“We stand, in most places on earth, only six inches from desolation, for that is the thickness of the top soil level upon which the entire life of the planet depends."
When R. Neil Sampson wrote these words in 1981, climate change was barely on the radar screen. Today, we understand that soil health is key to protecting our climate.
2,300 gigatons of carbon are stored in the top three meters of the Earth's soil. That's more than the total amount in the atmosphere plus all of the vegetation on Earth.
When we disrupt the soil through farming or development, carbon is released into the atmosphere.
It's a big problem, but ...