From the forest treetops to the soil microbes under our feet, all living things contain carbon. When they are destroyed—through clear-cutting, farming or forces like fire and drought—the carbon they hold is released as greenhouse gases, adding to global warming.
Heavy fossil fuel use has accelerated climate change, and today new challenges like more frequent wildfires and extreme weather are driving up emissions from wild and cultivated lands. Developing methods for sequestering carbon in plants and soil is critical to controlling Earth’s temperature—and devising sustainable ways to produce food, fiber and energy is essential for long-term human and planetary health.
The good news is that all around us—in the Central Valley fields where we raise crops, the diverse rangelands where cattle graze, and dense Sierra Nevada forests—lie potential solutions.
Now is the time to reimagine our relationship with California landscapes and to develop scalable models for how human and environmental systems can boost each other’s resilience.
By investing in agricultural and forest management projects that sequester carbon, minimize emissions, and use natural resources more efficiently, we can make dramatic changes that will help to sustain communities and ecosystems for generations to come.
To lock carbon in the land and keep forests healthy, One Climate’s approach transforms the threat of carbon accumulation into opportunities, reimagining excess forest fibers as the backbone of a circular economy that supports communities living near wildlands. These materials can be used to make sustainable energy and artisanal products while continuing to keep forest carbon out of the atmosphere. Incorporating Indigenous land management practices, too, can restore biodiversity and create economic opportunities while revitalizing cultural heritage.