60 years. That’s about how long we have until the world’s remain topsoil is gone. “What we’re looking at is man-made desertification,” said Josh Tickell in his recent keynote speech at Driving Value Through Sustainability Across the Supply Chain. There’s hope, though. Kiss the Ground, the documentary directed and produced by Josh and Rebecca Tickell, with Julian Lennon and Ian Somerhalder as Executive Producers, explores how this crisis can be reversed, explaining that when we regenerate the world’s soils we can stabilize the Earth’s climate, restore local ecosystems, and create abundant food supplies.
“This film represents the culmination of tens of thousands of hours of research by scientists around the world who have finally cracked the code on managing climate change—before it’s too late,” says Josh Tickell, author of the book Kiss the Ground, How the Food You Eat Can Reverse Climate Change, Heal Your Body and Ultimately Save Our World. And as the experts share in the film, positive change can happen rapidly.
“We get the soil right, we can fix a lot of our issues,” says Ray Archuleta, Conservation Agronmist, NRCS, at the start of the film. “Healthy soils lead to a healthy plant. Healthy plant, healthy animal, healthy human, healthy water, healthy climate.”
Narrator Woody Harrelson takes the viewer on a journey, looking at the history that lead to this soil crisis, the role of carbon in our world and the science and solutions that can make the difference. The film does a wonderful job of breaking the topic down, with graphics to illustrate the point for viewers and drive home the urgency for every single one of us.
Mark Hyman, M.D., Director of the Cleveland Center for Functional Medicine, spotlights the importance to health: “The key to health is eating dirt. What I mean by that is we need to eat what’s in the dirt that’s transferred to the plants, that then we eat and create health.”
In addition to researchers, medical experts and agriculture experts, advocates including Ian Somerhalder (who shot initial footage for the film was shot 9 years ago in Africa), Gisele Bündchen, Jason Mraz, Patricia Arquette, and David Arquette join in to discuss the issues and raise awareness, and they enhance the appeal for a wider audience.
View the trailer for a sneak peak, and don’t miss the full documentary on Netflix. There will be a star-studded watch party on September 22 at 6pm PST. “Never before has there been a more important message,” says Rebecca Tickell, “and the good news is it’s hopeful, it’s actionable and the film shows us steps we can take right now.”
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