When most people think about the causes of climate change, they imagine cars, smokestacks, factories spewing out all manner of greenhouse gases (GHGs). In fact, between a third and a quarter of global GHG emissions come from the destruction or transformation of natural ecosystems.
In other words, as we continue cutting down and burning the world’s forests, we emit vast amounts of greenhouse gases. And it isn’t only about the destruction of the Amazon rainforest. Many of these transformations are taking place much closer to home: in the farms and pastures that provide our food.