Every Day is Earth Day

With the recent events having quarantined entire countries, the opportunity has become greater than ever for us to make progress to reverse global warming. Carbon emissions have fallen sharply, especially in the most polluting countries, due to restricted air and ground travel, the closing of factories and transportation of goods. It’s time for us to create what a new normal can be, and help the Earth to regenerate during this pause.

THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO REVERSE GLOBAL WARMING.

Our team from PRETATERRA was engaged with the implementation of this Multistrata Agroforestry project, illustrated as Solution #28 in the book Drawdown. They know what worked and what could be improved. They are now able to scale the positive impact by teaching the best practices to smallholders in Brazil.

Did you know that planting trees also recharges aquifers? And in this case, the Guarani Aquifer beneath southern Brazil is the second largest known aquifer system in the world. So this is our golden opportunity to attract carbon from the atmosphere to store it safely in the soil, while restoring pastures to lush, biodiverse rainforest while replenishing one of the world’s largest aquifer systems!

By training more people in methods that organically improve the soil trees are planted in, they grow with a greater survival rate and we all benefit.

Our new field partners Fazenda Sertão, in the state of Rio de Janeiro have begun the restoration of an endangered species palm Euterpe edulis within their established farm. Commonly known as juçara, jussara, açaí-do-sul or palmiteiro, it’s a palm tree native to the Atlantic Forest. Its fruits are highly appreciated in cooking and have high nutritional value. As it is a plant that grows in a more shaded area of the forest, it is being introduced in agroforestry systems that are already in place, which guarantees that they will be cared for together with the other species that are present in the planted areas.

Our new field partners in Pinuya, state of Acre have begun planning their own tree nursery that will enable the reforestation and regeneration of degraded land into a food forest. The nursery build will begin in June 2021.

The Pinuya village and its surrounding areas were hit hard with heavy flooding at the beginning of 2021, with the neighboring town of Tarauáca under water, supplies were not available and the road to the village was impassable.

Now that the drier weather has arrived supplies and materials are available and progress can be made. The village recently hosted a planning workshop for its next projects: regeneration and planting!

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