Wednesday, April 22, 2009

EARTH DAY - 2009

I gotta admit that I'm pretty tired of listening to all the annual green-spins of Earth Day. The harsh fact is that the legacy of past industrial output is still flowing into the present atmosphere and the emissions are still rising.

co2 on the rise

The graph shows recent monthly mean carbon dioxide measured at the Mauna Loa Observatory, Hawaii (recent months are preliminary data).

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is reporting that the concentrations of carbon dioxide and methane, the two most important greenhouse gases released through human activities, rose in 2008.

Andrew Revkin has the full story at DOT EARTH.

Pieter Tans of the agency’s Earth System Research Laboratory in Boulder, Colo., said, "Think of the atmosphere and oceans taking in greenhouse gases as a bathtub filling with more water than the drain can empty, and the drain is very slow."

So, what's the solution -- the game-changer that will open the drain?

Readers of this blog know that I believe the paradigm-shifter will be terra preta's modern incarnation as biochar. If you don't know about biochar, here's an excellent summary article by Thomas Blakeslee.

I truly believe that -- as a result of the exigencies imposed by climate change -- the ancient wisdom of Terra Preta de Indio, translated into the modern processes of pyrolysis, will be the game-changer. The technological shift will be to transform the wastes and depletions of the Industrial Age into healing reciprocities and renewals of an emerging Anthropocene Age of human-and-nature sustainability.

But there must be a foundation story -- a cultural and spiritual narrative to guide the evolving consciousness toward healing the relationship between people and nature. Last year I posted a possible storyline and the icon that I believe may guide the transition.

Nossa Senhora Conceição de Aparecida

Here's is a round-up of a broad range of materials posted at VISIONSHARE. Please consider terra preta and tell the story.

We have something glorious and precious to care for and enjoy.


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