At a defining conference centred around the forthcoming ASEAN Guidelines for Agroforestry Development, participants heard that integrating more trees into farming systems will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help farmers adapt to climate change.
by Renz Celeridad
Agroforestry is a major component of efforts to reduce the impact of climate change on farming. The practice of integrating trees into agriculture is a long tradition in most farming systems throughout the world. Agroforestry not only helps diversify farmers’ portfolios and spread risk but also provides environmental benefits that can only come from deep-rooted perennials, including sequestering carbon.
Fortune releases fourth annual list of companies helping the planet and tackling social problems.
The world’s largest company by revenue does not want to be a top source of greenhouse gas emissions. So Walmart last year launched Project Gigaton, aiming to reduce emissions related to its operations by a total of 1 billion tons by 2030.
The state of the earth’s biodiversity – the world’s variety of living organisms – is in crisis. About one third of the world’s land has been severely degraded from its natural state. Some of the worst forms of degradation include deforestation, soil erosion, loss of soil fertility, declining water quality and pollution.
The nation’s 59 national parks (the 60th, Missouri’s Gateway Arch, received an official national park designation in February 2018) saw more than 330 million visitors in 2017, which is a lot of footsteps, noise, waste and selfie poses in some of the wilderness’s most delicate treasures. “We’re really fortunate to have the privilege of having these incredible places to visit,” says biologist David Lamfrom, who directs wildlife programs for the National Parks Conservation Association.
While not his official job title, Tom Easterday has become quite the tour guide.
The Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. executive has been known to do as many as a handful a month around the company's Lafayette manufacturing facility. Whether leading top industry officials or a group of young students, he has a favorite opening line.
The Philippines is preparing a proposal to access the Green Climate Fund, a billion-dollar platform that bankrolls low-emission and climate-resilient programs in developing countries.
“Ambition enables finance,” said Redentor Constantino, executive director of the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities, as he introduced another way of merging climate-related action and finance to achieve a low-carbon and resilient economy in the Philippines.
Echoing the words of Senator Loren Legarda, Constantino said that economic resilience, especially in the face of climate threats, entailed a strategic use of available funding from the local through to the international level.