Restoring soils to mitigate climate change and feed the world: The 4 per 1000 initiative

Anne-Marie Codur, Research Fellow, GDAE, Tufts University
Seth Itzkhan and Karl Thidemann, Co-founders and co-directors, Soil4Climate

The 4 per 1000 initiative, Soils for food security and climate, was launched in Paris during COP21 by the French Ministry of Agriculture, to promote soils restoration globally as one of the most promising climate mitigation strategy, as well as a key policy to promote food security and fight hunger worldwide. Anne-Marie Codur, of Tufts Global Development and Environment, will present this international initiative, the scientific evidence on which it is based, and its global policy objectives. Seth Itzkan and Karl Thidemann, co-founders and co-directors of Soil4Climate, an NGO and advocacy group, will present their work, and how they see their role as a member of the 4per1000 consortium, the international coalition including nation-states, NGOs, farmers associations and unions, research centers and universities, whose official launching will take place in November 2016 in Marrakesh, at COP22.

Anne-Marie Codur is a Franco-American scholar, educator, activist and artist, whose experience covers two distinct fields of research and practice: ecological economics (Research fellow at Tufts GDAE); and peace education, and strategic nonviolence (Co-founder of the University of the Middle East Project, and Academic advisor at the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict). As an activist in climate justice, she organized civil society events during COP21 in Paris, with Dialogues en humanité, promoting the concept of an emerging planetary citizenship embodying the global socio-ecological contract between humanity and the Earth. Anne-Marie is also a classically trained singer who has performed internationally, and offers her voice to the many human and ecological struggles she is engaged in.

Seth Itzkhan and Karl Thidemann are the co-founders of co-Directors for Soil4Climate, a nonprofit organization, advocates for soil restoration as a climate solution. They promote regenerative land management practices to capture atmospheric carbon and encourage collaboration with the larger body of climate activism. Uniting "drawdown" strategies with emissions reduction, divestment from fossil fuels, a price on carbon, and climate justice advocacy, together creates a powerful alliance.

Special guest speaker:
Frédérique Apffel-Marglin, Professor Emerita, Dpt. of Anthropology at Smith College, is the founder and director of Sachamama Center for Biocultural Regeneration in the Peruvian Upper Amazon (see documentary). Her latest book is entitled : "Sacred Soil: Biochar and the Regeneration of the Earth" to appear in 2017 with North Atlantic Book.
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