|Climate Change and MOFGA|
What Do Climate Change, Cap & Trade, and Copenhagen Have To Do With Organic Farming? Although MOFGA doesn't have a specific program dedicated to Climate Change, earlier this year, our Board of Directors adopted a position statement on this critical issue facing all of us. With the world's attention focused on the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen and the complex and controversial cap and trade system, we thought MOFGA constituents would appreciate seeing this new video, The Story of Cap and Trade, by Annie Leonard, who brought us The Story of Stuff last year. Kate Newkirk has volunteered to represent MOFGA in state coalition discussions on climate change in Maine. She provides the following perspective on this video.
We don't always see the effects of climate change in our backyards so it's hard to keep it in the forefront of our priorities. We have spent over 200 years, our industrial revolution, building up what Annie calls our ecological debt. CO2 and other greenhouse gases have a resident time in our atmosphere, so climate change isn't going to go away if emissions stop. We can only expect to slow it down by setting benchmarks like 350 ppm concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere by 2050. To do this we need to slow down the amount of greenhouse gases entering the atmosphere so that the natural systems that process the gases; atmosphere, lands, and oceans, use up more than is industrially emitted. Pumping equal or more gases into the atmosphere than the natural system can handle has proven to be unsustainable.
I see capping carbon emissions as the developed world's multi-national and national approach to addressing the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. It's the "Cap and -----" details that will need to be addressed as there probably isn't a nation out there, especially the U.S., that's going to do something without an incentive. Are there other alternatives to getting the worlds industries on board on a worldwide scale? Maybe. I see sustainability addressed from the ground up as our best bet. From the ground up we as citizens can promote those economic and social initiatives that can push industry in the right direction. Initiatives such as "Building a Green Economy," and "Buying Locally." In Maine you can buy green electrical options that invests in a future green economy rather than the default standard electrical option.