Ending dependence on fossil fuels and protecting the planet’s populations and places are critically needed steps to prevent further damage to our climate. However, these measures alone cannot reverse the changes we have already made or guarantee a habitable planet. That is why we established the Foundation for Climate Restoration.
Imagine our earth is in a bathtub. For millions of years, it was bathing in a healthy amount of carbon dioxide. With the industrial revolution fueled by coal, oil and gas, mankind turned on a “CO2 faucet” pouring additional CO2 into the bathtub. Today, the tub is overflowing and our planet is drowning in CO2. Climate restoration is the realization that no matter how much or how quickly we turn down the faucet, our planet will still be drowning unless we open the drain to empty the tub.
At the Foundation for Climate Restoration, our mission is to “drain the tub”—to remove the excess CO2 from our atmosphere to restore the concentration to a healthy level by 2050, while also ensuring the tub does not fill back up. We need to get to a net zero world AND drain the bathtub of historical CO2 that has been accumulating and piling up in the atmosphere since the beginning of the industrial revolution.