The Soil Sponge (FULL)
The Soil Carbon Sponge and its Role in Whole Systems Landscape Function
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Join us a live for a live, interactive online course with author and educator Didi Pershouse.
A healthy soil sponge can soak up rain, store and filter water, and provide resilience for farms, towns, and businesses. Changes in land management can address interconnected issues like flooding, drought, wildfires, human health, and regional temperature shifts--at far less cost than we currently spend on fixing those problems.
Learning how to effectively restore the function of a watershed through soil health practices can save farmers, municipalities, insurers, and tax payers enormous amounts of money, while reducing risk, and providing many benefits such as:
- Abundant clean water
- Flood and drought resilience
- Reduced erosion, dredging, and road repairs
- Prevention of algae blooms and dead zones
- Improved local economies
- Increased biodiversity
- Moderation of regional temperatures
- Reduced conflicts over resources
SPACES ARE LIMITED, so if you are interested please sign up soon! If the course overfills you can either be first in line for the next series, or get a refund.
Didi Pershouse, author of The Ecology of Care, and Understanding Soil Health and Watershed Function, will lead participants through a series of five interactive online classes that demonstrate the biological processes involved in fully functional natural and human-managed landscapes. She will also teach participants to how to create the conditions in which those processes can happen naturally.
Didi's teaching style is specifically geared towards creating “communities of practice,” working groups of closely-connected people with common goals. If you are committed to creating a world that works, and are ready to learn a new way of seeing landscapes, water, and people, then you are the right person to attend.
- The tools to make a convincing case for soil health and the regeneration of the soil carbon sponge, informed by an understanding of soil's central role in addressing current economic, social, and environmental pressures.
- A new perspective on the living matrix of the soil carbon sponge, and its relationship to carbon, water, and nutrient cycles.
- A deeper understanding of the soil health principles, and why focusing on principles first (before "Best Management Practices") will create dramatically different outcomes.
- A community of people working towards similar goals.
- Facilitation skills and materials to help you share this knowledge with others.
This course is currently closed to enrollment.
Participants will come together on Zoom Video Conferencing for these interactive online classes. All of the classes will be recorded and made available to course participants. (Please note that this is a discussion-based participatory course, and topics may shift or expand somewhat.)
*If these dates or times don't work for you, please complete this online form, as we will be offering a second course if this one fills up, as well as additional courses on related topics. If you have any questions, please email Didi ([email protected]) and Alex ([email protected]).
*A few spots in every course are reserved for participants who cannot otherwise afford to attend. Contact us if this is you. We are particularly interested in saving spots for emerging leaders from the Global South.
Didi Pershouse is the author of The Ecology of Care: Medicine, Agriculture, Money, and the Quiet Power of Human and Microbial Communities and Understanding Soil Health and Watershed Function. She is a lead author for the upcoming United Nations FAO Technical Manual on Soil Organic Carbon Management, and a contributing author to the upcoming volume: Health in the Anthropocene.
As the founder of the Center for Sustainable Medicine, she developed a practice and theoretical framework for systems-based ecological medicine—restoring the health of people as well as the environmental and social systems around them. After 22 years of clinical work, Pershouse now travels widely in North America and Europe as a speaker and teacher. Her participatory workshops engage farmers and ranchers, policy makers, investors, and environmentalists in deep listening, systems thinking, and emergent strategies.
Both online and in-person, Pershouse is a skilled facilitator, who can bring together conservatives and liberals into effective working groups with common goals: improving soil health, public health, water security, and climate resilience through simple changes in land management.
She is the president of the non-profit Soil Carbon Coalition, Strategic Director of Regenerate Earth, and a co-founder of the "Can we Rehydrate California?" Initiative. She was one of five speakers at the United Nations-FAO World Soil Day in 2017. You can learn more about her work at www.didipershouse.com