Restoring the health of soil under our feet is a powerful tool in combatting climate change. By relying on time-tested approaches – many of which Indigenous and Black farmers have practiced for centuries – our yards, gardens, trees, parks, farms, and wetlands will absorb carbon from the Earth’s atmosphere and store it underground. We must do this to avoid a dangerous global temperature rise.
The Healthy Soil, Livable Future Action Group seeds actions that individuals and chapters can take to fight climate change by harvesting Earth’s natural solutions. We envision being part of a climate movement that preserves forests and wetlands, maintains our mature trees while planting more, especially in heat island communities, “rewilds” urban and suburban landscapes, prevents the harmful use of toxic pesticides and herbicides, promotes the healthy soil and food production of community gardens, and joins pollinator pathways populated by native plants.
WE GROUND OUR ACTIONS IN FOUR ORGANIZING PRINCIPLES
- To nurture healthy soil
- To act in support of environment justice
- To improve the health of people and animals
- To promote the growth and improve the distribution of healthy food
Painting by Janet Powers, member of Healthy Soil, Livable Future
Building our grass-roots power is both a challenge and a necessity. Just as the fossil fuel industry is rich, powerful and fierce in protecting its business interests, so, too, are industrial agriculture, lawn care companies, and pesticide producers. By learning and acting together to protect human health and replenish the soil’s carbon-absorbing capacity, we improve air quality, spur healthy food production and integrate nature into our built environments. Even more, we will build a movement that is equal to this challenge we confront today.