Local author (and fellow Anyone) Kristin Ohlson will give a talk about her new book, "The Soil Will Save Us: How Scientists, Farmers and Foodies Are Healing the Soil to Save the Planet." The book introduces readers to the ancient partnership between plants and soil microorganisms, discusses how people have interfered with that partnership to our peril, and shows how visionaries around the world are healing soil and landscapes.
In the past, industrial agriculture and other land practices have caused the loss of 80 billion tons of soil carbon, much of which is now in our atmosphere contributing to global warming. Ohlson says our great green hope lies in restoring the partnership between plants and soil microorganisms, healing soils, and putting that carbon back in the ground.
Most people don’t realize that soil is a living, breathing ecosystem similar to a coral reef. Billions of tiny underground life forms receive carbon that plants have snatched from the air and, in turn, provide them with mineral nourishment. It’s time for us to work with these helpful organisms and not against them.
Kris travelled from Ohio to Africa to the American West and back again to study how farmers, scientists, and foodies are creating healthier soils and, in the process, increasing soil carbon. Building soil health is not only one of the most affordable methods of removing carbon already in the atmosphere but results in more productive farms, cleaner waterways, and drought prevention. For most people, the idea of reversing (or even putting a dent in) climate change seems too big a task, yet Ohlson helps readers understand it’s as easy as getting started in our own backyards. Through vivid storytelling, THE SOIL WILL SAVE US has the power to inspire everyone to rethink the potential of the dirt beneath their feet and take action.
Kristin Ohlson's work has appeared in the New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, Salon, Discover, and elsewhere. Her article about burning coal mines was collected in Best American Science Writing 2011. She is also the author of Stalking the Divine, which won the American Society of Journalists and Authors’ 2004 Best Nonfiction Book award, and coauthor of New York Times bestseller Kabul Beauty School.
At Powell's downtown, book readings and signings are held on the fourth floor. Seating is limited, so come early if you can. I will have an Anyone Can Join sign to help us find each other before the reading starts.