The climate crisis is a massive global problem, which we are totally failing to get to grips with. The solutions to climate change are remarkably simple, if only we’d get on with them. Will the United Nations COP27 climate summit in Egypt starting November 6 bring any new breakthroughs? Based on past experience it seems unlikely, but miracles can happen. UN chief António Guterres has warned that ‘we will be doomed’ if nations do not achieve a historic climate pact. Here are steps to get them started.
Kassim Juma, Project Coordinator, Mikoko Pamoja
My name is Kassim Juma, and I’m the Project Coordinator of the Mikoko Pamoja (MP) project in Gazi Bay, Kenya. I attended Kenyatta University for Coastal and Marine Resource Management, and my current focus is on mangrove restoration. My aim is to change the way people see and value mangroves, which will lead to an increased commitment to conserve and restore these amazing systems. I developed MP in 2004 to support the livelihoods of locals in Gazi Bay. I became the coordinator for the MP project thanks to my interest, knowledge, data analysis skills, and knowledge of carbon accounting, reporting, and monitoring, particularly on mangrove ecosystems.
The climate has already warmed by an average of 1.1 degrees Celsius. The catastrophic consequences of climate change are all around us. Should keeping global warming to “only” 1.5 degrees Celsius really be our collective climate goal?
What is Carbon Mineralization
Carbon mineralization is a naturally occurring chemical process that occurs when carbon dioxide becomes “mineralized” through a chemical reaction. The chemical reaction occurs when certain rocks, most often in deep underground igneous and metamorphic formations, are exposed to carbon dioxide. Carbon mineralization holds greater amounts of carbon than carbon storage in sedimentary reservoirs, as the chemical reactions in carbon mineralization create new carbonate minerals like calcium carbonate.
Safidy Ramarolahy, F4CR Madagascar Local Chapter Leader
In this blog post, guest author Safidy Ramarolahy discusses the restoration and development work underway in communities across Southern Madagascar. The training programs in these communities have fostered widespread commitment to ecosystem restoration, as well as providing resources for leaders to continue developing sustainable practices and solutions for the local environment and community.