Soil is truly a multifaceted ‘super hero’: it grows nutritious food, supports all plant and insect life on earth, holds and cleans water, eliminates water and air pollution, and sequesters atmospheric carbon, reversing climate change. It is NOT dirt.
Many of our current construction, farming, urban design, and industrial processes kill Living Soil. When our soil is damaged in these ways it can no longer function to support human existence. When soil dies we get desertification, one symptom of which is drought. When we kill the soil, we kill ourselves. We must change our ways of dealing with soil so that we can thrive.
We feel so strongly about this that we are partnering with the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and the Council for Watershed Health to present the Urban Soil Carbon Water Summit in February 2015. Our ‘soil smack down’ conference will bring together world-renowned speakers who know we can bring soil back from the brink. They want to share their groundbreaking research and experimentation to help us gain the knowledge and confidence to save our way of life by creating soil and water security, and reversing climate change.
Dr. Elaine Ingham, founder of the Soil Food Web, Ray “the Soil Guy” Archuleta from NRCS, and Dr. Suzanne Simard, pioneer of the forest carbon sequestration process are joined by moderator Judith Schwartz, author of Cows Save The Planet, to explore the science of locking carbon into the soil, and using the soil to filter water before it reaches our rivers, lakes and beaches.
Allan Savory, developer of the Holistic Land Management strategy of the Savory Institute, and Brock Dolman, consummate educator on watershed science are joined by moderator Kristin Ohlson, author of The Soil Will Save Us, to translate the science into action and draw from projects around the globe in which the conservation and restoration of soil biology has resulted in improving the resilience of ecosystems to climate change.
The culmination of the two-day discussion will be applying this information to an urban setting such as Los Angeles. How are our urban cities going to survive unless we use these approaches to secure our future, create jobs and improve the urban economy?
The limited number of tickets for The Urban Soil Carbon Water Summit went on sale this week, but they are selling fast. Reserve your place at the table today.