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Healthy Soils to Cool the Planet: Philanthropic Opportunities

April 23, 2019 @ 10:30 am 11:30 am PDT

Relevant links:
Regenerative Agriculture Foundation
No Regrets Initiative

Co-Sponsored by Regenerative Agriculture Foundation, Climate & Energy Funders Group / BFG, and Environmental Grantmakers Association (EGA)

We have an immediate planetary emergency involving multiple threats: climate disruption, a global water crisis, food insecurity for nearly one billion people, vanishing species, and vast migrations of people in search of basic conditions for survival. The UN has warned that we have only sixty more years of productive farming left if current levels of soil degradation continue. At the same time, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the National Academies of Sciences have called for a major focus on soils and large-scale carbon dioxide removal through our lands.Protecting and restoring global soils can help alleviate all of these threats and limit global warming by sequestering carbon emissions. When we build carbon in agricultural soils through regenerative practices, we achieve extraordinary benefits.

This webinar will explore the significant potential of agriculture and land restoration in addressing climate disruption. It will feature topline findings from a recent report on philanthropic opportunities to promote healthy soils and soil carbon sequestration. “Agriculture has a critical role to play, both in dramatically reducing emissions and by providing a sink to draw down carbon from the atmosphere.” – Christina Figueres, former executive secretary, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change


Whendee Silver, professor of Ecosystem Ecology and Biogeochemistry, UC Berkeley
Betsy Taylor, president, Breakthrough Strategies and Solutions

NOTE: This is the first of several upcoming opportunities to learn about regenerative agriculture and its connections to climate change adaptation and mitigation. There will be multiple workshops on this topic at the 2019 SAFSF Forum (June 18-20 in Pittsburgh, PA), including a concurrent workshop (Philanthropy at the Nexus of Agriculture, Soil, Climate, Health & Water) and a two-hour funder-only in-depth session related to regenerative agriculture and opportunities to support the soil health movement (Soil Health, Climate Change Mitigation, and Regenerative Agriculture). Stay tuned for additional related webinars as well!

Registration for this webinar is limited to funders only.
Funders are considered those organizations using grantmaking or investments as a core strategy to fulfill their mission and who make grants or invest more than $50,000 annually. 

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