We're celebrating soil!

This year has been designated the International Year of Soils by the United Nations. And Sustain Jefferson is celebrating the profound importance of soil for human life.

We're planning an event for November 7th to focus on soil. We neglect it at our peril! Stayed tuned here or sign up for our e-mail list to get more information about this event. But in the meantime, let's all become more grounded in the science of soils:

* Soils help to combat and adapt to climate change by playing a key role in the carbon cycle.

* Healthy soils are the basis for healthy food production.

* Soils support our planet's biodiversity.

* Soil is a non-renewable resource; its preservation is essential for food security and our sustainable future.

* Soils store and filter water improving our resilience to floods and drought.

Upcoming Sustain Jefferson Events

October 2015  The 2015-2016 Book Club is beginning on Monday, October 26th with a night of discussion and snacks at the Lake Mills Library.  Please join us as we examine the interweaving of politics, science, and religion.  The selected reading is Encyclical on Climate Change and Inequality: On Care for Our Common Home by Pope Francis.  The Book Club meeting will begin at 6:30pm in a reserved meeting room within the Lake Mills Library, please feel free to join us!

This breathtaking amalgam of urgency and poetry mines the spirit and appeals to the moral core. Billed as the pope's pontifications on the environment, it is in fact a sweeping letter addressing a spectrum of global sins, not the least of which is summed up in Francis' declaration that "(t)he earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth." That a secular publisher, Melville House, chose to print in its entirety the papal document — termed by The Guardian "the most astonishing and perhaps the most ambitious papal document of the past 100 years" — bespeaks its relevance beyond the walls of the Roman Catholic Church. Where it stirs the soul, though, is in its majestically crafted sentences that wholly illuminate the understanding that nature is "a magnificent book in which God speaks to us and grants us a glimpse of his infinite beauty and goodness." Coupled with the pope's insistence that pillaging the planet exacts too costly a toll on the world's poor, this work drills home the plea that we "hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor." (Chicago Tribune)

November 2015

International Year of the Soil Event will take place November 7th.   Guest speakers will cover different aspects of soil and a lunch will be served in between the speakers, thereby, giving a nice opportunity for discussion.

The November SJ Book Club selection is Climate Wars by Gwynne Dyer.

From one of the world’s great geopolitical analysts, a terrifying glimpse of the none-too-distant future, when climate change will force the world’s powers into a desperate struggle for advantage and even survival.  Dwindling resources. Massive population shifts. Natural disasters. Spreading epidemics. Drought. Rising sea levels. Plummeting agricultural yields. Crashing economies. Political extremism. These are some of the expected consequences of runaway climate change in the decades ahead, and any of them could tip the world towards conflict. Prescient, unflinching, and based on exhaustive research and interviews, Climate Wars promises to be one of the most important books of the coming years. (Goodreads)

January 2016

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