Soil4Climate Announces Inaugural Advisory Board

Top row: Allan Savory, William Moomaw, Hunter Lovins, Gregory Watson
Middle row: Timothy LaSalle, Danielle Nierenberg, Woody Tasch, Tom Goreau
Bottom row: Amy Edmondson, Sally Dodge, Dalmas Tiampati, Vanessa Rule
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Soil4Climate Announces Inaugural Advisory Board

Leading Experts in Academia, Science, Media, and Activism Join All-Star Team

THETFORD, Vermont – April 8, 2016 – Soil4Climate today announced the formation of its inaugural Advisory Board. The Advisory Board, comprised of leaders in diverse areas related to Soil4Climate’s mission, include experts in the fields of climate, soil science, agriculture, fundraising, communications, land management, and movement building. Members of the Advisory Board provide guidance, offer networking opportunities, and help achieve Soil4Climate’s core mission: promoting awareness of the potential of soil restoration to sequester atmospheric carbon.

Advisory Board members include a number of eminent scientists such as Dr. William Moomaw, atmospheric chemist and climate expert, affiliated with Tufts University and EarthWatch; Allan Savory, Zimbabwean ecologist and originator of Holistic Planned Grazing; and Gregory Watson, former Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources and current Director for Policy and Systems Design at the Schumacher Center for a New Economics.

Other prominent individuals serving on Soil4Climate’s Advisory Board are: Dr. Timothy LaSalle, former CEO of Rodale Institute and Professor Emeritus, California Polytechnic State University; Woody Tasch, Founder of Slow Money; Andre Leu, President of the International Federation of Organic Movements; and Hunter Lovins, author, with Amory Lovins and Paul Hawken, of “Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution.”

A full list of the distinguished members serving on Soil4Climate’s Advisory Board appears below and at

In a video statement released on Facebook, Dr. William Moomaw stated: “Among the organizations that have been at the forefront of identifying opportunities and spreading the word [about soil as a climate solution] is Soil4Climate…. I urge [viewers] to join the movement to make soils a more central part of the climate action agenda.”

Gregory Watson issued a statement reading: “I am thrilled to serve on the Soil4Climate Advisory Board. Soil4Climate is advancing the important message that soil plays a critical role in mitigating climate change.”

Dr. Timothy LaSalle declared: “I am happy to serve on the Soil4Climate Advisory Board. Their mission of bringing the message of soil as a climate solution to the environmental groups is critical ….”

Vanessa Rule, an expert in movement building and cofounder of the climate awareness groups Mothers Out Front and 350 Massachusetts for a Better Future, commented: “It’s time for human beings to rejoin their rightful place in the greater ecosystem. Time to stop burning fossil fuels and to work with nature to put greenhouse gases back in the ground. Soil4Climate will help us catalyze the soil revolution.”

Finally, André Leu stated: “By changing agriculture to one that regenerates soil organic carbon we not only reverse climate change we can improve farm yields, increase water holding capacity and drought resilience, reduce the use of toxic agrochemicals, improve farm profitability and produce higher quality food. Soil4Climate is a fantastic way to effectively communicate this message.”

Full membership of Soil4Climate’s Advisory Board as of April 8th, 2016

Allan Savory – President, Savory Institute; Founder of Holistic Management and Planned Grazing; TED Speaker; Author, “Holistic Management: A New Framework for Decision Making”

William Moomaw, PhD – Professor Emeritus, Tufts University; Founder and Director, The Center for International Environment and Resource Policy, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University; Chief Scientist, EarthWatch

Hunter Lovins – President, Natural Capitalism Solutions; Cofounder, Rocky Mountain Institute; Author, with Amory Lovins and Paul Hawken, “Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution”

Gregory Watson – Director for Policy and Systems Design and the Cuba-U.S. Agroecology Network at Schumacher Center for a New Economics; Former Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources

Timothy LaSalle, PhD – Former CEO, Rodale Institute; Professor Emeritus, California Polytechnic State University

Thomas J. Goreau PhD – Biogeochemist and marine biologist; President, Global Coral Reef Alliance; Editor, “Geotherapy: Innovative Methods of Soil Fertility Restoration, Carbon Sequestration, and Reversing CO2 Increase”

David Johnson, PhD – New Mexico State University, Institute for Energy and the Environment

Woody Tasch – Social impact investment specialist; Founder, Slow Money

Kristine Nichols, PhD – Chief Scientist, Rodale Institute

Danielle Nierenberg – Agricultural policy specialist; Cofounder and President, Food Tank; Director, Nourishing the Planet, Worldwatch Institute

Richard Teague, PhD – Associate Director and Professor, Texas A&M AgriLife Research

David McConville, PhD – Chairman of the Board, Buckminster Fuller Institute

Amy Edmondson, PhD – Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management, Harvard Business School, Former Chief Engineer for Buckminster Fuller

Andre Leu – President, International Federation of Organic Movements (IFOAM)

Skip Kauffman – Former Assistant Director, Rodale Institute

Quinton Zondervan – President, Climate Action Business Association; Software architect and entrepreneur

Didi Pershouse – Author, “The Ecology of Care: Medicine, Agriculture, Money, and the Quiet Power of Human and Microbial Communities”; Soil Carbon Coalition

Vanessa Rule – Cofounder and Codirector, Mothers Out Front; Cofounder, Better Future Project and 350 Massachusetts for a Better Future

Craig Altemose – Cofounder and Executive Director, Better Future Project; Senior Advisory, 350 Massachusetts for a Better Future

Jesse McDougall – Regenerative Farmer at Studio Hill LLC; Lead Author of Vermont’s Regenerative Agriculture Bill

Kristina Wolf – PhD Candidate, Restoration Ecology Lab, Department of Plant Sciences, University of California, Davis

Sally Dodge – Board of Managers, Iroquois Valley Farms LLC; Vermont Lamb Company

Dalmas Tiampati – Founder and Executive Director, Ildalalekutuk Maasai Action for Development, Kenya

Steven Schwartz – Media specialist; Partner, Luther & Schwartz LLC. Media design & production. Formerly President, Local Flavor TV

Joanna Brown – Urban Agriculture Crew Supervisor, Trustees of Reservations Youth Corps; Graduate Student, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University

Benoit Lambert, PhD – Biochar developer and geotherapist; Owner, Biochar Génération; formally, Editor and Director of Publications, Worldwatch Institute, Geneva, Switzerland

Soil4Climate, a Vermont-based educational nonprofit organization, advocates for soil restoration as a climate solution. Incorporated in 2016, its founding officers and codirectors are Seth Itzkan, Karl Thidemann, and Eric Becker.

Press contact:
Karl Thidemann


5 Comments on “Soil4Climate Announces Inaugural Advisory Board

  1. Dear friend ,i hope to work together on soil4climate cant you extend the project in my country Ghana ? if yes give me your guide to join you


  2. I am proud to serve in the Advisory Board of Soil4Climate. Thank you for including the voice of indigenous people in the world. Dalmas Tiampati. Founder /Executive Director Ildalalekutuk Maasai Action for Development, Kenya


  3. Dear Sirs and Madams

    It is a real pleasure to discover your movement highlighting a new possible agriculture able to save the climate. I just hope you will enter in partnership with 4 per 1000 initiative which is well known by your member Andre Leu – President, International Federation of Organic Movements (IFOAM).


    • Hi. Thank you for your comment. Yes, we strongly support “4 per 1000” and have already signed the agreement.


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