A Special Evening Gathering
Please join Santa Barbara Permaculture Network for an evening of outdoor film and discussion as we share what was learned at the recent 2nd Annual Soil Not Oil Conference in Richmond, CA, while enjoying short films that focus on soil and “Carbon Farming” as solutions to climate change. The event will take place on Thursday, Sept 1, 7-9pm, at the Art from Scrap Art Center in downtown Santa Barbara.
The Soil Not Oil international campaign was first launched by scientist and environmental activist Dr.Vandana Shiva of the Navadany Foundation, who suggests restoring global soil quality is one of the best things we can do for climate change, and was one of the first to connect the dots between climate change and the disastrous soil practices of industrial agriculture.
The 2nd Annual Soil Not Oil conference in Richmond was organized to bring together farmers, ranchers, scientists, policy makers, NGOs and community leaders to explore how sustainable, regenerative agriculture practices can help mitigate global warming. Speakers at the two day conference were both local and international and came with plenty of expertise & positive solutions. Among the many presenters were John Roulac of Nutiva foods, speaking about the exciting developments of Green Wave 3D Ocean farming; Anandi Ghandi, talked about India’s water crisis, especially in the Western Ghats, a biodiversity hot spot, where both wildlife and farmers are under extreme duress; Kiss the Ground, a group of young activists from California shared their strategies for making carbon sequestration and carbon farming understandable to mainstream America. In the area of social justice, Dr. Ann Lopez of the Center for Farm Worker Families spoke passionately about her long term research on the impact of NAFTA on Mexico’s farmers creating a flood of economic immigrants to the U.S. while losing the caretakers of the seeds and soils in Mexico. SNAP (food stamps) were suggested as a creative way to support farmers who use best sustainable practices for the soil by encouraging use of SNAP benefits at local farmers markets.
Local politicians enthusiastically participated in the conference, including California Congressman Jared Huffman, Richmond’s Mayor and council members, with many citizen activist groups from the region in abundance. Andrew Kimbrell, founder & Executive Director of the Center for Food Safety, and author/editor of Fatal Harvest, was the excellent keynote speaker who updated the audience on current legislature in Washington around food safety issues. Come with your thoughts about positive directions for soil and the planet. Event discussion will be facilitated by Wes Roe & Margie Bushman of the Santa Barbara Permaculture Network. Local organizations will table.
The event takes place on Thursday September 1, 2016, 7- 9pm, at the Art from Scrap Art Center, 302 East Cota St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. No reservations required. For more info contact 805-962-2571 Margie@sbpermaculture.org , https://www.facebook.com/events/1779098955670853/
Event Sponsors: Santa Barbara Permaculture Network, Explore Ecology, Art from Scrap, Community Environmental Council (CEC), Sustainable World Radio, Becket Films, & Santa Barbara Food Alliance.
This event a part of the ongoing Civics 101 for Climate Change series