Farms, Forests & Food Systems

A working group of Climate Action Now, the Regenerative Farming, Forests and Food Systems Alliance’s mission is to protect and heal the ecosystem by promoting the removal of carbon from the atmosphere and capturing it in the healthy soil through supporting:
1) regenerative agriculture,
2) forest protection, and
3) healthy, accessible climate-friendly food options

We are building a powerful coalition of farmers, consumers, scientists, forest ecologists, educators, youth and climate activists to:

  • Educate people about the connection between land use, climate change and public health;
  • Highlight the importance of working with natural systems to restore balance; and
  • Empower people to create an equitable and just food system with a focus on land use and regenerating soil in Western Massachusetts.
Click here to read more of our mission statement

Our goals and actions include:
Connection and Support
-Build and support alliances among growers, consumers, forest ecologists and food justice advocates
-Bring together subject experts to create a body of knowledge and inform our work
-Build and support alliances with groups doing related work, bringing a strong climate action perspective
Education through presentations, media, forums, teach ins, PSAs, school curriculum, online, billboards, print, video to:
-Communicate the importance of terrestrial mitigation (carbon sequestration, land use) in addition to transforming to a green renewable energy system for addressing climate change
-Explain the impact of food choices on our climate and health; and how food consumption impacts the environment
-Demonstrate the connection between:
personal, public and planetary health;
the health of all species, elements and life on earth; human, plant, animal, soil, water, air; and
our interdependence and impact and how it relates to climate.
Legislation
-Work with the CAN legislative committee and allied groups to support and create relevant legislation
-Work with our representatives to include terrestrial mitigation, carbon sequestration, regenerative agriculture (connecting climate action, land use and public health) especially towards the MA Green New Deal, and exploring Western MA’s role in smart land use and sequestering carbon
-Collaborate with local committees and representatives on proposing and achieving goals connecting climate action, land use and public health
Arts
-Integrate arts to entertain and inspire while raising awareness

Here’s a 4-minute video that explains climate change and why healthy soils are so important to reversing it:

Thank you to Kiss the Ground for the amazing video!