To understand why we have such a perfectly balanced climate on planet Earth conducive to life that has been developing for 3,8 billion years on our watery planet, we need to accept and postulate that the planet is alive. ‘’The available paleodata testify for a stable maintenance of the values of global mean surface temperatures within the interval 5-25 C during the last seven hundred million years.’’ (A. Makarieva ). It is complex, interactive life itself that is regulating the global surface temperature through the interaction with the water cycle, with water being the major greenhouse gas on Earth. The fact that the Earth is alive, is a basic understanding of Indigenous knowledge. Now western science needs to accept this Copernican shift in mindset and step out of the geo-mechanical world view in order solve the crisis of life on our planet in dialogue with nature. The damage we have done to the biosphere will soon pass tipping points that will take her millions of years to rebalance into a new homeostasis, most likely without the human species, if we do not act with this insight and with action the size and scale needed to turn the tide as fast as we can.
Forests are planetary organs of our planet that cool in at least three powerful ways:
Emerging science supports the insights that the combined cooling effect of these three mechanisms is much stronger than currently understood. Forests can really cool our planet!
Through forest and forest-like smart landscapes, including agroforestry and climate-smart cities, we can cool the planet at the speed and scale needed to avert a climate catastrophe. Restoring nature at scale will not only harvest significant amounts of CO2 but will also effectively restore the cooling capacity through the hydrological cycle, driven by the interaction between forests and the atmosphere. We can reactivate and enhance the cooling power of Earth considerably by:
In return, nature will not only increase the Earth’s cooling capacity, it will also have a dampening effect on extreme weather events and regulate the hydrocycle better, decreasing the immediate damage to the global economy. This frontloading of regreening the planet and especially the tropical zones, has positive consequences for the economy, from the perspective of risk management and has a large positive social impact, inverting the deeply painful inequality that exists. Meanwhile we can achieve our climate goals faster, cheaper and in a way that is just and deeply meaningful.
But we are running out of time, and we need to get this underway in years before climate chaos is overtaking us. Top scientist Luciana Gatti of INPE (the Brazilian counterpart of NASA) tells us that we have five years to avert a tipping point in the Amazon Rainforest. Once we lose that forest, all our other efforts will be in vain.
To turn things around, we need to embark now on this connected set of connected projects:
I am asking you to connect your heart to our living Earth and future generations and help create a fast, huge mobilization based on these insights the size of which is unprecedented and join hands with Nature to avert a climate catastrophe through a sweeping movement taking over COP27 as a starting point to cool our beautiful, living, intelligent planet of which we are all born, our only mother Earth.
Ubaíra, Brazil, 11 December 2021
Rob de Laet
Co-founder of the World Climate School, member of Climate Change and Consciousness, Guardians Worldwide, Alliance for the Restoration of the Amazon, Doughnut Brazil, Metamorphosis, Amazon Investor Coalition and Extinction Rebellion.
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With special thanks to Hans Joergen Rasmussen, Inger-Mette Stenseth, Stephanie Mines, Daniel Pinchbeck, Connie Meyer, Charles Eisenstein, Jonah Wittkamper, Antonio Nobre, my dear brother Ronilson Flay Guajajara, my dear uncle Guboo Ted Thomas and my recently encountered friends of Green Water Cools, Pieter-Paul de Kluiver and Marcel de Berg, who, like me have dedicated the best part of a decade to find solutions to the life-threatening crisis we are in.
 See below scientist we are talking to to come together to quantify total forest cooling:
and Tartatchenko, Pocorny, Duvellier, Millan.
About the author:
Rob de Laet, Dutch, born 1956, adventurer, world traveller, philosopher, now living in a remote valley in the Brazilian rainforest, regenerating and rewilding himself. From an early age in the grip of the question of consciousness, the crisis humanity was heading for and is now in the midst of. Since 2013 full time focusing on resolving the crisis our species and planet are in. Member of several climate organisations.
‘’We will need to reinvent ourselves urgently to create a sustainable future for our offspring and all living creatures. We need to limit the damage to Nature and reconnect to our beautiful living, intelligent planet Earth, while birthing a new collective consciousness and an ecological civilization. In fact we need to all realize that we are indigenous to this miracle that is our planet, our only mother Earth.’’