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The Soil Story is meant to be shared! On camera, in front of a room or through social media, we invite you to participate in the telling of this global story about humans and how we can heal the planet. The Soil Story is designed to be the voice for a new movement of regeneration, it has been shared with thousands around the world… and now, you!
FOR MEDIA MAKERS
The Soil Story is open source and free to use for educational purposes. If you have a camera and editing software, you can make your own version! We’ve included everything you need to make your own, including the After Effects file to translate the captions into your language.
Please let us know that you’re making use of the material. We’d love to see the final product!
The Soil Story was designed to serve as flexible content for middle to high school classes, offering a simple introduction to the global carbon cycle that can be taught in one class, or spread out over many sessions.
THE SOIL STORY SHOWS THE POWER OF SOIL CARBON SEQUESTRATION
In order to balance our climate, we have to stop releasing carbon. The big question is, where do we put this excess carbon to get this cycle back into balance?
Healing the Planet with Carbon
Climate change is a result of too much carbon in our atmosphere. But don’t think carbon is our enemy. The problem and the solution is simply a matter of balance between atmosphere and soil.
Starting about 500 million years ago when plants appeared on land, carbon began to cycle in an impressive balance that allowed for life today to evolve. Then a life form (hello, humans!!) discovered how to extract carbon from the fossil pool. We then burned it for energy, which disrupted that delicate balance.
Conventional farming practices and modern land management practices move carbon out of the soil. That all can change….
Carbon Farming Practices
Regenerative agriculture, in concert with other carbon farming practices, such as limited tilling, cover crops, and planned grazing, can build and retain gigatons of soil carbon.