Chapter 53: Communicating climate change science to diverse audiences
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The soil system regulates the earth’s climate in fundamental ways and is also a victim of human-induced climate change. The soil system also offers powerful climate change mitigation and adaptation solutions that have multiple critical co-benefits for the food and nutritional security of the growing human population, and health of the natural ecosystem. Going forward, as we work to address climate change, it is not enough to just lower emission from fossil fuel burning. We must also reduce emissions from human land use, in particular promote adoption of natural climate change solutions that aim to improve soil health and, in the process, increase the amount of carbon stored in soil. Doing so requires that we always center soil and equity in climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts. Specifically, when it comes to communicating the science of climate change, we need to highlight the voices of communities that were/are historically marginalized by acknowledging and addressing historic inequities with access to resources and opportunities, as well as socio-economic and political factors that are the root causes of the climate crisis.