What we’re excited for in 2023

Do you ever finish your workday wishing that there were more hours in the day…not just because you have more that you want to get done, but because you’re so excited about what you’re working on that you don’t want to stop?

Do you ever wake up full of energy, enthusiastic to get back to your work?

We here at F4CR are bursting with anticipation for everything we have coming up in 2023. We don’t want to spoil all of the headlines, but here’s a sneak preview:

We’re publishing a new climate restoration curriculum for high school students.

After the popularity of our Kids’ Digital Lesson — among kids and adults alike — we decided to produce a self-guided digital course for high school students. This project has grown from a single course into a six-course curriculum; it has gone from an exclusive focus on environmental science to incorporating politics, social studies, history, and engineering; and it has expanded to suit a global, rather than solely US-based, audience.

We are really proud of this curriculum and want to see it used far and wide. Be sure to subscribe to our newsletter so you can sign up for the course once it goes live. If you work with high school students, or if you are one, let us know! We’d love your feedback as we finalize our materials.

We’re releasing the final four solutions of our Solution Series.

We launched our popular Solution Series in April of 2022 during Earth Week. We had been hard at work on it for months beforehand, and we never could have imagined how many people would read our white papers, watch our videos, or attend our expert panel webinars. In December we celebrated the midpoint of the Series with a recap of what we’ve learned so far. Now, it’s time to finish out the second half of the Series! In a few short months, we’ll be gearing up to summarize what we’ve learned about CDR solutions and which ones show the most promise for restoring our climate.

Our local chapters are expanding in scale and scope.

As of the end of 2022, we have 43 local chapters with over 500 members in 19 countries around the world. Our incredible chapter members held 44 meetings with elected officials and got 5 of them to cosponsor the federal Carbon Dioxide Removal Leadership Act, H.R.7434.

But we’re not done yet! In 2023 we aim to launch an additional 20 chapters worldwide. Have you joined your local chapter yet? Is there not yet a chapter near you? Join us! Our success depends on your participation.

The Youth Leaders for Climate Restoration program is re-launching with shiny new content.

Already, our Youth Leaders for Climate Restoration (YL4CR) program has touched young people in over 50 countries. The global nature of the program is an incredible asset to the climate restoration movement, but it presents unique challenges as well. In 2023, we’re pausing to redesign the program in a way that is better suited to our participants, 90% of whom come from low-income countries. We will be adding structure to the program that enables everyone, including those with poor internet access, to participate fully and network with one another. Applications will open in the summer, so stay tuned!


Remember, this is just a sneak preview — there’s more beyond these four highlights. As you might imagine, we can’t wait to show you everything we’re working on. While you wait for us to reach our next program milestones, ask yourself: How long has it been since I donated to F4CR? None of this work is free to create, although it is all free to access. Your financial support, along with your participation in our programs and events, is critical to our success. Thank you!

Announcing our 2022 Impact Report

—Rick Wayman, CEO

In November, the Foundation for Climate Restoration (F4CR) celebrated its fifth birthday. We’ve come so far in this short time, from a mere idea underpinned by an audacious goal to a respected institution that’s an integral part of building the climate restoration movement. With the support and leadership of people throughout the F4CR ecosystem, we are well-positioned to achieve even greater success in our next five years. Thank you, our community, for your ongoing support that has brought us to this pivotal moment. Climate restoration has truly taken root and is taking off.

In this impact report, we highlight some of our biggest wins of 2022, but it’s worth noting that much of our work can’t be fully captured by statistics. Let me give you one example:

In November, I had the privilege of representing F4CR at COP27, the UN climate conference that took place in Egypt. There, I met Ezekiel Nyanfor in person for the first time. Ezekiel is a graduate of our Youth Leaders for Climate Restoration program and a student in Public Health at the University of Liberia. Thanks in part to the funds he received from F4CR for winning the Youth Innovator Award in 2021, Ezekiel founded a successful climate nonprofit in Liberia. He is working to position his country, a nation comprising 63% youth, as a leader in climate restoration innovation. Ezekiel is partnering with F4CR to develop a climate restoration certificate course at the University of Liberia that will help actualize the incredible potential that he and his fellow students hold. It will also set the precedent for universities beyond Liberia to follow suit. I am excited to partner with Ezekiel on this project and to see the positive impact it will have on climate restoration efforts throughout the Global South.

