With climate change upon us, many people are searching for solutions to reduce the extreme CO2 levels that are currently in our atmosphere. While reducing fossil fuel use, and increasing the use of renewable energy would contribute greatly to reducing CO2 levels, scientist are finding that the solution may be in the soil.
Because of poor management practices, “the world’s cultivated soils have lost 50 to 70 percent of their original carbon stock”(1). On the flip side, when soils are managed with regenerative agriculture practices they can become incredible carbon sinks. Dr. Rattan Lal from Ohio State University says that “a mere 2 percent increase in the carbon content of the planet’s soils could offset 100 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions going into the atmosphere” (2).
With more than 20,000 vacant parcels in the City of Cleveland, there is a great opportunity to improve soil biology health in order to create abundant carbon sinks in the city. With help from a grant from Cleveland Climate Action Fund, we are doing research to monitor the quality of the soil before and after using regenerative agriculture practices. We are hopeful that our research will find significant soil improvement and carbon sequestration, in order to present a model for basing land management strategies for other urban lots with the goal of reversing climate change.
Follow our soil test reports here (link coming soon).
- (1) “Soil as Carbon Storehouse: New Weapon in Climate Fight?” by Judith Schwartz
- (2) “The Solution Under Our Feet: How Regenerative Organic Agriculture Can Save the Planet” by John Roulac