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Vinay Kumar Singh

Apr 15, 2012
03:16

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Increasing population and rising demand of food in adverse climatic change has created question mark on food security .So sustainable agriculture development is a better option to mitigate the impact of climate change,

Ernest Rando

Dec 7, 2015
02:31

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Just curious how many people here actually know how to grow food? Why do people not understand that about 90% of the mass of a tree is carbon from the atmosphere. Grass lands sequester large amounts of carbon into the soils why the way we design our human settlements usually destroys this biology. No additional technological solutions are needed. A slower culture that is more observant, less busy, and living with renewable materials and resources could be just and fair. Carbon pollution should have a price, not food, water, and shelter built from local renewable materials. Questions of property rights, indigenous rights, and violent military/ terrorist activities should be reduced. We should be able to regionally discuss what it means to own the means of production. We should be able to have a national discussion about the critiques of economic growth and degrowth.

Hélène Nivoix

Jan 19, 2016
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Hello from France! This is a fresh idea for the planet: The Crocus currency, a new type of money, global and ecological. What about boosting awareness for the need to fight against climate change? Mobilize people in a smart, accessible new way! Put pressure on politicians in to obtain a tool that will make every human being worldwide connected with the the same goal. Crocus is a new type of money, global and ecological. A complementary currency that could be created by the UN. Principle: the money supply would be the exact reflection of healthy land biomass. Goal: to capture CO2 and reduce the greenhouse effect, preserve freshwater and the major balances, while both feeding all living beings and providing people with jobs. A healthy biomass is firstly wild unspoilt areas, and secondly where the land is cultivated without any chemicals fertilizers or synthetic biocides. GMOs are excluded as well as monoculture and intensive farming. Every volunteer country will receive each year the number of crocuses corresponding to the increase of its healthy biomass, certified by the international scientific community, of course. Each government will distribute crocuses exclusively to individuals who cultivate the land properly (small farmers or agricultural workers) and / or to those who protect biodiversity (forest rangers, naturalists in the field). These people alone will be allowed to exchange crocuses they have received, with either the currency of their country or with the social local currency of their community. … And what miracle can make this possible? Us, all of us, via a world petition on internet! We can all help bring this about! The slogan? "TOGETHER we can build a green world, !" "JUNTOS construir un mundo verde" "ENSEMBLE, construisons un monde verdoyant." Sufficiently numerous people can spread the word everywhere, in families, associations, on social networks, in professional, cultural or university circles, in the free press... More information here: The shortest way to a soft and smart revolution: the Crocus Currency! | Blog | Le Club de Mediapart https://blogs.mediapart.fr/helenenivoixlapostenet/blog/080116/shortest-way-soft-and-smart-revolution-crocus-currency I thank you for your attention. Hélène Nivoix Besançon, France

Kira Davis

Jan 23, 2016
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Check out our proposal about plant-based cafeterias: (We are working hard to get it done. The website had said the deadline is in July, and I just learned that that was a typo!) FROM CUBICLE TO CAFETERIA: TAKE A BITE OUT OF GHGs with Collaborative Lunches Plant-based foods drastically reduce GHGs! Combat climate change with what we eat & create a collaborative space among climate institutions Building Communities, Eliminating Contradictions Food builds and strengthens communities. The intersection of community, food choices, and environmental impacts can be the source of community-based collaboration for climate resiliency. Presently, however, there is a stark contradiction in providing unsustainable food choices at institutions that stand for sustainability and climate action. Technology v. Simple Solutions - Taking a Bite Out of the Largest GHG Contributor While technology fosters important solutions, one of the most compelling efforts to combat climate change rests upon our plates at every meal. "Cattle-rearing generates more global warming GHGs, as measured in CO2 equivalent, than (the entire) transportation (industry)" (UN, 2006). This shocking fact is due to high levels of livestock excrement (methane), feeding livestock through years of growth and gestation and heavy factory processing. Reductions in meat consumption also decrease rainforest deforestation (Machovina et al., 2015; Walker et al., 2013) and preserve carbon sinks. Plant-based cafeterias in Boulder will provide residents the opportunity to cultivate personal awareness about environmental benefits of plant-based food. A Sustainable Space for Collaboration Providing sustainable food choices at climate institutions, schools, hospitals and other centers promotes community-building and collaboration on other healthy climate solutions. Plant-based meals are more inclusive of practicers of kosher, halal, vegetarian, vegan, and allergen diets who are largely excluded at conventional cafeterias, allowing for more diversity in finding creative solutions to climate issues. “Green Commons Luncheons,” in which one institution each month who has adopted a plant-based cafeteria opens itself to employees of other climate change institutions, will foster collaboration on climate research, mitigation and advocacy. Such a luncheon will bring joy, support, and deliciousness to community-based climate action.

Greg Robie

Jan 24, 2016
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Comments regarding this thread: Vineyard-Kumar (https://www.climatecolab.org/web/guest/member/-/member/userId/191556) and lotusdog (https://www.climatecolab.org/web/guest/member/-/member/userId/2379467) are correct about food security and change. Cuba, after it got cut off from cheap fossil carbon with the collapse of the USSR, is a laboratory for thinking about this issue. A BIG difference to keep in mind is that it went through its transition (The Special Period) within, even if seriously isolated, a cheep fossil carbon culture/global economy AND within a relatively stable climate. http://youtu.be/yIC-0JYoDs8 (58 minutes…but shorter segments are suggested by YouTube). Among its highly educated popular, farmers became the highest paid occupation. Also, another BIG difference is that with their isolation they also had relative sovereignty concerning their currency and policy possibilities. Central bank, and particularly the unconstitutional Federal Reserve, systemically preclude such sovereignty. And Cuba is located in a tropical climate with a year around growing season. Imagine urbanized 'Developed' World's citizens voluntarily choosing to be responsible for the agricultural system that feeds them? Helenenivoix (https://www.climatecolab.org/web/guest/member/-/member/userId/2387529), this thinking requires a constitutional amendment to the US constitution to be applicable here. With the US dollar as the global reserve currency, coordinated economic sanctions against the US is likely the political path required to implement these ideas and insights. 12mountains (https://www.climatecolab.org/web/guest/member/-/member/userId/2387702), an honorable nice baby step. …And I'm not sure how this discussion thing is effected. So far it seems to be more like pronouncements than discussion. If anyone can enlighten me further, I'd be grateful for the help. It looks like a subscription function is a tool of this website, but its use is not intuitive to me…yet! ;)
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