Conservation Training

Landscapes that Work for All of Life: Growing Community and Climate Resilience by Regenerating the Soil Sponge

September 20, 2021

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: Online

This virtual workshop, led by Didi Pershouse, will deepen each participant’s understanding of whole-systems landscape function and effective land management, with a focus on water and the soil sponge. Biology creates a natural sponge in healthy soils and grasslands that slows and sinks water on a total landscape scale–providing resilience in times of flooding and drought. Many of our current economic, social, and climate concerns are due to a degradation of our country’s soils, in particular it’s sponge-like structure or “tilth.”

In this introductory class we will consider these questions:

  • What is the soil sponge, and how is it different from soil carbon?
  • Can a healthy soil sponge really address our climate, environmental and social concerns?
  • Resilience to flooding, drought, and wildfires
  • Regulation of regional temperatures
  • Food and water security
  • Biodiversity
  • Health and increased immunity for all life on land
  • Local economies
  • Conflicts over resources
  • How do we work with nature’s essential workforce to create conditions for the soil sponge to regenerate?
  • What is the role of thoughtful livestock management in regenerating the soil sponge?