Hawai’i’s Governor David Ige signed two bills on June 7, 2017. The first adopts the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement and the second (written by Center for Food Safety’s legal team) establishes a Carbon Farming Task Force for the state.
“As the Trump administration wavers on the U.S. commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement, about 200 scientists, climate activists, farmers, and NGO representatives from around the world convened outside Paris earlier this month to focus on how to bring soil carbon sequestration to scale—and fast.”
“In the run-up to the general election, we’re urging all parties to commit to protecting and restoring soil health in their manifestos – as part of a new vision for agriculture that promotes a holistic landscape approach to farming and transitions to a more environmentally sustainable and resilient food and farming system.”
Soil scientist Rolf Sommer argues that preventing soil carbon losses, especially in the humid tropics, is an essential first step as science emerges about the potential for soil carbon sequestration.
The president of Fiji, Jioji Konousi Konrote, stresses the importance of protecting our soils as a climate mitigation strategy at the Global Symposium on Soil Organic Carbon (21-23 March).