Today we launch a campaign to fund the Apios Institute, a global wiki of perennial crops and polyculture systems. These have the highest carbon sequestering potential of any farming system. We aim to make many improvements to our site, and sign up new contributing members.
Update: The campaign was a success and we exceeded our goal of $10,000.
I've just returned from the climate talks in Paris, thanks to my team at Project Drawdown who made it possible for me to attend. My publisher Chelsea Green printed up a case of "galleys" (pre-publication, black-and white, softcover versions of the pre-proofread book). I distributed them to representatives of organizations like the World Agroforestry Centre, EcoAgriculture Partners, Winrock International, the Zambian Ministry of Finance, Carbon Exchange Trade of Nigeria, Kiss the Ground, Regeneration International, and the Millennium Institute, and to environmental filmmaker John Liu.
Overall these last few weeks in Paris seem to have been a watershed moment for agricultural carbon sequestration, with great press in the Washington Post and National Public Radio here in the US for example. A new international initiative was signed by 25 countries, and though imperfect it is a sign of hope. Overall I could see that the high standard of science present in the book will be an important contributor to the global conversation.
A personal highlight was presenting inside the highly secure "Blue Zone" to an audience of delegates from African NGOs and governments. Our panel was moderated by Dr. Youba Sokona, newly elected Vice-Chair of the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Among others I also shared the panel with Cheikh Mbow, IPCC panelist and climate specialist for the World Agroforestry Centre. See attached image of panel, courtesy World Agroforestry Centre.
Only two months until our printing date!