below, working with ecologists, and mycologists, planting where appropriate etc.
Protect intact and healthy ecosystems including wetlands, prairies, forests where we can. These ecosystems provide us with clean water, animal and plant habitat, and store lots of carbon. Protection of existing ecosystems, whether public lands or private should continue to be a priority. This can be done by doing land acquisition or less costly and in some cases more mutually beneficial are conservation easements. http://sanctuaryforest.org/programs/land-conservation/conservation-easements/.
Break the chain of conquest. The united states is still in the conquest game. Our military has approximately 700 overseas bases and is continually involved in wars small and large. Currently we are militarily involved in or with Somalia, Yemen, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iraq, Venezuela, Pakistan, Syria in overt and covert ways. We are ramping up for war with Iran and are challenging Russia with our continued intrusion in their back yard through NATO. This is the more obvious stuff. Our $750 billion yearly military cost makes it difficult to address the climate issue and causes greatly untold pain. What if we could break the mindset of conquest as a way of life for our government?
Continue to support women in government. When women are involved with decision making, more peaceful outcomes, more durable peace occurs and better health is attained. See UN report http://www.unwomen.org/en/what-we-do/peace-and-security/facts-and-figures. When people are secure, have enough to eat and are in good health they may then attend to other important issues that don’t involve immediate survival needs, such as climate action.
Follow Climate organization like 350.org.
Support the Youth movement for the climate. Learn from and teach the youth to protect the climate. As Greta Thunberg has said from a Ted talk, “If burning fosil fuels was so bad, that it threatened our very existence, how could we continue like before? Why weren’t there any restrictions? Why wasn’t it made illegal?”
“If the emissions have to stop, we stop the emissions.”, “Instead of looking for hope, look for action.”, “When there is action, there is hope.” All Greta quotes from the TED Talk.
I am a guy. Interested in community and ecology. I am very concerned about plastic and climate change. I welcome feed back from my blog. I live Central Oregon, some in Northern California and some in Eastern Iowa. Thanks for checking out my blog!
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