This type of action could not be more timely. We only have seven more years until our 2030 deadline for climate restoration solutions to be operating at scale. Now is the time to act.

F4CR is working hard to catalyze the change needed to save our climate, but we cannot do it without your support. From investing financially in our work, to making connections to further our reach, to talking with your elected officials and other leaders, you can help us to make climate restoration a reality. I would love to speak with you about many important ways you can help. Please feel free to reach out to me directly at rick[at]f4cr.org.

I can’t wait to see what we accomplish together in 2023 and beyond. Thank you for joining me on this incredible journey.

Read the full Impact Report here.

Solution Series: Mid-Series Recap

by Zoe DeBroux, F4CR Intern

These past few weeks, we had the opportunity to pause and reflect on our work with the Solution Series and the Foundation as a whole. It has been a great opportunity to celebrate the Series’ midpoint and discuss what’s coming up next in 2023. We created the series to respond to our community’s request for help understanding carbon dioxide removal (CDR) solutions that can restore our climate and how they compare to one another. In the first half of the series, we published four installments consisting of a total of four white papers, six blog posts, four videos, and four panel discussions!

We collaborated with leading experts to review our work, trained a series of interns to help with research and writing, designed a landing page that includes a (soon-to-be) interactive infographic and a search engine, and so much more. And, most importantly, we educated hundreds of people about the exciting solutions available to restore our climate.

Our mid series panel discussion featured a couple of the people behind the Solution Series, highlighting Delaney Pues and Erica Dodds in a conversation about their work and what’s next for the series. This conversation flowed into a discussion of the four solutions, highlighting the durability, scalability, financeability, and equity behind them.

Direct Air Capture is a rapidly evolving technology with the potential to remove up to 5 gigatons (Gt) of CO2 per year by 2050. Achieving this will require using renewable or low-carbon energy, supportive policies, market development, commercialization, and mass deployment to drive down the price and increase its scale.

Forest Carbon Practices encompass afforestation, reforestation, improved forest management, and sustainable forest management practices; each taking a slightly different approach towards increasing the amount of CO2 absorbed by and stored in forests.

Soil Carbon Practices discusses regenerative agriculture and soil carbon sequestration practices that can boost crop yields while improving plant, ecosystem, and soil health and resiliency and increasing the amount of carbon stored in soils.

Finally, we explore Coastal Blue Carbon Practices, and how carbon stored in coastal soils can remain there for centuries to millennia and improve the health and resiliency of coastal ecosystems around the globe!

Key Takeaways

First, we learned that carbon stored in soil is a lot more durable and resilient than biomass. Having carbon stored underwater as opposed to on land helps reduce decomposition, which in turn reduces the release of CO2 back into the atmosphere. Another important point is that the effectiveness of any type of natural solution is subject to the health of the environment it’s being applied to. With increasing climate change impacts, the durability of storage becomes more of a pressing issue. In terms of financing, it’s a lot less expensive to preserve and restore the health of existing ecosystems than to create new ones. This is why it’s so important to protect our natural resources!

At the end of the day, there are a lot more open questions about technological CDR (because they’re newer) than nature-based approaches, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that technological solutions can achieve higher scalability and less variable durability than nature-based approaches. Each solution comes with its own set of equity considerations, but all of them will require meaningful stakeholder engagement, an equitable distribution of benefits, safeguards to protect communities from potential risks, and supportive governmental accountability structures like policy and regulation.

All in all, the Mid-Series Recap proved to be a motivating opportunity to reflect on how far we’ve come in terms of climate restoration education. Beyond this, we look forward to further focusing our efforts in the areas that are likely to be most effective for our local and global communities!

F4CR Holiday Gift Guide 2022

Gift giving is an integral part of the holiday season, but the ‘shop till you drop’ mentality is extremely harmful to the environment. Here at F4CR, we wholeheartedly believe that giving is always more fulfilling than receiving, and we want to make sure that you give your loved ones unique, meaningful gifts that are aligned with your commitment to a safe and healthy climate. In our 2022 Gift Guide, we have curated a range of carbon-negative, -neutral, and sustainably made products.

