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Soil Degradation

MHS AP Environmental

Published on Dec 11, 2014

Soil Degradation

Soils & climate


Published on Dec 11, 2015

Soil is the living base for agricultural and forestry production and a limited resource which cannot be renewed at the human scale. Increasingly, land is in demand and there is tension between different land uses. Changes in production practices, ploughing up of grassland, loss of arable and wooded land for urbanisation, increased use of biomass…There are so many changes which, if not taken into account, could affect soil quality and lower soil carbon stocks

See also the ADEME brochure “Organic carbon in soils, meeting climate change and food security challenges”: http://www.ademe.fr/organic-carbon-in…

Biochar – Return to Ancient Wisdom | James Lovelock


Published on Feb 7, 2014

Glimpse into the miraculous potential of Biochar as a significant solution to climate change, soil degradation, drought, slash and burn deforestation, peak phosphorus and the global food crisis.

Our independent feature film is now focused on Biochar education: http://www.blueprint-film.net

The Soil Solution to Climate Change Film


Published on Oct 12, 2014

What If A Solution To Climate Change Was Beneath Your Feet?

Soil is a living universe beneath our feet. As important to our lives as clean air and water, soil also holds a potential solution to the global climate crisis. Increasing numbers of scientists, farmers and ranchers are implementing innovative land use practices that build fertile soil and sequester atmospheric carbon These methods of land management have the potential to provide us with nutritious food, improved human health, cleaner water, and a healthier planet for all.

World wide, most soils are depleted of carbon. The atmosphere contains an excess of carbon in the form of CO2, a climate change causing gas. What if that CO2 could be removed and stored in our carbon-hungry soil through land management practices? Find out how in The Soil Solution.

The Soil Solution to Climate Change was one of thirteen films featured in A Climate of Change Tour sponsored by 350.org, TRUST campaign and Wild and Scenic Film Festival. It has screened at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Sausalito Film Festival, Awareness Festival, Davis Film Festival, Wild and Scenic Film Tour 2013 and the One Earth Film Festival.

Anything that we do to increase soil fertility could be a step in reversing climate change.
Here’s what you can do:

What Goes Up Must Come Down!- Cover bare soil with plants! Fertile soil is a natural sink for atmospheric carbon; the very same carbon that contributes to climate change. Excess carbon can be pulled out of the atmosphere by photosynthesis and into plants and the soil where it can have a beneficial effect.
Support Farmers and Ranchers Who Treat The Soil Like Gold- Buy from local food producers who increase soil fertility by using climate friendly agricultural methods including no or low-till plowing, cover cropping, composting and organic farming. If you eat meat, buy grass-fed beef from ranchers who practice holistic or rotational grazing methods that mimic the natural patterns found in nature.

If You Grow Your Own Food, Grow Your Own Soil- If you grow food, take care of your soil. Increase soil fertility by avoiding the use of toxic synthetic pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides on your garden or lawn. These poisons kill microorganisms that reside in and on the soil. These organisms perform numerous ecosystem services; including providing nutrients for plants, creating soil humus and loam and increasing plant health. The soil is filled with billions of unemployed microorganisms ready and willing to take on the job of providing nutrients to plants and indirectly to you.
Increase Your Skill Set- If you feel hopeless about climate change- it’s time to take action. Learn how to grow food without increasing atmospheric CO2. Take a course in organic gardening or regenerative farming. If you work with animals, learn about the benefits of rotational grazing. Get to know your local soil microbes and the Soil Food Web.

Why is soil so important?


Published on Dec 3, 2015

Fertile, healthy soil is essential for agriculture and food security. Without it we couldn’t grow the food we need to live. But it’s at risk from many different threats: erosion, degradation, poor soil management, desertification and urbanization. Syngenta works with growers to help them restore the fertility of the soil they farm. We’ve committed to improve the fertility of 10 million hectares of farmland on the brink of degradation. Visit http://www.goodgrowthplan.com to find out more.

The Soil Story by Kiss The Ground

Kiss The Ground

Published on Aug 31, 2015

WATCH the follow up, The Compost Story! http://bit.ly/2ov6zf8

Science meets inspiration in this tale of nature’s best hidden innovation: soil.

The Soil Story, created by Kiss the Ground, is a five-minute film that shares the importance of healthy soil for a healthy planet.

Learn how we can “sequester” (store) carbon from our atmosphere, where it is harmful, and pull it back into the earth, where it belongs, through regenerative agriculture, composting, and other land management practices.

The film was directed in partnership with Louis Fox, best-known for the acclaimed viral series, “The Story of Stuff”.

LEARN: www.kisstheground.com

Let’s talk about soil

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Published on Dec 4, 2014

This animated film tells the reality of soil resources around the world, covering the issues of degradation, urbanization, land grabbing and overexploitation; the film offers options to make the way we manage our soils more sustainable.
© FAO: http://www.fao.org

Soil Organic Carbon – the treasure beneath our feet

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Published on Mar 21, 2017


An animated illustration of soil organic carbon and its importance for climate action, food production and sustainable development



Meet Allen Williams, Gabe Brown and Neil Dennis – heroes and innovators! These ranchers now know how to regenerate their soils while making their animals healthier and their operations more profitable. They are turning ON their soils, enabling rainwater to sink into the earth rather than run off. And these turned ON soils retain that water, so the ranches are much more resilient in drought. It’s an amazing story that has just begun.

TRAILER Raise A Paddle: A Journey from the Pacific to the tar sands.