A global effort to remove 1 trillion metric tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and use it to enrich our agricultural soils

The world’s 3.6 billion acres of agricultural soils offer the most immediate, scalable, and affordable opportunity to remove carbon dioxide from our atmosphere. This requires innovation, open-source experimentation and investment.

The problem: 1 trillion metric tons of carbon dioxide

Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has increased dramatically. In April 2019, we hit a new record high of 415 parts per million of carbon dioxide. That amounts to a total increase of 1 trillion metric tons of carbon dioxide over the last ~250 years.

Removing carbon dioxide through photosynthesis

Photosynthesis is the natural process by which plants absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Plants retain the carbon, using it to grow leaves, stems, and roots. They also release some of the carbon through their roots into the soil as simple sugars. This contributes to a healthy soil ecosystem, rich in nutrients. By adopting regenerative farming practices, farmers can lock down this carbon in the soil, rather than releasing it back into the atmosphere through practices such as tilling.

Carbon-enriched soil is better soil

Carbon is the basic building block of life. Soil with high carbon content is teeming with life and rich in nutrients, requiring less fertilizer and producing healthier food. Carbon-rich soil absorbs and retains water more efficiently, helping farms be more resilient to floods and droughts. Enriching our agricultural soils is better for the planet, better for growers, and better for our food.

Why "Terraton"?

“Tera” means 1 trillion. So a teraton of carbon dioxide is one trillion tons of carbon dioxide. “Terra” is Latin for "earth." The Terraton Initiative represents the awesome potential of the soil beneath our feet to absorb one trillion tons of atmospheric carbon. See, for example, this visualization of the earth's carbon storage potential over time.

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Success will require a diverse coalition. Whether you are a company looking to meet consumer needs for carbon neutral products, a nonprofit focused on climate change, or a government looking to build a more resilient agriculture industry, we want to hear from you. Click below to tell us more about your organization. We are excited to work together.