Here’s a quick preview of what you will find in the Gift Guide:

Feel your best while helping the planet feel its best with these cosmetic essentials brands

Neighbourhood Botanicals is a woman-led cosmetics company that offers carbon negative face lotions, body oil, cleansers, and much more. HIGHR lipstick is the first carbon neutral lipstick — every purchase saves 5.8 lbs of CO2.

Stay warm while keeping our planet cool

Sheep Inc. is a carbon negative clothing company that uses ethically sourced sheep wool for all of its products — donating 3% of annual revenue to biodiversity projects around the world. Another great option for keeping warm is Pangaia. This company’s impact goes beyond clothing, as they employ scientists to develop innovative and sustainable materials and processes to make their products. The 365 Hoodie is our personal favorite!

Indulge (sustainably) in these comforts

Alter Eco is a carbon neutral sweets company making high quality and Fair Trade certified products. Chocolate has never tasted so sustainable! And now, you can relax and enjoy your dessert on furniture from Sabai, a company on a mission to change how we purchase furniture. They upcycle all of their pieces, and even offer repair services to keep them looking their best for a long time. Of course, a new sofa may not be the easiest thing to gift, so we’d settle for a candle!

As we continue to see our environment deteriorate due to harmful habits and systems, it’s extremely important that the decisions we make — for gifts or otherwise — are sustainable. It’s now easier than ever to shop sustainably and make an impact. Shop our 2022 Gift Guide here.

Going Grassroots for Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday, held every year on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, is a worldwide philanthropy movement created in 2012 to inspire generosity and collaboration. This year, participants will celebrate Giving Tuesday on November 29th by giving how they can: donating money, participating in acts of service, or using their voice to bring attention to important local causes. For nonprofit organizations like the Foundation for Climate Restoration (F4CR), this global day of giving is a unique opportunity for us to engage with the people who make our work possible: our volunteers and donors.

Giving Tuesday aligns directly with F4CR’s mission to catalyze change and lead with a grassroots approach. Our dedication to both can be seen in the growth of our local chapter program. To achieve our goal of making climate restoration a reality, we rely on the generosity and action of people worldwide who are committed to advocating for greenhouse gas removal (GGR) and the solutions to achieve it. Members of our chapters educate the public, and their local lawmakers, on the need to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. They are our boots on the ground and our loud voices in a crowded room–they are a vital part of our movement for change, and they make a difference daily.

With this in mind, we decided that for Giving Tuesday 2022, we would turn to our chapter members and let them work their magic in a new way. This year, our most dedicated volunteers will be reaching out to their networks and once again using their voices to bring attention to the potential to restore the climate. They will be performing acts of service by writing emails and letters, posting on social media, and sharing why they dedicate their time and energy to this cause. And they will be encouraging their friends and loved ones to donate and support our education and leadership work, so that we can continue to grow our movement. We’re keeping it grassroots, and we’re excited!

Care to join us? We’d love to hear your story. Why is restoring our climate important to you? What drives you to volunteer and/or support our work? Take a minute to think about it, and then share your thoughts with your networks–via email, Facebook, carrier pigeon — whatever you like. Get the word out, and help us grow our movement!

CDR at COP

—Rick Wayman, CEO, F4CR

“Never use acronyms that people might not know.” That’s a motto I try to live by, but when I spell out the title of this post, maybe you’ll see why I did it that way:

Carbon Dioxide Removal at the 27th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Last year’s COP26 was my first UN climate conference. I had only been with F4CR for a few weeks when the event took place in Glasgow in November 2021, so I came onto the scene with a fresh set of eyes and ears. I was a little concerned, to be honest, about the scarcity of events talking about carbon dioxide removal (CDR) in a positive way. As a significant pathway to achieving climate restoration, I saw that we had our work cut out to get CDR onto the agenda going forward.

To my surprise, the conversations happening at COP27 are something to behold, with a much more prominent focus on CDR. It’s clear that carbon dioxide removal is becoming increasingly recognized as a necessary component to complement emissions mitigation and climate adaptation efforts. Topics range from full-throated support for CDR solutions to cautious optimism that some solutions may be truly impactful at scale to calls for further research, development, and (eventually) deployment.

