Natural climate solutions – planting trees, restoring wetlands, and sustainable farming practices – have a major impact on reducing carbon emissions.
It’s cost effective, empowering for local communities, and popular because it works!
Farmers often rotate crops with cover crops
Why are natural solutions so effective?
Well-managed forests and farms are natural solutions to climate change. They absorb carbon, regulate global temperatures and freshwater flows, recharge groundwater, anchor fertile soil and act as flood barriers.
Forests comprise 32% of all land in the U.S. and absorb nearly 16 percent of carbon dioxide emissions per year. Planting trees as a solution to climate change has a 90% approval rating.
Farming practices can improve soil health to retain more carbon and reduce impacts from droughts and flooding.
Trees Naturally Absorb Carbon Dioxide From the Atmosphere in Order to Grow
The Department of Agriculture’s Research Service is supporting some of this work, but more is needed.
There are a number of methods that can both improve soil health and reduce emissions and runoff.