Recruit Farms to Fight Devastating Climate Change

Target: Sonny Perdue, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture

Goal: Promote crushed rock weathering to combat out-of-control carbon pollutants.

The world may only have five years to avoid catastrophic climate change, according to a disturbing new report issued by some of the world’s premier scientific minds. This ticking time-bomb scenario will unfold if global temperatures push just 1.5 degrees higher than in previous centuries. The World Meteorological Organization now forecasts this threshold will come to pass by 2025, putting the entire globe in a race against a date with “untold suffering.” With the bad news comes potentially great news. Researchers believe a substance already commonly used in farm work could drastically alter this disastrous trajectory.

A new research study estimates that crushed rock dust, when spread across farmlands, could reduce carbon emissions (a super-driver of global warming) by the billions. If the top three carbon-emitting nations, the United States included, would commit to this agricultural technique, it is believed they alone could zap one billion tons of carbon from the atmosphere annually. For context, global net-zero emissions goals target roughly two billion tons of emissions reductions per year.

Simply spreading rock dust on a massive scale could make this goal a reality. Many farmers utilize this technology to improve soil quality. Better yet, some of the industries charged with contributing to the climate problem (like the mining industry) have large repositories of rock dust that often end up in landfills. If governments would stockpile this residue, as recommended by many scientists, businesses typically associated with pollution could actually play a prominent role in reversing the damage caused by climate change.

Sign the petition below to urge the United States to lead the way in this promising initiative that could truly transform the world.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Secretary Perdue,

The World Meteorological Organization recently echoed the urgent warnings of over 11,000 scientists that without massive intervention, the world could be facing cataclysm in as little as five years. While big-industry polluters have grabbed much of the attention in regards to reversing climate change, the role of agriculture is under-appreciated and under-invested. But if a recent research study is correct, this industry that has supported people for centuries could truly save humanity and the planet it calls home.

The study focuses on enhanced rock weathering: the technique used by farmers the world over to adjust soil pH levels. Spreading crushed basalt rock across farmlands does not just upgrade soil quality, however. This substance also supercharges soil into a massive carbon absorber. By some estimates, using this technique on a wide national and global scale could essentially wipe out all the annual carbon emissions from Europe.

The U.S. alone could do its part in cutting carbon levels by hundreds of millions of tons in just a year’s time. Massive stockpiles of the needed product could be taken from mining, iron, and steel industries. Farmers would likely welcome this investment, as enhanced rock weathering can improve their bottom lines and ultimately help them feed millions of people.

Please advocate for and invest in this already-proven technique. The benefits could literally be life-saving and world-changing.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: USDA




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2 Comments

  1. Evan Jane Kriss says:

    PLEASE ACT NOW!!! We are almost out of time. This plan makes both scientific and economic sense.

  2. Jose Espino says:

    I also thing farming to feed the people is one thing. Farming for huge profits is another. Food waste and animal waste simply because it dint sale at the market set price is a sin. The beauty is that nature has it’s own defense mechanism and when it uses it is lethal to the human offender. Covid-19? Just a warning.

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