When the basics are right simple goes furthest

This short video presents a reforestation technique based on natural regeneration but supported by local farmers. About 10 min into the video Tony Rinaudo (the person being interviewed) talks about the need to have secure use rights for the trees so people feel it is worth investing time in pruning and protecting a tree seedling in the first place.

It just shows that very simple ideas and approaches can go far provided people involved can agree on the principles by which they want to manage a shared resource.

(Tons of) economic opportunities in emission reduction

There is so much we all could do in our respective areas and sectors. Not only would this improve our carbon footprints, but it also opens up new economic opportunities.

Consider the example of How The Dairy Industry Could be Making Electricity and Reducing Emissions: By turning methane from cow manure into electricity. Not only do farmers seizing this opportunity end up producing more energy than they need (they can sell the access to the grid), they can (potentially) also gain carbon credits from reduced emissions.

What opportunities exist in your sector or area of expertise that you have not tapped into?

Food is the Basis for Local Economy Building

The Wallace Center, a program at Winrock International,just published a report called Community Food Enterprise: Local Success in a Global Market Place.

My main takeaways from reading the executive summary and introduction of the report:

  • Local food enterprises can scale.
  • The analyzed enterprises put considerable investment into achieving social goals beyond private profit.
  • Food is one of the most important entry points for local economy building.

Triple Pundit published a more detailed summary.