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Sept 1/Reporting Back from the 2nd Annual International Soil Not Oil Conference

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Santa Barbara Permaculture Network presents

A Special Evening Gathering
Reporting Back from  
the 2nd Annual International Soil Not Oil Conference
Thurs, Sept1, 7-9pm, 2016 - FREE

Location: Art from Scrap Art Center (outdoors)
302 E Cota St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Discussion & Short Films about Soil & Carbon Farming
including excerpts from
the soon to be released Seeds of Vandana Shiva documentary; The Soil Solution to Climate Change by Jill Cloutier & Carol Hirashima;
& Kiss the Ground short film narrated by Woody Harrelson

Conference reports from Margie Bushman, Wes Roe & others

Regenerative agriculture provides answers to the soil crisis, the food crisis, the climate crisis & the crisis of democracy. Vandana Shiva

P lease join Santa Barbara Permaculture Network for an evening of outdoor film and discussion, as we share what was learned at the recent 2nd Annual Soil Not Oil Conference in Richmond, CA, while enjoying short films that focus on soil and "Carbon Farming" as solutions to climate change. The event will take place on Thursday, Sept 1, 7-9pm, at the Art from Scrap Art Center in downtown Santa Barbara.  

The Soil Not Oil international campaign was first launched by scientist and environmental activist Dr.Vandana Shiva of the Navadany Foundation, who suggests restoring global soil quality is one of the best things we can do for climate change, and was one of the first to connect the dots between climate change and the disastrous soil practices of industrial agriculture.

The 2nd Annual Soil Not Oil conference in Richmond was organized to bring together farmers, ranchers, scientists, policy makers, NGOs and community leaders to explore how sustainable, regenerative agriculture practices can help mitigate global warming.  

Speakers at the two day conference were both local and international and came with plenty of expertise & positive solutions.  Among the many presenters were John Roulac of Nutiva foods, speaking about the exciting developments of Green Wave 3D Ocean farming;  Anandi Ghandi, talked about India's water crisis, especially in the Western Ghats, a biodiversity hot spot, where both wildlife and farmers are under extreme duress; Kiss the Ground, a group of young activists from California shared their strategies for making carbon sequestration and carbon farming understandable to mainstream America.

In the area of social justice, Dr. Ann Lopez of the Center for Farm Worker Families spoke passionately about her long term research on the impact of NAFTA on Mexico's farmers creating a flood of economic immigrants to the U.S. while losing the caretakers of the seeds and soils in Mexico.  SNAP (food stamps) were suggested as a creative way to support farmers who use best sustainable practices for the soil by encouraging use of SNAP benefits at local farmers markets.

Local politicians enthusiastically participated in the conference, including California Congressman Jared Huffman, Richmond's Mayor and council members, with many citizen activist groups from the region in abundance.  Andrew Kimbrell, founder & Executive Director of the Center for Food Safety, and author/editor of Fatal Harvest, was the excellent keynote speaker who updated the audience on current legislature in Washington around food safety issues.

Come with your thoughts about positive directions for soil and the planet.  Event discussion will be facilitated by Wes Roe & Margie Bushman of the Santa Barbara Permaculture Network. Local organizations will table.

The event takes place on Thursday September 1, 2016, 7- 9pm, at the Art from Scrap Art Center, 302 East Cota St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101.  No reservations required. For more info contact 805-962-2571   Margie@sbpermaculture.org ,  https://www.facebook.com/events/1779098955670853/

Event Sponsors:
Santa Barbara Permaculture Network, Explore Ecology, Art from Scrap, Community Environmental Council (CEC),
Sustainable World Radio, Becket Films, & Santa Barbara Food Alliance

This event a part of the ongoing Civics 101 for Climate Change series

Additional Resources:

Soil Not Oil Coalition: http://soilnotoilcoalition.org/soil-not-oil-coalition/

Soil Not Oil Pledge: http://soilnotoilcoalition.org/soil-not-oil-pledge/

Soil Solution to Climate Change; What If A Solution To Climate Change Was Beneath Your Feet?  :
Film by Jill Cloutier and Carol Hirashima of Sustainable World (extended excerpt on Marin Carbon Project not on youtube will be shown)

Film Clips from The Seeds of Vandana Shiva Documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcaFM6rjp7Q and Film website http://vandanashivamovie.com/

A strategy-based community “blueprint” for an accessible, thriving, sustainable, and healthy food system. It addresses every aspect of the food system in a way that supports healthy people, a healthy economy, and a healthy environment.

The California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN):
A coalition of sustainable agriculture and farmer leaders that advances agricultural solutions to climate change. Agriculture can play a unique role in responding to the climate crisis by producing renewable energy, sequestering carbon and reducing greenhouse gas emissions while securing our food system for generations to come.

Agriculture and Climate Change Article by Bill Ostrander  San Luis Obispo rancher, recently ran for U.S. Congress, with carbon farming a part of his platform:
Agriculture creates more than 20 percent of our carbon footprint and approximately 35 percent of the planet's greenhouse gas emissions.  http://www.ostranderforcongress.com/climate-change

Kiss the Ground:
Kiss Ground is a nonprofit dedicated to inspiring global participation in the restoration of our precious soils.  https://www.kisstheground.com/
The Soil Story (Kiss the Ground Film) with downloads of  Media Material for Teachers/Story Tellers/Media makers  English/Spanish/French http://thesoilstory.com/
The Soil Story 4 minute Film  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvAoZ14cP7Q
Science meets inspiration in this tale of nature’s best hidden innovation: soil.
The Soil Story, created by Kiss the Ground, is a five-minute film that shares the importance of healthy soil for a healthy planet.
Learn how we can “sequester” (store) carbon from our atmosphere, where it is harmful, and pull it back into the earth, where it belongs, through regenerative agriculture, composting, and other land management practices.

“4 per 1,000” Initiative:
The “4 per 1,000” Initiative wants to demonstrate that agriculture can provide practical solutions to the challenge of climate disruption, while also meeting that posed by food security through the use of farming methods that match local conditions: e.g. agroecology, agroforestry, conservation agriculture, landscape management. http://4p1000.org/understand

Restoring Global Soil Quality Is One Of The Best Things We Can Do For Climate Change:
Little known climate change fact: Just the first meter of soil contains as much carbon as the entire atmosphere. And there's potential to soak up much more. http://www.fastcoexist.com/3052240/restoring-global-soil-quality-is-one-of-the-best-things-we-can-do-for-climate-change


The Carbon Farming Solution:
A Global Toolkit of Perennial Crops and Regenerative Agriculture Practices for Climate Change Mitigation and Food Security
By Eric Toensmeier Foreword by Dr. Hans Herren  http://www.chelseagreen.com/the-carbon-farming-solution

Soil Not Oil Environmental Justice in an Age of Climate Crisis, by Vandana Shiva

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