Climate Change, Land Use and Monetary Policy: The New Trifecta by Geraldine Perry argues that it is land use, not fossil fuel burning per se, which drives that portion of climate change attributable to human activity, and it is, in turn, monetary policy that has driven land use since the days of ancient Mesopotamia. We must come to terms with the fact that our current, single-minded fixation on CO2 reduction will only keep us on the present trajectory of planetary destruction – even as it makes boatloads of money for all manner of “stock-jobbers” and industry insiders who have managed to turn CO2 into a trade-able commodity. All of this is, in large part, due to our own oversimplification and misunderstanding of the scientific and monetary questions. Yet there are solutions if we only choose to look. The first portion of the book focuses on the relationship between climate change and land use, particularly in the agriculture and energy arenas. You’ll be introduced to a unique form of agriculture, often referred to as regenerative or perennial agriculture, through which it is possible to dramatically reduce CO2 and associated soil and water pollution. At the same time, this type of agriculture helps to rebuild our dangerously depleted agricultural soils. Surprisingly, this form of agriculture can also dramatically reduce the amount of land devoted to food production, and provide us with the astonishing ability to feed the world’s billions 20 or 30 times over with high quality, nutritious foods. “Land-friendly” energy alternatives are also touched upon, which bear little resemblance to today’s land-hungry “clean” or “green” energy alternatives, and yet hold amazing promise for a truly “green” future. The later portion of the book explores the relationship between land use and monetary policy which the modern world inherited from ancient Mesopotamia. It is the extractive nature of this monetary system that encourages the high-risk gambling characteristic of trifecta bets that destroys the land and deprives the people of the fruits of their labor. Land use is the problem and “land-friendly” monetary reform is the solution.
About the Author:
Geraldine Perry is an award-winning author whose books and articles focus on long term solutions to economic, health and environmental justice issues. The scope and depth of her multifaceted research has led to a uniquely fresh and truly holistic perspective, offering readers an opportunity to think anew about familiar issues and their most meaningful solutions. In her spare time Geri enjoys reading, taking long walks, picking raspberries in summer and helping her husband stay healthy so he can run fast and win medals.
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