Farms, Forests & Food Systems


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Our work group sees the climate crisis as a symptom of a systemic illness that requires a holistic approach for healing climate/planetary, public and personal health. The climate movement has understandably and necessarily focused on stopping use of fossil fuels and fighting for renewable energy, but it has largely ignored terrestrial mitigation, which stores carbon in healthy soil. Even if all fossil fuel emissions stopped today, it would not be enough. To prevent climate catastrophe, we must become carbon negative and sink excess carbon from the atmosphere into the soil. The climate movement must think holistically and add Nature’s powerful tools to our toolkit!

The mission of the Climate Action Now Farming, Forests and Food Systems work group is to protect and heal the ecosystem by promoting the removal of carbon from the atmosphere and capturing it in 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, Support, and Collaboration
-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, workshops, dialogue/forums, media, school curriculum, and gardening to:
-Communicate the importance of terrestrial mitigation (carbon sequestration, land use) and biodiversity, 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.
Government Action and 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, and regenerative agriculture (connecting climate action, land use and public health), especially towards the 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
-Integrate arts to entertain and inspire while raising awareness, including through hosting special events

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!

More Kiss the Ground resources are on this Soil Science page–from videos to fact sheets–where they offer a wealth of sources on the power and science of soil.

Why the Soil Food Web matters

From Dr. Elaine Ingham’s soil food web school, explaining how regenerating soil can help heal climate chaos by sequestering carbon