Webinar: Soil as a climate solution

Torri Estrada, Executive Director of Carbon Cycle Institute and Wendy Millet, Ranch Director of TomKat Ranch joined moderator CEO Ellie Cohen for an inspiring conversation about the myriad benefits of carbon sequestration in farming and ranching for a climate-safe future. Torri and Wendy provided the basics of how soil carbon sequestration works, examples of regenerative agriculture successes from farms and ranches across California, and insights into current and future policies for assessing and incentivizing this approach.

Per UN climate scientists, we must conservatively cut global emissions in half by 2030 and drawdown upwards of one trillion tons of warming pollutants we’ve already dumped into the atmosphere to have any hope of securing a climate-safe future. Capturing carbon from the air through soils management, vegetation and habitat management, and climate-smart habitat restoration is a key part of the climate solutions toolkit with many other benefits including enhanced resilience, food and water security, biodiversity, and job creation. Note that this is distinct from carbon capture and storage technologies that enable continued fossil fuel production. We join our partners in the urgent call for a rapid phase-out of fossil fuel development, production, and use that disproportionately impacts lower-income communities and communities of color, coupled with a just transition for workers employed in these industries.