Three Ways Forests and Climax Ecosystems Cool Our Planet

December 1, 2019 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm America/Chicago Timezone
First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston, Museum District Campus
5200 Fannin St
Houston, TX 77004
Nan Hildreth
We can cool our planet by restoring forests and growing food using permaculture methods. We need your help to pick this low hanging fruit.

About this Event

The biomass in climax ecosystems such as forests, prairies and coastal wetlands cool our climate in three ways.

Leaves reflect more of the sunlight back into space than bare ground or concrete.

Plants sequester carbon. Most of that carbon goes underground as roots or sugars exuded to feed beneficial microbes. This massive soil life makes the soil spongy and better able to absorb water.

Plants create more rain. They transpire water and so recycle the rain. They put it back into the air and it rains again. As the plants pump it up into the air, the water vapor moves further inland. This supports inland forests which pump it yet further inland. 95% of planetary cooling is from hydrology and only 5% from carbon dioxide’s greenhouse effect.

Restoring land is low hanging fruit. Project Drawdown researched 22 ways folks are doing this. These include regenerative agriculture and multi-strata agroforestry. You can learn about these from Permaculture classes on

We could drawdown 30 gigatons of carbon per year according to Dr. Walter Jehne in Regenerate Earth. See also and Dr. Walter Jehne.

We need your help. Please eat organic. Please compost organic waste.