Tell the IPCC and the UN! The Crocus Currency, a smart way to tackle climate change
An important proposal for present and future generations.
The world scientific community could ask the UN to kick-start a new currency dedicated to cooling the Earth and feeding people. We would call it "The Crocus".
Principle: the money supply is indexed to the «healthy living biomass of the land surface» (i.e. apart from the ocean's biomass which is too hard to evaluate).
What is meant by "healthy biomass”? Traditional small-scale farming, agroecology, agroforestry, permaculture, all the natural surroundings. Neither GMO, nor industrial agriculture or factory farming or hydroponic cultivation.
As a result, the more healthy vegetation is grown (permaculture is used, trees are planted, soils are regenerated, natural lands and forests are preserved), the more the money supply is increased.
The crocus would be a powerful tool for simultaneously tackling climate change and feeding people, because its role is to:
- enrich soils, increase vegetation and biodiversity,
- capture CO₂, reduce the greenhouse effect and tackle global warming,
- preserve freshwater and the major balances (carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus cycles...),
- feed all living beings.
At the same time, it would provide people with a lot of valuable jobs for a meaningful life.
How does it work?
When living biomass grows, the money supply is increased in the same proportion by the OMF, Organic Monetary Fund, created for this purpose by the UN.
Every year, each country involved in the project receives crocuses, depending on the increase of its healthy living biomass as evidenced by the scientific community.
And then the crocuses are directly awarded by the government. To whom? Only to individuals: to small farmers of course, and also to all agricultural employees, provided that food is produced in an ecological way. This way, creating biomass becomes a source of additional income for those who feed the world in a sustainable manner. Forest rangers and field scientists are also recipients of crocuses.
Only these people have the right to exchange the crocus currency, solely with the local complementary currency of their community.
The exchange rate is set by the UN, so that this money cannot give rise to speculation.
Actually, the Crocus would be a «universal incentive to heal the Earth» and a powerful tool for solving many of the problems that our species is facing: hunger, health, unemployment, biodiversity and environmental collapses.
As regards climate change, such a project would make it possible to act now, without waiting for the agreement reached by the COP 21 to start producing effects.
The Crocus international complementary currency would help both mitigation and adaptation to Climate Change.
Why? Because growing a huge amount of living biomass is the means to put a massive quantity of Carbon back into the soil and vegetation.
Soil & carbon: soil solutions to climate problems (Center for Food Safety, 2015)
"By harnessing the immense power of photosynthesis, we can convert
atmospheric carbon, a problem, into soil carbon, a solution. Emerging science
proves that shifting to regenerative forms of agriculture will allow us to
store excess carbon safely in the ground."
"We have a global soil carbon deficit that can be addressed immediately by
transferring atmospheric CO2 into soil humus through plant biomass, and we
know restoring soil health is the only way we can provide enough food and
water to everyone on the planet."
UNCCD’s Monique Barbut quote:
''With the right support and incentives, land‐dependent communities could help turn degraded land into a productive asset in as little as two years.
The approach is the essence of sustainable development. It offers millions of people real opportunity. It delivers the basis for food, energy and water security. It helps build resilience in the face of climate change. It reduces carbon emissions AND sequesters carbon in the soil.
And worldwide, there are huge opportunities. There are 2 billion hectares of degraded land worldwide with the potential for restoration. 75% of that is in working landscapes. The restoration of just 500 million hectares could store up to 30% of global carbon emissions ‐ buying us valuable time for energy transition. And with the costs of restoration in the range of a 150 dollars a hectare, it is cost‐effective. It makes policy and business sense.''
(Speech of Monique Barbut, Executive Secretary, UN Convention to Combat Desertification
The 5th Kubuqi International Desert Forum 28‐29 July 2015, Ordos, China)
See also: Meet John D. Liu, the Indiana Jones of Landscape Restoration |
Links about the Crocus Currency:
The shortest way to a soft and smart revolution: the Crocus Currency!
¡El camino más corto para una revolución suave e inteligente: la moneda Crocus!
La monnaie Crocus, ou le plus court chemin vers une révolution douce et « smart » !
We can create a virtuous circle!
- The sun gives its energy for free,
- Natural ecosystems along with the rich and diverse agro-ecosystems provide services in abundance,
- So human effort is directed towards working with nature rather than against it,
- in doing so, healthy living biomass increases, has a moderating effect on climate, provides food and an additional income in the form of crocuses.
This parallel currency system is the way to valuing nature rather than destroying it. As nature’s generosity generates money, people have a vested interest in protecting and cultivating it in an environmentally friendly way. That would be the exact opposite of the current deadly industrial agriculture.
This is how this principle could be summarized:
"With the Crocus it’s money that is bought by nature and not nature that is bought by money"
Allowing humanity to ally with the power of Life, the crocus would be a really virtuous currency.
Don't you think this idea deserves consideration? Shouldn't it be quickly promoted worldwide?
Because it is terribly urgent, why not suggest it to the IPCC? To the UN ?
I hope this proposal can be helpful for humankind because "we are all on the same boat".
(firstname.lastname@example.org I live in Besançon, near Switzerland. I hold a degree in Natural Sciences. See https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BygD7EaNYj4LRWtiTzMyQkEtUWs)
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