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The Climate Action Team’s (CAT) mission is to plan and implement activities to educate and motivate BUUF members and friends to combat the climate crisis, reflecting our 7th Principle, “Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.” CAT works with partners, such as Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL) and others, to present solutions, increase awareness, and take action in our community and beyond.

Team leaders are Sharon and Dennis Rockwood,

Coming Events

Our next Monthly meeting (third Monday) will be August 16, 7:30 – 8:30 pm, via Zoom

Check out our activities and links for Earth Month 2021 (April 18 – May 15), and watch for alerts about Climate Action Team presentations throughout the year! If you missed an event that we’ve recorded, you can watch it on our YouTube channel.

Recent Events

Earth Month 2021: Check out our YouTube playlist of this year’s events! We’ll be updating our CAT Resources page with information and summaries of the events, too.

Climate Emergency – Feedback Loops
On March 25, 2021, the CD Environmental Film Festival and the National Museum of Natural History co-presented the introductory film in the Climate Emergency – Feedback Loops series, with a recorded discussion with climate scientists whose research highlights solutions for a hopeful future. The complete Climate Emergency – Feedback Loops series can be streamed online.

Feedbacks Between Terrestrial Ecosystems and Climate Change,” presented by Marie-Anne de Graaff, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Boise State University, Department of Biological Sciences, Saturday, January 23, 2021, in conjunction with the Citizens Climate Lobby – Boise Chapter. Prof. de Graaff’s presentation was recorded, and is available on BUUF’s YouTube channel. A brief summary from Rick Groff:

The impact of soil on the warming of the atmosphere due to greenhouse gases is often overlooked. The soil holds nearly twice as much carbon as does the atmosphere and water combined.

Plants capture carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere in the process of photosynthesis and release CO2 and much smaller amounts of methane in the decomposition of plant material by microbes and fungi, in a continuous process.

As fungi and bacteria decompose plant material, about two-thirds of the carbon captured during photosynthesis is released back into the atmosphere. Carbon being removed from the atmosphere to a fixed form elsewhere is called sequestration.

Changes in the ecosystem may impact the carbon sequestration by the soil, for example: conversion of a biodiverse habitat to mono-diverse cropland, range fires, invasive species, and/or global warming.

Warming soil temperatures caused by global warming can increase the rate of microbial action and cause the soil to release carbon into the atmosphere.

There are farming practices that can help soil to not only maintain carbon levels but to increase the amount of carbon retained in the soil. Such practices may increase the health of the soil and make it more productive while reducing the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

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