Why on Earth?

When:
21/10/2015 @ 7:30 pm
2015-10-21T19:30:00+01:00
2015-10-21T20:00:00+01:00
Where:
Foxlowe Arts Centre
Cost:
Free
Contact:
01538386112

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Why on Earth should we care about soil? 

Alison McCrea,

Foxlowe gardener, free-range ecologist and one-time soil scientist.

Alison developed her love of soils as an infant making mud pies in her parents’ garden and then went on to make them in the laboratory.  After specialising in soils in her undergraduate and postgraduate studies she participated in research projects in both habitat creation and sustainable agriculture.

Her talk will focus on the magical aspect of soils:

  • how a substance that seems so mundane carries biodiversity greater than any rainforest but mostly at the microscopic level and thus largely overlooked,
  • how soils provide the special link between rocks, atmosphere and rivers that makes life possible,
  • how they may also mitigate many of our current problems, such as climate change and antibiotic resistance, if only we will stop destroying them.

Scientists’ concerns about accelerating soil loss have caused 2015 to be designated ‘International Year of Soils’ by the United Nations.

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