The prevailing scientific account of climate change focuses on atmospheric greenhouse gasses. However, emerging science as well as Indigenous wisdom teaches that Earth's atmosphere was created, and our life-friendly climate is maintained, by living systems.
Sunlit landscapes dominated by green plants and moist soil radiate much less heat than dead dry dirt.
Vegetation converts huge amounts of solar energy into water vapor that carries energy away from the earth surface. This is the planetary air condition system.
Plants in forests and other healthy ecosystems also cause clouds to form, bring rain, capture water in soil, drive water cycles, and power atmospheric rivers.
Therefore, warming, storming, fires, floods, and droughts can all be mitigated by working with nature to restore healthy ecosystems.
"Carbon tunnel vision" distracts us from near-term solutions.
Based on the work of ERA scientists Michal Kravčík, Jan Pokorný, Anastassia Makarieva and others, we have developed with Biodiversity for a Livable Climate an Action Plan for Climate Restoration Through Ecosystem Restoration that reviews the emerging science and prioritizes both strategic and tactical actions.