Check out this great piece from the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies:
In the wake of real climate change, we need to think of ways to renew and reinvigorate our forests and trees, and begin to respond to perturbations in the ecosystem that are changing the ways landscape naturally regenerate.
Our forests can be one of the very first places to start.
It’s not the most compelling combination of words.
But as seemingly tedious as the topic may be, most people don’t realize that soils are as vital to our existence as food and water. After all, most of the foods we consume literally come from the ground.
No conversation about environmental sustainability would be complete without an urgent discussion of soil biology. Healthy soils are fundamental to landscape regeneration and to our overall well-being. This, of course, shouldn’t be surprising news.
However, the realities of an increasingly parched and uncultivable landscape are weighing oppressively on agricultural and environmental efforts, restricting productivity and damaging microbial habitats that benefit our ecosystem. We owe our attention to these developments.
Below is a video that explains the critical role soils play in our daily lives. Sensitive, pressing, and intermittently poetic, it explores an overlooked problem that threatens our footing in the world.