“One teaspoon of dirt contains a billion organisms working in remarkable balance to maintain and sustain a series of complex, thriving communities that impact our daily lives. ”
Dirt: an unappreciated, often maligned, element of our world, and one on which we are utterly dependent. We’re so caught up in keeping things ‘clean’ in our houses and yards that we often overlook the importance of dirt in keeping us alive. Indeed, our very existence depends on healthy soil dirt.
The new film Dirt! The Movie is a fascinating look at the earth beneath our feet, inspired by William Bryant Logan’s book Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth. I watched it with my wife and oldest daughter (age 12), and aside from the great visuals and quotes from experts, the film’s most compelling argument – the importance of caring for the soil in our yards, our farms, and our forests – is a no-brainer after viewing this film.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a gardener, a farmer, or a property owner – if you’re alive on planet Earth, you’ve got a stake in the health of our topsoil.
“Dirt feeds us and gives us shelter. Dirt holds and cleans our water. Dirt heals us and makes us beautiful. Dirt regulates the earth’s climate. Dirt is the ultimate natural resource for all life on earth.
Yet most humans ignore, abuse, and destroy our most precious living natural resource.Consider the results of such behavior: mass starvation, drought, floods, and global warming, and wars. If we continue on our current path, Dirt might find another use for humans, as compost for future life forms.
It doesn’t have to be that way. Another world, in which we treat dirt with the respect it deserves, is possible and we’ll show you how.”
I highly recommend watching Dirt! The Movie – and if you’re a teacher, please show this film to your classes. The future of our health, our economy, and our local ecosystems depends on healthy soil.