The Big Global Map of Eco-Restoration. (A Global Earth Repair Summit 2022 Presentation) The Earth’s biosphere is undergoing catastrophic changes. The interconnected events producing these changes include climate destabilization, biodiversity loss, food and water shortages, and infectious vectors, among others. The Ecorestoration Alliance (ERA), headquartered in Rochester, NY, is an organization that firmly believes that the only mitigating solution is a rewilding of millions of hectares of degraded land areas. Local restoration and rehabilitation efforts are already enhancing biodiversity, re-introducing short water cycles, and sequestering carbon. These efforts must be realized on a global scale if we are to avoid the worst consequences of biological collapse. To this end, the ERA has produced The Big Map to Save the Future, a GIS product that highlights hundreds of locations where these rejuvenating activities are taking place. By clicking on each red dot, the user is presented with an inspirational story of how and why each landowner began his/her project, what barriers (s)he encountered, and what the final outcome was. Optionally, but desirably, the landowner can digitize their site boundary with an easy-to-use polygon tool. ERA’s hope is that these stories will inspire others to follow suit, to create a global network of life-saving restoration heroes. Further details can be obtained from Charles Shore at email@example.com.
From an email to Global Earth Repair Summit: … we are developing a Big Map to Save the Future. We are focusing on inspirational stories about ecorestoration and related attempts to save the biosphere. ERA sends out a short survey, and uses social media, to bring your stories to life on the Big Map. We also request that interested landowners either digitize a site boundary or provide us a drawing of the boundary.
Perhaps you [or the NWPCC Newsletter readers] could provide us with the names of NW practitioners who would be interested in sharing their information. I’d like to contact [land projects for the map].