Dear friends in the Living Soil Movement,
As you know, soil degradation represents one of the most critical yet unknown challenges of our time. A quick refresh of the facts:
More than 90% of our food comes from our soils, yet current unsustainable land use practices have degraded 25% of the earth’s soils to the point where they can no longer support production and biodiversity. This degradation continues today at the global rate of around 10 million ha per year; that is 30 soccer fields per minute!
The issue of soil degradation is of such magnitude and complexity that it is beyond the power of any single organization, industry or country to address. A broad-scale, cross-sectoral, collaborative approach is needed, top-down and bottom-up!
In July 2013 130 people convened at the Summer of Soil to connect and kickstart this movement and about 8000 people were reached through our Living Soil Exhibition. Since the UN has declared 2015 the ‘International Year of Soils’, the time is now to accelerate and expand awareness on soil degradation. This year we are working with the following questions:
- What is already planned for 2015 in terms of a global soil campaign, and how can we support and expand these efforts?
- What are you and we planning for 2015, and how can we collaborate with one another?
- 2015 is only the beginning, what is next?
We are currently designing events and activities for 2015 and beyond, so stay tuned, and do get in touch if you have ideas or suggestions!