Rattan Lal, director of the Carbon Management and Sequestration Center, recently spoke at three international events, was featured in the New York Times and on National Public Radio, and is working on a potential visit to Ohio State from the vice president of Patagonia.
On Dec. 3, the New York Times Sunday Review included an opinion piece, "Soil Power! The Dirty Way to a Green Planet" by Jacques Leslie, which discusses Lal's research and the scientific research and benefits of sequestering carbon in soil. The next day, Lal participated in a panel discusstion on NPR called "The Ground Beneath Our Feet." Other panelists included David Montgomery, author of "Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations," and Bianca Moebius-Clune from the USDA-NRCS soil health program. The focus was on soil management and restoration to mitigate climate change and advance food and nutritional security.
The Carbon Management and Sequestration Center has played a large role in COP21, COP22 and COP23, the three most recent Conferences of the Parties. These conferences are held each year by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). UNFCCC COPs assess progress in dealing with climate change, and beginning in the mid-1990s, negotiated the Kyoto Protocol to establish legally binding obligations for developed countries to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.
Lal was invited to the COP23 Summit in Bonn and was the Keynote Speaker at three global events. First, at “4 Per Thousand,” an event started by the French government after the COP21 Climate Summit in Paris, Lal presented “Soil Organic Carbon for Climate, Food and Peace." The session was attended by policy makers from Europe and around the world.
At “One World No Hunger in a Changing Climate,” organized by the German Government, Lal presented “Translating Science of Soil Carbon into Policy.” In it he addressed two questions: 1. How to save land, water and energy for nature, and 2. How to incentivize land managers through payments for ecosystem services.
Danone, the France-based yogurt company, organized an event entitled “There is Hope in Soil” in which Lal presented “The Soil-Centric Agronomic Management." During this event, Lal met the CEO of Danone, the Vice President of Patagonia, and Minister of Agriculture of France.
Lal is also a founding member of the Board of Adapting African Agriculture, established by the King of Morocco after the COP22.
In the photo, Stephane Travert, French Minister of Agriculture, left, talks with Lal, right, and Eric Soubeiran, director of Global Nature and Climate for Danone, center.