There has to be concerted effort to do more to mitigate emissions worldwide. Land globally contributes to a quarter of the emissions. Going beyond clean energy, transport and industry, and understand the other ways we can contribute to battle climate change.
According to today’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, food supply worldwide will be badly affected as extreme weather will disturb food chains. Focusing on changing farming practices may help in dealing with the imminent problem. Along with this endeavors to reinstate our forests, manage land well and soil regeneration will truly contribute to reducing emissions originating from the land sector says report co-author Annette Cowie from the University of New England. “We really do need to take drastic action urgently to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. When we plant trees, when we do sustainable land management practices that build organic land and soil, we actually take carbon out of the atmosphere and we store it in the land.” Professor Cowie said.
Another major issue arising out of our present use of the land is the amount of waste food accumulated. Australia is a big consumer of meat. Food waste coming from meats, vegetables, resulting from consumption, storage and transport, amounts to 30% of all waste in the world. Meats will need more non emission methods. Reducing on food centered waste occupying land free several million square kilometers of land by 2050 as per the report.
“We ignore the interactions between climate change and the land at our peril,” said IPCC vice-chair Mark Howden