EPISODE 23 | 20 MINS
Using Nature to Combat Climate Change—The Nature Conservancy
WITH LOUIS BLUMBERG
Enhancing Resilience of Human and Natural Communities
IN THIS EPISODE
[01:27] Introduction of Louis Blumberg.
[01:57] Louis describes the moment when he realized combating climate change would become the focus of his career.
[03:29] Louis explains what ecosystem services are.
[04:37] What are some of the other natural solutions to climate change?
[05:26] Louis describes the comprehensive suite of natural climate-change solutions he’s working on.
[06:28] How do these natural climate-change solutions impact low-income, people-of-color, and indigenous communities?
[07:29] Does working with the people in other countries translate to low-income, people-of-color, indigenous communities in California and on the West Coast?
[08:20] Are there any leading-edge innovators or implementers when it comes to natural climate-change tools?
[09:52] Is there anybody in the private sector supporting your work?
[11:21] Louis explains the three-prong approach of using nature to address climate change.
[12:41] Are there any large-scale projects using nature to actually restore carbon?
[14:10] Is the decrease in forest cover an international issue or a domestic issue?
[15:01] Are urban forestation programs going to make a significant difference, or should we be focused on larger international projects to reforest large areas?
[16:38] How can people learn more about your work and support it?
[17:16] Louis shares one change that would lead to smarter, more sustainable, and more equitable communities.
[18:22] Louis describes the action listeners can take to help build a more equitable and sustainable future.
[18:48] Louis explains what California and the West Coast look like 30 years from now.
Louis Blumberg, is the Director of the California Climate Change Program of the Nature Conservancy’s California Chapter where he leads a multidisciplinary team developing a comprehensive suite of natural climate solutions including strategies to reduce and avoid greenhouse gas emissions from forest and other natural lands, and to enhance resilience of human and natural communities from the escalating impacts of climate change.
The Nature Conservancy – protecting nature, for people today and future generations. Founded in 1951, the Conservancy is the world’s leading conservation organization. The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Our vision is a world where the diversity of life thrives, and people act to conserve nature for its own sake and its ability to fulfill our needs and enrich our lives.
The Forests 4 Climate Network consists of several nonprofit organizations working together to fight one of the world’s worst climate change problems: deforestation. Through tropical forest credits, these organizations believe jurisdictions across the world can limit greenhouse gas emissions by saving and restoring forests.
“We see that nature is a very powerful tool to address climate change; and by using nature, you often are able to accomplish—make progress, at least—in all three key strategies; and those are (1) reducing or avoiding the emissions of greenhouse gas; (2) restoring carbon to the earth; and (3) reducing climate-magnified risk and enhancing resilience of both human and natural communities.”
“In California, there are two Native American tribes. Both of those tribes have been able to produce forest carbon credits and sell them on the market, and…they’re using the revenue to buy back adjacent cutover timber land that was part of their ancestral land base. This is a great way to protect and restore their cultural heritage while protecting the environment and fighting climate change.”
“Unfortunately, many of the other large environmental groups have not focused on the role of nature to address climate change; and while their work is very important at helping to transform the energy, electricity, and transportation sectors, the Nature Conservancy is the only group I know that’s taking a full, comprehensive, three-way approach, that I mentioned earlier, to addressing climate change.”
“What we need to do right now is stop deforestation, wherever it’s happening. That’s quick and easy…If we can stop the destruction of forests, we can maintain the carbon that’s there and benefit from the carbon those forests will store over time, the increased sequestration value over time.”
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