The GreenCarbon Initiative - the short version
Climate changes is such a threat to mankind that all good initiatives must be activated to counteract the consequences. The greatest challenge of all is to reduce existing and future emissions from the industrialized economies in the North. Secondly to transfer energy technology to the developing countries to avoid the same dependance of fossil fuels as the industrialised countries face. But there is a third element, which can contribute significantly to mitigate climate change: CO2-sequestration in eco-systems, or rather re-sequestration of CO2 in eco-systems.
- 33 % of the increase in CO2 content in the atmosphere through the last 150 years derives from deforestation, draining of wetlands, cultivation of virgin grasslands (IPPC, 2000)
- This amount of CO2 can be canalised back into the eco-systems by establishing CO2-conscious management practices in agriculture and forestry. The potential is even bigger. Agriculture and forestry - or more correctly, the biosphere, when you include uncultivated and unmanaged habitats- could bring us back to a pre-industrial CO2-level in the atmosphere, by increasing the Carbon stock of the biosphereby only 12 %. Not an impossible task, it seems.
The task for The GreenCarbon Initiative is to make use of this potential and develop the tool: CO2-storage in eco-systems to become a workable tool to mitigate climate change. Our first step has been to make a case-study on a danish farm. We have thus made a CO2-plan for a medium-sized farm called Barritskov. You can download the CO2-plan here: The Barritskov CO2-plan
Reference: IPCC, 2000: "IPCC special report on land use and land use changes and forestry." Watson, R.T. et al (ed). www.ipcc.ch