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  1. Healthy Soils to Cool the Planet: A Philanthropic Action Guide

    With the interest in regenerative agriculture and healthy soils exploding,  the timing is perfect for the release of the Healthy Soils to Cool the Planet: A Philanthropic Action Guide. Published by Breakthrough Strategies & Solutions, this philanthropic guide to investing in soil carbon sequestration is an excellent resource for funders and investors, both those new to the field and those already engaged.

    “The guide outlines pathways for quickly moving capital into the space in a strategic way by identifying levers for change and groups already working on the ground,” says Sallie Calhoun. “We know much about what needs to happen, and the guide will help us scale and move capital quickly.”

    A team of expert consultants conducted over 100 interviews with farmers, government officials, academics, and soil carbon experts, exploring how to scale regenerative agriculture as fast as possible. The resulting guide identifies seven levers for change and five game-changing pathways for making an impact, as well as basic information on the benefits of healthy soils, a list of regenerative agricultural practices and an extensive portfolio of recommended grantees.

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  2. The Insect Apocalypse Is Here

    Article published by the New York Times.

    When asked recently what the “canary in the coal mine” is for ecosystem health, our colleague Jonathan Lundgren of Ecdisys Foundation said insects. Even though he is an entomologist, which may have affected his response, we agree with him. Given their position in the food chain, insects are clearly of great importance in terrestrial ecosystems. This article explains what may be happening to insect populations around the globe. It is also an excellent illustration of the benefits of citizen science, and the fact that academic scientists are not studying many of the extremely relevant issues facing us today for a variety of reasons.

    Read the article here >

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  3. Celebrating World Soil Day!

    We believe that soil is life. When in a good state, it builds health and fertility for people and planet. Soil has the ability to re-balance the carbon cycle beyond reducing emissions, in a way that benefits the oceans and agriculture; it can ensure that the water cycle is thriving, and prevent the dangerous extremes of flooding and drought; it can build the nutrient content of food and take a truly holistic approach to food security. We’ve fallen in love with soil and its capacity to solve the majority of our ecological destruction problems if treated well.

    And to say it in Sallie’s words: “Even if climate change wasn’t a thing, building soil health would be the most important work of the 21st century”

    Want to learn more about soil? Dive in with our Soil Health Primer.



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  4. Why We Love the Gypsy Goat Herder

    We Love the Gypsy Goat Herder

    Holistic land management happens in many ways.  We especially like the Gypsy Goat Herder who does it her way.  Imagine, one woman, hundreds of goats, 365 days of the year equals innovation in the realm of environmental care. Lani Malmberg is an inspiration for eco-action, with her work focused on non-toxic land care in the form of herding goats to pastures that would otherwise use health and environmentally harmful pesticides. Drawing from her multiple degrees in weed science, biology, botany and environmental restoration, she came to this innovative alternative to pesticides in weed management, utilizing the natural behavior of goats. Goats clear the vegetation and recycle these weeds through their gut to offer nutrition for the soil. In this video, Lani candidly shares her work on Maui, and expresses the energy of earth compassion and innovation to inspire us all. Her main motivation? To be a model and set an example for others to follow.  YES!

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