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Carbon literacy[edit | edit source]

Carbon Literacy is the awareness of climate change and the climate impacts of mankind's everyday actions. The term has been used in a range of contexts in scientific literature and in casual usage (see Research), but is most associated with The Carbon Literacy Project (CLP).

Open CO2[edit | edit source]

Open CO2 is a project to help crowdsource open carbon accounts for local communities worldwide. It can also be about carbon literacy, encouraging ourselves to learn more about what the available data might show. Open local carbon accounts would help make possible Participatory carbon budgeting.

Participatory carbon budgeting[edit | edit source]

The idea is to combine two other ideas: participatory budgeting W and a carbon budget for an area, typically a large town or city.

Nature-based Solutions[edit | edit source]

"There is no pathway to net zero that does not involve a massive scale up of Nature-based Solutions (NbS). They could provide ⅓ of the cost-effective climate change mitigation worldwide, while helping communities adapt, reverse biodiversity loss, tackling climate vulnerability around the world. Despite all this just 3% of global climate fundings is invested in nature", Zac Goldsmith, UK Minister for the International Environment and Climate [1]

Natural climate solutions[edit | edit source]

Natural Climate Solutions

Regenerative agriculture[edit | edit source]

'From the Ground Up – Regenerative Agriculture'
Author: festival21, Jul 28, 2019

Regenerative agriculture is a conservation and rehabilitation approach to food and farming systems. It focuses on topsoil regeneration, increasing biodiversity, improving the water cycle, enhancing ecosystem services, supporting biosequestration, increasing resilience to climate change, and strengthening the health and vitality of farm soil.

Regenerative agriculture is not a specific practice itself. Rather, proponents of regenerative agriculture utilize a variety of other sustainable agriculture techniques in combination. Practices include recycling as much farm waste as possible and adding composted material from sources outside the farm. Regenerative agriculture on small farms and gardens is often based on philosophies like permaculture, agroecology, agroforestry, restoration ecology, keyline design, and holistic management. Large farms tend to be less philosophy driven and often use "no-till" and/or "reduced till" practices.

As soil health improves, input requirements may decrease, and crop yields may increase as soils are more resilient against extreme weather and harbor fewer pests and pathogens.

Most plans to mitigate climate change focus on "reducing greenhouse gas emissions." Regenerative agriculture, i.e. the capture of atmospheric carbon dioxide by growing plants that move that carbon dioxide into the soil, is pretty nearly the only currently-functioning technology available for drawing down greenhouse gases that are already in the atmosphere, mostly through the cultivation and nurturing of forests and permanent perennial pastures and grasslands.

Emissions Reduction Community based currency schemes[edit | edit source]

A community based emissions reduction currency scheme is a C4 type local currency in which local currency issues are backed by the emissions reductions of the schemes members. The local currency, when accepted for trade by other members or local businesses, thereby rewards participants for their efforts at global warming prevention. These currencies may have various degrees of convertibility into carbon saved, renewable energy, or national currency. W

Climate-friendly gardening[edit | edit source]

Climate-friendly gardening is gardening in ways which reduce emissions of greenhouse gases from gardens and encourage the absorption of carbon dioxide by soils and plants in order to aid the reduction of global warming.To be a climate-friendly gardener means considering both what happens in a garden and the materials brought into it and the impact they have on land use and climate.It can also include garden features or activities in the garden that help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions elsewhere.

Sustainable cooling[edit | edit source]

#ThisIsCool - Making Sustainable Cooling a Reality
Author: SEforALL, June 1, 2021
  • This Is Cool, campaign showing what can be done across the world to make sustainable cooling a reality

Buildings designed with passive air conditioning are generally less expensive to construct and maintain than buildings with conventional HVAC systems with lower energy demands. While tens of air changes per hour, and cooling of tens of degrees, can be achieved with passive methods, site-specific microclimate must be taken into account, complicating building design.

Many techniques can be used to increase comfort and reduce the temperature in buildings. These include evaporative cooling, selective shading, wind, thermal convection, and heat storage.

Other climate change solutions[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Networks[edit | edit source]

  • Rapid Transition Alliance, Rapid economic transition, including widespread behaviour change to sustainable lifestyles, is necessary to live within planetary ecological boundaries and to limit global warming to below 1.5 degrees. Rapid transition shows examples of evidence-based hope for change whose speed and potential scale will steer us towards staying within those boundaries and which advance social justice. Content published under a Creative Commons license. added 14:52, 22 January 2020 (UTC)

Research[edit | edit source]

Project Drawdown[edit | edit source]

  • Drawdown, 100 solutions to reverse global warming

Project Drawdown is a climate change mitigation project initiated by Paul Hawken and climate activist Amanda Joy Ravenhill. Central to the project is the compilation of a list of the "100 most substantive solutions to global warming." The list, encompassing only technologically viable, existing solutions, was compiled by a team of over 200 scholars, scientists, policymakers, business leaders and activists; for each solution the carbon impact through the year 2050, the total and net cost to society, and the total lifetime savings were measured and modelled.

Paul Hawken has edited the book Drawdown: The most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming to support the Project. W

Video[edit | edit source]

2040 - Official Trailer
Author: Madman Films, Mar 14, 2019

News and comment[edit | edit source]


Carbon capture can sit in the background, cleaning up our historic biosphere damage. But there's an acute battle for the metaphors around it. Jul 18 [2] "There is no reason why carbon-from-air machines shouldn't be as equally (and as locally) distributed as, say, wind farms, heat capture or other community-level generators of renewable energy. Indeed carbon dioxide has a whole planet's atmosphere to occupy. So the greater dispersion and localisation of the technologies drawing it out of the air, the better."

Ban all gas boilers from 2025 to reach net-zero, May 18 [3]

Cycling is ten times more important than electric cars for reaching net-zero cities. That's the beauty of "active travel", Apr 30 [4] ...Sustainable transport news

The ambivalence of cryptocurrency: Bitcoin takes so much energy to maintain…yet a "carboncoin" could pay us to save the planet, Apr 5 [5]

How can cities that rely on consumption recover from the pandemic, while reducing emissions? Here's some good ideas. Mar 24 [6] ...Manchester


Rewild to mitigate the climate crisis, urge leading scientists, Oct 14 [7]

Missing in action: natural climate solutions in England's national parks, Sep 29 [8] ...Climate change solutions UK

Planting Trees Won't Save the World, By Erle C. Ellis, Mark Maslin and Simon Lewis. The authors are scientists. Feb 12 [9]


Holland's Sea Ranger Service hugely sequestrates carbon. But it also socially benefits many: the unemployed, veterans, port workers, Feb 7 [10]

I pioneered the four-day week – now policymakers must adopt it to fight the climate crisis, Andrew Barnes, Jan 29 [11]

A European tour of climate solutions [12]

Make Australia green again, Jan 8 [13]

Germany cuts fares for long-distance rail travel in response to climate crisis, Jan 2 [14]


The Key to Solving the Climate Crisis Is Beneath Our Feet, Dec 26 [15] ...Climate action USA

Self-authoring and self-transforming communities should be our goal. But new citizens need personal development, too. Nov 20 [16] ...Climate change solutions UK

Is #GE2019 really going to become the "climate election"? The polls suggest that parties could make it so. Nov 13 [17] ...Climate change solutions UK

Technology will not save us from climate change – but imagining new forms of society will, Oct 28 [18]

Cross-sector 'third spaces' incubate social, climate solutions, Oct 9 [19]

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