Climate Restoration for High Schoolers – Free Digital Lesson

This self-paced online course introduces high school students to climate change, climate restoration, climate action, and climate justice. It uses personal stories from young people around the world to make the concepts more concrete and relatable. The course will launch in Fall 2022.

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This is the first installment of the Foundation’s Solution Series, which examines a diverse portfolio of natural and technological approaches that can remove CO2 from our atmosphere and return us to safe, preindustrial levels of carbon. In this paper, we explore Direct Air Capture (DAC) through a climate restoration lens. We use a US-based exemplary focus while recognizing the global strategy needed to restore the climate. We discuss DAC’s capacity to achieve scalable, financeable, durable, and equitable outcomes and then provide ways for readers to advocate for its safe and thoughtful implementation.

Climate change is a universal problem that has already and will continue to be felt earliest and hardest by those individuals with the least means to confront the intersectional crises it exacerbates and whose actions contributed the least to the problem.

This paper, published in March 2022 by Delaney Pues, Director of Solutions, Equity & Stewardship at the Foundation for Climate Restoration, aims to educate the public about the role that climate restoration and carbon removal will play in addressing climate change as it relates to justice and equity, while also serving as a reference point to approaching and assessing equity within CDR development, deployment, and solutions through the work of the Solution Series.

Climate restoration is the safe and permanent removal of excess CO2 so that our climate is returned to pre-industrial levels of atmospheric carbon. We know that humanity and the natural world thrived in the climate we had before the Industrial Revolution, when CO2 was below 300 ppm.

This White Paper, published in February 2022 by the Foundation for Climate Restoration, provides readers with a clearer understanding of the work of climate restoration, the opportunity that the public sector can play, and how individuals can contribute.

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Cover of F4CR's White Paper

The climate restoration movement is focused on securing a safe and healthy climate for today’s youth and future generations. Therefore, the voices of young people are the most important to our movement. The Foundation for Climate Restoration (F4CR) has built a program—Youth Leaders for Climate Restoration (YL4CR)—that educates youth activists and students on climate restoration.

Thank you to our climate restoration community for helping make 2021 a truly transformational year for the Foundation for Climate Restoration. In this document, we summarize the progress we made in our Youth Leaders for Climate Restoration program, our Local Chapters work, our education resource development, our social media presence, and more.

Without a firm understanding of the issues, any movement will be stymied by its knowledge gaps. The Foundation for Climate Restoration (F4CR) provides educational resources to its community (free of charge) so that anyone interested in climate change can learn about the opportunity of climate restoration.

The Foundation for Climate Restoration (F4CR)’s local chapters are the engine behind F4CR’s advocacy and education efforts. Local chapters bring climate restoration to their communities by hosting events; attending relevant community events; connecting with local government representatives and advocating for increased climate action.

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.