When it comes to climate change, all signs indicate that the world is running out of time to keep warming below the 1.5–2 degrees Celsius threshold. To avert catastrophe, humanity has pursued two strategies: a transition to a low-carbon economy and the use of negative emissions technologies. A group of environmental campaigners claim both strategies focus too much on high-tech solutions, however. They argue, instead, for a more low-tech and immediately feasible climate mitigation tool: ecosystem restoration. Their creative proposal should intrigue activists, policy makers and concerned citizens alike.
About the Author
George Monbiot is an environmental campaigner and co-founder of the Natural Climate Solutions project.