Joanna Campe, executive director of Remineralize the Earth, has been invited to give a presentation at the II Brazilian Stonemeal Congress (II BSC). Her presentation will be on an overview of the global remineralization movement and its potential.
RTE has filmed a discussion on the potential role of remineralization to sequester carbon and stabilize the climate. Three prominent speakers participated in the discussion during SER2011, the 4th World Conference on Ecological Restoration in Merida, Mexico: Dr. Goreau, President of the Global Coral Reef Alliance and Coordinator of the UN Commission (SIDSPINST), Ron Larson, an expert on biochar, and Albert Bates, author and director of the Institute for Appropriate Technology.
Dr. Thomas Goreau's research study showing an 8-fold increase in biomass volume of trees remineralized with basalt rock dust, was presented at SER2011 by RTE's executive director Joanna Campe. Click "read more" to view and download the presentation.
Society For Ecological Restoration
4th World Conference
on Ecological Restoration
Mérida, Mexico - August 21-25, 2011
Dr. Thomas Goreau, Harvard Ph.D. in Biogeochemistry and President of the Global Coral Reef Alliance, will be presenting a major new research paper at the upcoming World Conference on Ecological Restoration in Mérida, Mexico. During a 5-year research project in Panama in which tree seedlings were planted into a variety of soils, the plot remineralized with crushed basalt rock powder got astonishing results: a 2.17 increase in height and 8 times the biomass tree volume.
Trees for Clean Energy Network (TCEN) empowers youth and women to produce clean energy biofuel to light households and power small enterprises. Joanna Campe, Executive Director of RTE, and Zablon Wagalla met each other at the World International Renewable Energy Conference (WIREC 2008) vowing to partner at some time in the future growing jatropha on marginal soils with rock dust. Jatropha produces sustainable biofuel from the seeds at the same time that it restores soils and makes them arable within a few years. TCEN has started a fundraising drive to raise $6500 for a new project that will include remineralization. For more information and to make a donation click here.
This is part of RTE's commitment to fulfill the WIREC Green Pledge. To see our Pledge click here.
On November 27, a conference on rocks and alternative minerals to fertilize soils and use as biofuel was held at the Center of Mineral Technology (CETEM) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. RTE Coordinator in Brazil, Alberto Machado and Carlos Cristan, attended the event, where geologists, agronomists, veterinaries, biologists, farmers, entrepreneurs and government officials had the opportunity to discuss proposals for public policies for the support and feasibility of the remineralization of Brazilian soils.
SIDS Partnership Launches The Interactive Multimedia Green Disc: New Technologies For A New Future
December 16 2009, Bella Center, Copenhagen, Denmark
United Nations Conference on Climate Change COP-15
Remineralize the Earth and soil remineralization have been included in a 40 chapter interactive multimedia disc of innovative, proven, cost-effective new technologies for integrated sustainable development, adaptation to rising temperature and sea level, and solutions for reversing global climate change. The Green Disc was circulated to all COP-15 delegations today. The technologies include a wide variety of new renewable energy technologies including ocean energy, biomass energy, waste recycling to make clean water, energy, carbon-negative fuels and fertilizer, carbon sequestration, soil fertility restoration, large scale restoration of land and ocean ecosystems, and sustainable agriculture and mariculture. These technologies can be used in small, isolated rural communities and large industrial cities in SIDS, developing, and developed countries. They can be rapidly ramped up to solve major global climate, development, and environmental problems, yet they are currently under-utilized because of inadequately effective policies and funding for sustainable development.
To read the chapter RTE has contributed, click here
Remineralize the Earth Announces:
2009 RETECH Conference
Las Vegas, NV, February 25th-27th,
Las Vegas Convention Center
RPM Ecosystems Fast-Growing Trees
The International Biochar Initiative
and Remineralize the Earth
"There is one way we could save ourselves and that is through the massive
burial of charcoal. It would mean farmers turning all their agricultural
waste - which contains carbon that the plants have spent the summer
sequestering - into non-biodegradable charcoal, and burying it in the soil.
Then you can start shifting really hefty quantities of carbon out of the
system and pull the CO2 down quite fast."
From September 21-24, 2009, the Brazilian Conference of Rochagem will be taking place in Brasília. With the help of various Brazilian Institutions, the congress will cover topics on the most recent cutting edge research, as well as regulation and mineral production for soil remineralization to form a coherent policy making strategy. The conference will be attended by Carlos Cristan and Alberto Machado, our international coordinator in Brazil as well as many agrogeologists from Canada and South America. The conference is being sponsored by Petrobras and other companies and government agencies and it is organized by researchers from the University of Brazil.
More information in Portuguese can be found here.
Update: For photos of the conference, click below.
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