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Reviewing 2015, the International Year of Soils: Holiday Potluck

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Join us on Sunday, December 13th 6:00-9:00 p.m. for a holiday-themed potluck and social gathering. The evening will primarily be an opportunity for old and new friends to get better acquainted with some time set aside for collective reflection and discussion.

Some questions we'll consider...

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization has declared 2015 the International Year of Soils ( This year has brought dramatic changes in thinking about the relevance of soils, along with several paradigm-shifting conferences organized by Biodiversity for a Livable Climate ( that have drawn increasing awareness to the exciting possibilities of ecological restoration. What have we learned this year, how did all this change happen, and how should we proceed in 2016 and beyond? Will biodiversity-based solutions emerge in the discussions at the upcoming COP 21 climate talks ( in Paris happening November 30th-December 11th? What can we do to ensure that ecosystems restoration gains widespread recognition as an important tool in the fight against climate change?

Directions to Helen's house:

Helen's house (,+Cambridge,+MA+02139/@42.3685442,-71.1054976,17z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x89e3774e68fbe2fb:0xbbb67d412754f377) is about halfway between Central Square and Inman Square. If you take the MBTA red line to Central Square, exit the station walking down Massachusetts Avenue in the direction of Harvard Square (away from Boston). Walk six blocks and make a right on Lee Street, then walk two blocks past Harvard Street and Broadway. Cross Broadway onto Fayette Street (which will be in front of you) and then make your first left onto Fayette Park (a private way). Helen's house is toward the end, on the right.