Dirt! The Movie, A Must Watch Film

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.

Derek Markham

Things I dig include: simple living, natural fatherhood, attachment parenting, natural building, unassisted childbirth (homebirth), bicycles, permaculture, organic and biodynamic gardening, vegan peanut butter cookies with chocolate chips, bouldering, and the blues. Find me elsewhere at @NaturalPapa, @DerekMarkham, Google+, or RebelMouse.

4 thoughts on “Dirt! The Movie, A Must Watch Film

  • April 19, 2010 at 10:50 am
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    My wife and I watched this just this past weekend… definitely a must see movie. Incredibly inspiring film and made us both want to build a cob house! 😀

    Although I’d be happy with rammed earth, adobe, or earthbag too.
    .-= Michael Janzen´s last blog ..Quietude =-.

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  • April 20, 2010 at 10:04 am
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    Oooh I’ve been wanting to see this. I didn’t realize folks could host a screening!

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  • April 20, 2010 at 12:14 pm
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    Really interesting video on…dirt! Haha i love that. It’s great to see a dad blogging about children and the planet! Keep up the good work 🙂

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