Soil, dirt, dust, earth – call it what you will – this substance is the basis for all terrestrial life (including us). It is also the largest carbon sink (by a factor of 2x) and, in its pure form, contains trillions of lifeforms. The problem is, the way we farm today is rapidly stripping the Earth of its soils. Since 1980, we have lost 1/3rd of Earth’s arable land, and meanwhile, we are adding billions of humans. Is there a way of rebuilding our precious soils? Can soil really sequester enough CO2 fast enough to make an impact in climate? And is soil (rather than biotech and chemicals) the answer to feeding the worlds hungry human population?
Until now, the climate movement as we know it has been mired in political rhetoric, lost in moral righteousness, and adrift in a sea of “all-hope-is-lost” nihilism. But by studying the biogenic cycles of Earth, it is clear that there is much more at play than carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels. The way we treat soil has more to do with altering water cycles, heat waves and the resulting environmental disasters than any other human activity. We have unwittingly reverse-terraformed our planet – Josh Tickell believes we can terraform it back in time to sustain 10 billion people.
Join Sundance Award-Winning Film Director, best-selling author and thought leader in environmental engineering, Josh Tickell, as he delivers the culmination of 20 years of research. In 1997, Tickell drove a van powered by used cooking oil, “The Veggie Van,” across the country galvanizing the then nascent alternative fuels movement. His subsequent movie, FUEL, was shortlisted for an Oscar, shown in the White House and shown in theaters around the world. He has since directed many films and written three books, the most recent of which, Kiss the Ground, How the Food You Eat Can Reverse Climate Change, Heal Your Body and Ultimately Save the World, is a #1 New Release on Amazon.com. The book and the upcoming documentary film are the result of global journey through science, agriculture and technology. Come learn the secrets to this new revolution in thinking.
From November 18, 2017 9:30 am to 12:30 pm Save to calendar