While some of the discussion around CDR relates to the declaration earlier this year by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that we’ll need significant CDR to achieve the Paris goal of limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, that’s not the full extent of the conversation. I’m hearing more and more discussion of CDR in the context of climate restoration and the goal of returning our world to 0 degrees of warming.

This trend is thanks in part to the significant growth in the coalition of NGOs, companies, investors, academics, and elected officials paying attention to CDR. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the “Carbon Removals at COP” coalition. The mission of this partnership is to introduce people “to what is happening in the world of carbon removals — the science, the technology, the people, places, motivations and approaches that are driving the evolution of carbon removals today and working to scale these innovations for a better future tomorrow.”

I’m incredibly proud that the Foundation for Climate Restoration is a partner in this initiative and that so many notable organizations joined together to highlight our common goals. In a world where travel has been minimized for both COVID safety and carbon emissions purposes, it has been enlightening and heartwarming to meet so many colleagues in person and begin to develop a new phase of trust and partnership.

A snapshot of the dozens of in-person and virtual CDR events listed on the CDR at COP website.

Over the next year, my vision is to continue the dramatic scaling up of events highlighting carbon dioxide removal. I’d love to see more events featuring young people, like our Youth Leaders for Climate Restoration and leaders from the Global South, including many F4CR local chapters.

Of course, what is not fully captured by the CDR at COP website is the sheer number of conversations people are having about CDR and climate restoration here at COP27. It’s vital that we continue on this path of bringing CDR and climate restoration forward to work at scale alongside emissions elimination and unavoidable climate adaptation. By the time COP28 rolls around next year in Dubai, I expect to see this much higher on many people’s agendas.

Guest Post: Don Morrill — The power of community outreach to drive climate action

We hope you’ll enjoy this guest post from Don Morrill of Davis, CA. Don and Frances, whose story you’ll read below, embody the power of civic engagement in advancing climate restoration. Our work depends on people like you and like them to take up the mantle of climate restoration and bring it to your elected officials. Your voice matters! This election season, we hope you are as inspired by Don and Frances as we were. To join a local chapter, reach out to our Director of Civic Engagement, Terri Pugh, at terri [at] f4cr.org.

From Rotary to F4CR

As a 24-year, second-generation member of the Davis Sunrise Rotary Club and a lifelong environmentalist, I was excited that Rotary International added environmental action as an area of focus in June 2020. As a result of that change, Erica Dodds was welcomed to speak to our club about the Foundation for Climate Restoration (F4CR) and its mission of returning our planet to the healthy climate that existed prior to industrialization.

Over the years, I came to sadly accept the increasingly bad news about climate and environmental degradation. In hearing Erica, I had the exhilarating sense that I no longer needed to perpetually fight an uphill battle to constrain human actions that harm our environment. F4CR has an answer to addressing climate change: Restoring the climate by removing the legacy carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

Concurrent with Erica’s talk. I had the joy of meeting the newest member of our club, Frances McChesney. Frances is a retired CA State Water Board attorney and a successful four-sport UC Davis athlete with an abiding passion for team play. Together with several others we embarked on an effort to create an Environmental Committee within our Rotary Club that could join with other local clubs on restoration projects in our region and beyond.

Meeting with elected officials

Frances and I embarked on an effort to lobby our political representatives to support climate restoration legislation, specifically the Federal Climate Dioxide Removal Leadership Act (FCDRLA) — HR7434. Our goal was to have our current Representative John Garamendi and incoming Representative Mike Thompson become co-sponsors of the FCDRLA and get it passed.

My connection with Rep. Thompson goes back many years. As co-founder and Board Chair of the nonprofit CalWild, I had the honor of presenting him with the Phil Burton Leadership Award for introducing and leading the successful enactment of the North Coast Wilderness Act of 2006. Therefore, he readily accepted our request to meet with him. Over coffee, we talked about many things, including the FCDRLA, and following that meeting we learned that he has agreed to co-sponsor the bill!

I also made efforts to contact Representative Garamendi’s staff, to set up a meeting. And, in the meantime, Frances and I met with Davis Mayor Lucas Frerichs, who I’ve had the pleasure of supporting for some 10 years through endorsements and donations. We asked for his suggestions on how to approach Rep. Garamendi about the FCDRLA.

