2022, the year of climate restoration

— Dr. Erica Dodds, Chief Operating Officer

There’s nothing like a new year, starting with a clean slate, to leave me feeling energized and inspired. I ended 2021 reflecting on all the progress we’ve seen in the climate restoration space. I’m starting 2022 ready to roll up my sleeves and join with our growing community to get to work (although I’ll be doing a different kind of work first, welcoming my first child — our newest climate restorer — into the world).

People ask us frequently, “What can I do? How can I get involved?” I think there’s often an implicit hope that the answer is simple: Buy organic produce, ride your bike, recycle your containers. Unfortunately, when the scale of the challenge is as big as climate restoration — removing a trillion tons of legacy CO2 from our atmosphere to make our planet livable for future generations — small individual actions just won’t get us there. It will take a few things for climate restoration to succeed:

1. Innovative solutions

The problem with solutions is that, without the conditions they need to succeed, they’re just really good ideas. So it’s critical to both encourage the innovation needed to develop highly scalable solutions while developing the “enabling environment” that those solutions need to succeed (e.g., financing models, policy mechanisms, and public support).

2. Widespread awareness

Broadening the conversation around climate restoration is critical because paradigm shifts don’t happen without widespread awareness and mobilization. If we want to go beyond net-zero, we need a major public awareness campaign in 2022. F4CR has several initiatives that will contribute to enhancing public awareness, from our forthcoming Solution Series to the work of our Youth Leaders and Local Chapter members.

3. Robust policy support

Where do you fit in?

I invite you to take the leap in 2022 and get involved in climate restoration. Perhaps the biggest impact you can have is by joining our Local Chapter program. If you’d like to learn more, register for our next monthly Introductory Call or email Terri Pugh, our Chapter Empowerment Coordinator. If volunteering isn’t right for you at this time, consider becoming a monthly donor to help sustain our momentum. Let’s make 2022 the year of climate restoration!