As Chief Inspiration Officer of Café Gratitude and Gracias Madre restaurant in California, I'm surrounded by the benefits of nutritious food and a healthy, positive lifestyle.
Even though I've worked in the organic food and lifestyle business for ten years, there was a time in my life when I lost touch with soil as the substance from which all nature grows.
Little did I know that we are sitting on a solution to the world’s most pressing problem — climate change. In fact, the solution to excess carbon in the atmosphere lies right under our feet.
What is carbon sequestering?
Healthy topsoil has the miraculous ability to sequester carbon. Plants pull CO2 from the atmosphere and store it the ground, offering a way to help mitigate climate change by restoring the balance of excess carbon in the atmosphere.
When I learned this, I was struck with an overwhelming feeling of hope in my heart and I knew that it was a story that had to be shared with the world.
The late-August vote is monumental.
This month, California, the biggest agriculture economy in the U.S., is voting on allocations of up to $160 million in greenhouse gas reduction funding for regenerative agriculture, composting, and other land management practices that help sequester carbon.
It will be the first time a U.S. government has considered allocating funding for soil as a means to sequester carbon (and the second government to do so globally, after France).
How can I help?
Kiss The Ground, as well as countless advocates in government, policy change, environment, health, agriculture and popular culture, are standing behind this incredible opportunity to be the pioneers in regenerative agriculture and set the bar on the world stage to establishing a solid solution to climate change.
To contribute to the momentum and raise awareness across all demographics, Kiss The Ground has created an animated video, The Soil Story, to share this message.
Coupled with a petition, our goal is to collect 100,000 signatures between today and August 15, 2015.
We finally have a tangible solution to save California's farms and help fight the drought by supporting funding for healthy soil. And it's not just carbon storage — better soil can lead to cleaner water, healthier food, drought resistance and restored habitats.
Building healthy soils is one of the most hopeful, solution-driven approaches science has discovered to reverse the damage that has been done to our planet.
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