LEADING CHANGE: Tufts University hosted conference on "Restoring Water Cycles to Reverse Global Warming" (Oct 2015, Massachusetts)
Note to Reader:
Biodiversity for a Livable Climate was founded in 2013 to contribute to planetary regeneration through research, education, collaboration and action to restore essential global biodiversity. A guiding premise is that appropriate human approaches to nature may be able to reverse the effects of global warming despite our inability to date to reduce emissions in a timely manner.
In October 2015, Biodiversity for a Livable Climate held a conference at Tufts University. This event examined the water cycle, how we can have a dramatic positive influence on it, and in so doing successfully address drought, floods, soil health, food production and climate.
Water can cool the biosphere and address destructive feedback loops
Held at Tufts University (Boston area) in October 2015, and organized by Biodiversity for a Livable Climate, the conference was titled Restoring Water Cycles to Reverse Global Warming. The conference presented a number of non-traditional concepts and techniques, and featured speakers from five continents.
Water and its remarkable physical properties make life on earth possible. The conference program paid particular attention to water’s role in regulating climate through its capacity to store, move and transfer more heat than any other natural compound. Water is a planetary thermostat, and even with elevated greenhouse gases in the atmosphere it can cool the biosphere and address destructive feedback loops in the climate system.
“Water and soils are deeply connected, and many water problems are a result of land desiccated and bare due to human mismanagement. The good news is that we can turn droughts and floods around by restoring soils to health and bringing back ecosystem biodiversity. And it can happen remarkably quickly – nature celebrates life!”, states Adam D. Sacks, Executive Director, Biodiversity for a Livable Climate
Although water and carbon travel together, water cycles can be restored even more quickly than soil sequestration can reduce atmospheric carbon levels. Thus, while atmospheric carbon is being drawn down, the surface of the earth can be significantly cooled to mitigate and even reverse the damage done to date by elevated planetary temperatures.
To Learn More:
Speaker videos and slideshows are available online
Check out Michal Kravcik’s Global Action Plan for the Restoration of Natural Water Cycles and Climate