Regenerative Soils Bill Proposed in Vermont Legislature
Measure Aims to Clean Lakes, Support Family Farms, Sequester Carbon
January 28, 2017 — THETFORD, Vermont — Soil4Climate today announced that Vermont Senate Bill S.43, “an act relating to establishing a regenerative soils program” — originated by Soil4Climate Advisory Board member and Shaftsbury, Vermont farmer Jesse McDougall — has been submitted to the Vermont Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy. The proposed bill aims to encourage farming practices that improve soil health and to incentivize ecosystem restoration. It will also provide a host of additional economic and environmental benefits, including “increasing the carbon sequestration capability of Vermont soils [and] reducing the amount of sediment and waste entering the waters of the State.” The legislation was sponsored by Senator Brian Campion and co-sponsored by Senators Bray, Clarkson, Pearson, Pollina, and Sears. Read More
Distinguished Scientist, Prominent Author Join Agriculture and Climate Luminaries
October 21, 2016 — THETFORD, VT — Soil4Climate today announced the addition of two new members to its Advisory Board, Esther Ngumbi, Ph.D., a postdoctoral researcher in Entomology and Plant Pathology at the College of Agriculture at Auburn University, and Kristin Ohlson, author of “The Soil Will Save Us: How Scientists, Farmers, and Foodies Are Healing the Soil to Save the Planet.” Ngumbi and Ohlson lend further prestige to Soil4Climate’s Advisory Board, comprised of global leaders in climate change, soil science, and environmental activism.
Stirring Images and Lyrics Grow Movement
“Where there was once nothing to see
Now there is life all around me.”
THETFORD, VT – September 29, 2016 – Soil4Climate today announced the release of a music video of its upbeat anthem, “Brand New Sky.” Striking scenes of land — dying and healthy — interspersed with photos of farmers and ranchers healing land and sequestering carbon, add depth and clarity to the song.
Healing Land to Restore Soil, Preserve Culture, Reverse Warming
THETFORD, Vermont — August 6, 2016 — Soil4Climate is pleased to announce a partnership with Ildalalekutuk Maasai Action for Development (IMAD), a Kenyan grassroots organization. Through this partnership, the two groups agree to collaborate on research and outreach to empower the Maasai people in Kajiado Central district of Kenya to manage their land to improve soil health and capture atmospheric carbon.
IMAD is also establishing a chapter of Soil4Climate, Soil4Climate-Kenya, to connect members of the local community who wish to learn together about soil as a climate solution and to participate in this ambitious ecological restoration effort.
Chorale Performance of Soil4Climate Anthem “Brand New Sky”
THETFORD, Vermont — August 1, 2016 — Highlighting the talents of the multigenerational Family Folk Chorale and the songwriting skills of Cambridge-based musician, Kevin O’Connor, Soil4Climate today released the video and choral arrangements for its anthem “Brand New Sky,” and is encouraging other musicians and choral directors to add the song to their repertoires.
On June 18, 2016, “Brand New Sky,” extolling soil as a climate solution, was first performed in a choral arrangement in front of a live audience at Piccadilly Farms in Winchester, New Hampshire.
“Our song ‘Brand New Sky’ brings the hopeful message about soil to the climate movement,” said Seth Itzkan, co-founder of Soil4Climate and contributor to the song. He continued, “One of the lines from the song, ‘Where there was once nothing to see, now there is life all around me,’ refers to my observation of ecological restoration in Africa. When we heal the land, we heal the climate.”
Chris Eastburn, who, as artistic director for the Family Folk Chorale, created the choral arrangement for “Brand New Sky,” commented, “It’s a song that’s poignant and meaningful right now especially in terms of building consciousness around climate change and looking for climate solutions… The song speaks of something very important. It’s nice to bring a whole host of voices to that from across the generations.”
Gwendolyn Atwood, a singer as well as a parent of a child singer in the Family Folk Chorale, observed, “I really loved the experience of … looking over at the kids and seeing them knowing that they’re part of something, and that their optimism and hopefulness is well placed… If we get ourselves in synchrony and harmony with each other and with all the microbiology in the soil, we can actually fly right through [global warming].”
Alison Houghton, another singer with the Family Folk Chorale, noted, “This song has a huge capacity for hope and … the lyrics are catchy. We can use more songs that bring hope into various places, and this song definitely does that.”
Cambridge-based musician Kevin O’Connor, principal song composer remarked, “It was a rewarding experience to express in music an important issue. I hope this song inspires people to take up the challenge.”
A video of the June 18th Family Folk Chorale performance
A video of children from the Creative Minds after school program in White River Junction, Vermont, singing the song at an Earth Day rally
A studio recording sung by Boston-area musician Leigh Meunier
An instrumental-only version
Sheet Music for Choral
Lyrics and chords-only are available
Information on the Family Folk Chorale
Information on singer, songwriter Kevin O’Connor
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“Soil and Survival” Boston Forum Videos Released
Soil’s Role as Climate Solution Highlighted
THETFORD, Vermont — May 19, 2016 — Soil4Climate today announced videos of its recent first-of-a-kind forum uniting leaders in the movement to cut fossil fuel emissions with climate activists promoting the role of soil to help reverse global warming, “Soil and Survival: Soil Restoration to Help Reverse Climate Change,” are now available at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLiUvc4BbU6pzycJWYa65-rvJscobQuAhh
Children with the Creative Lives afterschool program in White River Junction, Vermont, sang the Soil4Climate anthem “Brand New Sky” to commence Earth Day activities. It was wonderful.
THETFORD, Vermont — April 22, 2016 — Soil4Climate today announced that an Earth Day climate policy brief prepared jointly with the Tufts University Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), has been released.