It starts with photosynthesis. This fundamental process powers all life on earth, and we believe it can play a huge role in addressing climate change. By harnessing its innate power, we can pull carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, lock it in the soil, and propel real progress towards our climate goals.
We propose a natural approach to addressing climate change and feeding the planet.
So how does photosynthesis make this possible? Plants everywhere already undergo photosynthesis, absorbing carbon from the atmosphere. Plants mainly convert this carbon into leaves, stems, and roots, as well as transferring some of it to the soil as simple sugars.
We’re incentivizing farmers to adopt regenerative practices that keep the carbon in the soil, like planting cover crops, rather than releasing it back into the atmosphere with practices like tilling.
When plants die, the soil where they were growing can absorb a portion of their carbon content, which happens as decaying organic material decomposes and becomes part of the topsoil. Carbon adds new life to the soil. And like most natural processes, it’s a cycle: the more fertile the soil, the more life it can support, and more carbon is added.
Some farming practices encourage carbon capture, while others result in its loss. The Terraton Initiative aims to leverage photosynthesis through regenerative farming practices to bolster and enrich the soil’s carbon levels. We’re incentivizing farmers to adopt methods that keep the carbon embedded in the soil, rather than releasing it back into the atmosphere with practices like tilling.
This solution requires no artificial processes or hypothetical future technology.
It’s affordable, scalable, and we can start implementing it right away. We already have the tools we need; they just need to be deployed at scale. If we help photosynthesis do its job, we have the potential to contribute a major piece of the puzzle for solving climate change.