Dirt Rich is a 2018 documentary film that explores the potential of soil to combat climate change. The film highlights various strategies for carbon sequestration, also known as carbon drawdown, which involve capturing and storing carbon from the atmosphere in soil. These strategies include regenerative agriculture, reforestation, and biochar production.
Dirt Rich shifts focus from greenhouse gas emissions to carbon drawdown which is the only viable solution for reversing the effects of runaway global warming in a timely manner. Through exploration of geo-therapy strategies, Dirt Rich shines a light on their value and beauty which undeniably are our last hope for protecting life as we know it on this challenged planet.
Key points from the film:
• Soil is a vital component of the Earth’s climate system. It stores vast amounts of carbon, and it plays a critical role in regulating the release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
• The loss of soil organic matter due to industrial agriculture and deforestation is a major contributor to climate change.
• There are a number of strategies that we can use to sequester carbon in soil and reverse the effects of climate change.
• These strategies include regenerative agriculture, reforestation, and biochar production.
Dirt Rich explores strategies that re-stabilize atmospheric carbon levels and revitalize the soil in an effort to reverse the effects of runaway global warming.
The primary strategy includes regenerative agriculture which is a system of farming that focuses on improving soil health and building soil organic matter. This can be done through a variety of practices, such as cover cropping, no-till farming, and the use of compost.
Through the restoration of carbon-rich wetlands and keystone species, Dirt Rich illustrates how implementing these strategies will return our atmosphere to safe levels of carbon while growing soil, our most precious resource.
It is well-known that planting of trees in areas that have been deforested absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store it in their trunks and leaves.
In addition, biochar is a charcoal-like substance that is made from organic materials, such as wood chips and manure. When biochar is added to soil, it can help to improve soil structure, water retention, and nutrient availability. It can also sequester carbon in the soil for hundreds of years.
Dirt Rich is an inspiring and informative film that offers a message of hope for the future of our planet. The film shows that we can use the power of soil to address the climate crisis and create a more sustainable future for all.