Soil is NOT dirt. When you think of climate and climate change everyone keeps looking up — but look down: Living Soil holds on to carbon and in doing so, creates a giant sponge which is able to hold on to water.
The Soil in the City summit is the first international conference focused on ways people can harness the power of soil to reverse climate change in urban environments.
Summit host, The Natural History Museum of LA County, seeks to inspire wonder, discovery and responsibility for our natural and cultural worlds and empower the widest possible audience to enjoy, value and become stewards of the living Earth. This two-day conference on February 24 & 25, 2015 will be held in the Museum’s intimate setting and brings 300 attendees together with the researchers, practitioners, policymakers and other experts in the areas of resource management, urban farming, permaculture, healthy local economies, pollution mitigation and other environmental solutions. Highlights of the conference include:
- Elaine Ingham, The Soil Food Web and Dr. Sophie Parker, The Nature Conservancy, discussing the microbiological secrets of soil
- Ray “The Soil Guy” Archuleta, NRCS, Mitchell Pavao-Zuckerman, Biosphere 2 and Sarah Gatzke, CA Water Boards, demonstrating how soil structure changes storm water project design
- Allan Savory, The Savory Institute, discussing the economics of holistic land management
- Judith Schwartz, author of Cows Save The Planet, and Kristin Ohlson, author or The Soil Will Save Us, moderating panel discussions
- Andy Lipkis, TreePeople, Suzanne Simard, Univ. of B.C., discussing the role of soil biology in protecting the urban forest
Sixteen world-renowned speakers at the Soil in the City summit show us how we can rethink our current urban land use practices and create living soil to solve big environmental issues.
Our cities seek to become more resilient in the face of climate change. Living soil creates soil security that in turn creates water security by reversing drought and homeland security by growing nutritious food, supporting plant and insect life, holding and cleaning water, eliminating water and air pollution, reducing flooding, and sequestering atmospheric carbon.
Come network with our experts and be part of this important dialogue. Leave with sound ideas about how to change the city you live in. Tickets available at UrbanSoil.org