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How Composting Combats the Climate Crisis – Institute for Local Self-Reliance

How Composting Combats the Climate Crisis – Institute for Local Self-Reliance

How Composting Combats the Climate Crisis – Institute for Local Self-Reliance

Composting reduces greenhouse gas emissions, improves soil’s ability to act as a carbon sink and builds community resilience to climate disruptions.

You can share these benefits by using our graphic! It is available for you to download (with attributions made to the Institute for Local Self-Reliance).

You can download the infographic here: PNG fileOr PDF file

Brenda Platt, creative direction, and Clarissa Libertyelli, art

Data sourcesILSR made this infographic largely based data that was shared during our Compost Climate Connections Webinar Series. The UN Convention to Combat Desertification Executive Secret Ibrahim Thiaw has provided the following information: 2020 World Soil Day: Protect biodiversity, keep soil healthy. The pie chart of US human-related methane omissions is based on 2020 data from the US EPA Landfill Methane Outreach Programme (LMOP)..


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The Institute for Local Self-Reliance ( is a national non-profit organization that works to strengthen local economies and redirect discarded material into local recycling, composting and reuse enterprises. It is reprinted with permission.

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Check out our other compost posters or infographics.

More than you think, compost has an impact:

Infographic: Compost for A Better

Hierarchy to Reduce Food Waste & Grow Community:


Resources/More Information:

ILSR’s Compost Climate Connections Webinar Series

ILSR’s documented Model Policies on Soil Health and Carbon Sequestration

Marin Carbon Project

See Also
Forest cover in Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh districts of India

Compost – Combatting Climate Change, The Compost & Climate Connection (publication) US Composting Council

Project Drawdown – Composting Solutions

Unlocking the Potential of Soil organic Carbon Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, Global Symposium on Soil Organic Carbon, March 21-23, 2017 – Outcome Document.  Infographic on Climate Change and Soil.

The Soil Story (video)
The Story of Compost (video)
Kiss the Ground

How composting can reduce our global impact July 21, 2021 Article UN Environment Programme 

Organic Materials Management and Climate Change CalRecycle

Organic Waste Composting Protocol Climate Action Reserve

Climate-Smart Agriculture: Compost Amendments Climate-Smart Agriculture Fact Sheet Series California Climate Hub USDA 


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