At the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, known as COP21, 150 world leaders emerged with an agreement to limit the rise of temperature increases “well below 2°C” above pre-industrial temperatures with a hopeful target to limit it to 1.5°C. It is an ambitious goal, although not direct enough for everyone, and will require the combined efforts of stakeholders worldwide and every tool at our disposal.
Landscape-scale restoration could reduce global warming by 0.5°C by century’s end, but remains one of most under-leveraged strategies available. The world is quickly realizing that replanting forests and reviving soils is vital to our environment, a necessary natural resource management practice, and a huge value-creator, potentially enough to meet the hopeful 0.5°C difference and particularly influence island nations.
2 billion hectares of the Earth’s ecosystems require restoration, an area larger than the continent of South America. We have been restoring ecosystems in North America’s Amazon for more than 10 years, and with our innovative model we are prepared to take restoration to a global scale.
The restoration has already begun.