Action in a scary time

An exclusive peek at a draft report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) given over to Agence-France Presse paints a gloomy picture of the century to come. Focusing specifically on laying out the potential for feedback loops and what that could mean for humanity and the Earth's ecology as a whole if we continue on our current path for even a few more decades.

In short, the picture looks pretty bleak. With most scientists agreeing 1.5 degrees Celsius as veritably "baked in," we're likely to see stronger and more frequent climate-related catastrophes in the coming decades. Everything from droughts to typhoons and increased flooding should be expected throughout the remainder of this century regardless if we manage to get a grip on our carbon addiction. The report makes it clear that we're currently on track for much more than that.

Well, that was a bummer.

It sure was. Frankly, most climate and ecology news these days is a bummer. We're sailing head on into trying days, but that doesn't mean we're without hope.

Or without weapons.

Climate change is, if nothing else, a tremendous opportunity to take action in your own backyard. Planetary problems may require planetary solutions, but where the rubber hits the road is always with people like you and me. Just people, doing the right thing where they can, when they can. And all those people doing the right thing starts to add up.

A regenerative future.

So, what is the right thing, then? For starters, we need to start thinking more in regenerative terms moving forward. It's no longer sufficient to just find sustainable ways of continuing business as usual. We need to start finding ways to actively leave things better than we found them. That is at the heart of the regenerative agriculture movement, which currently encompasses everything from