Bulb Show Opening Lecture 2020

Friday, March 6, 2020
Campus Center Carroll Room


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Climate Change, Food, and Landscapes

by Eric Toensmeier

Friday, March 6, 7:30 pm, Campus Center Carroll Room
Followed by a reception and Bulb Show preview
at the Lyman Plant House
Free and open to the public

What we eat, how we manage our landscapes, and how our food is grown have a huge impact on climate change. In fact the food system is responsible for almost a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions – yet it also offers great promise as part of the solution. This presentation will introduce practical steps you can take at many levels: in your garden, in your kitchen, and the farms and ecosystems in your community. Mitigating climate change also means addressing climate justice and helping farmers around the world adapt to challenging new conditions. Some suggestions will be offered for policies to push for from the local to international levels.


Eric Toensmeier is a Senior Fellow at Project Drawdown and a lecturer at Yale University. He is the author of The Carbon Farming Solution: A Global Toolkit of Perennial Crops and Regenerative Agriculture Practices for Climate Change Mitigation and Food Security. Eric is a newly named Senior Fellow of the Evergreening Global Alliance, a massive effort to scale up the adoption of agroforestry. He has a very biodiverse home garden in Holyoke and is the former Farm Project Director for Nuestras Raíces.

Eric Toensmeier