Success through the grapevine

Mayor Frerichs and Rep. Garamendi have a collegial long-term relationship, and they met not long after our conversation with the mayor. Mayor Frerichs urged Rep. Garamendi to co-sponsor the FCDRLA based on his conversation with us. Lucas’s conversation was critical: because he was a trusted colleague, his recommendation to support HR7434 held a lot of sway. His role tipped the scale to get an endorsement and co-sponsorship of the bill.

Join us and create your own success stories

To others somewhat new to this process, I suggest you seek a political leader you respect in your county/city, and ask them what organization(s) would be best to support and become involved with. For us, the Davis Democratic Club provided the entrée to the ranks of current and aspiring leaders — like Mayor Lucas Frerichs and others. Support those who you feel have potential to be leaders with endorsements and financial support (even a little bit makes a difference). Bring issues that are important to you to their attention. Letters of support on issues of concern and/or phone calls to their offices are critical to the process and have a real impact.

Another key to success is to build coalitions. Our small F4CR chapter is working to partner with compatible organizations locally to continue the efforts to undertake climate restoration. Furthermore, use every opportunity to connect with your community and the people around you. My partnership with Frances is the perfect example of what can happen when like-minded people come together to drive change. With determination and patience, all of these efforts can go a long way in building towards a habitable planet for future generations!

Foundation for Climate Restoration

October 11, 2022

At F4CR, we’re often asked, “What are the solutions that can restore the climate?” In the coming months, we will answer this question (and more!) as they relate to nine categories of carbon dioxide removal (CDR) solutions. In this fourth month of our Solution Series, we examine the potential of coastal blue carbon practices to contribute to climate restoration. Our new coastal blue carbon white paper looks in greater detail at this solution’s climate restoration potential in terms of durability, financeability, scalability, and equity. This blog post gives a brief overview of some key points.

Guest Post —Restoration: An interdisciplinary concept in response to local development problems in Southern Madagascar

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.

6,000 people at 21 sites were sensitized and trained on the concept of climate restoration as part of a four-month mission between April and August 2022. The initiative was carried out by the local chapter of the Foundation For Climate Restoration (F4CR) and the Programa Vonjeo ny Tsy an’Asa — Unemployed Programa Madagascar (PVTA).

The South of Madagascar has been a center of research and experimentation for scientists, while remaining a cemetery of development programs and public policies for successive governments. Over the course of four long-standing Republics, there has been little progress in determining solutions to the interrelated problems of drought and poverty due to lack of political will and governmental stability. Logically, the intervention in the south must be sustainably based in a spirit of restoration in mentality, governance, social, and economic aspects. To bring real development to this specific Malagasy and African situation, climate restoration must be defined as an interdisciplinary concept beyond a simple climatic and environmental aspect. It must integrate epistemo-anthropo-philosophical, socio-economic and governance dimensions while staying a fully-fledged political concept to be transmitted to an entire generation.

The training provided by the local Madagascar chapter of the Foundation for Climate Restoration was aligned with this ideology in order to mobilize beneficiaries, champions, and leaders to bring about a reorganization of local development practices and approaches. The modules provided relate to leadership and political management, initiation to climate restoration, communication, advocacy, and the blue/green economy.

The beneficiaries were mainly young incubators and project leaders, and at the end of each session initiatives were collected to design the actions that will make up the intervention of the F4CR in the South of Madagascar. Initiatives included coastal desalination in Ambovombe to help increase water access, regenerative agriculture on the plain of Ihorombe in order to increase resilience in the face of the territory desertification, agroforestry, the blue economy and fight against unemployment, and a communication and ideological training campaign.

This four-month mission resulted in the mobilization of 6,000 beneficiaries and 50 trainers in 21 localities throughout the south of Madagascar. The Malagasy government continues to support the initiative through the Ministry of Technical Education and Vocational Training, civil society and grassroots communities. At this rate, the objective set for the training of 1,000,000 individuals in four years is achievable, resulting in the attainment of objectives 1, 2, 13 and 14 of the SDGs and a marked improvement of 0.6 points on the country’s HDI (human development index).