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Soil and Spirit

Ditch those rototillers. There’s an agricultural revolution afoot, says guest Betsy Taylor, to restore healthy soil able to sequester more carbon, improve crop yields, and support biodiversity and pollinators. It’s a “no regrets strategy.” Urban dwellers can help too, by composting food scraps. Plus: a wide-ranging conversation with Betsy on the Green New Deal; the potential for faith, spirit, and nature to support us through these troubled times; and fostering strong community ties to build resilience.

Is there a way to tap our very deepest wisdom, our very deepest courage, at this planetary moment, to embrace what we’re being called to do?  – Betsy Taylor

Julie Hantman
With production assistance from Danya AbdelHameid

Betsy Taylor, Breakthrough Strategies & Solutions
Brenda Platt, Institute for Local Self-Reliance (prerecorded interview)

Healthy Soils to Cool the Planet (by Breakthrough Strategies & Solutions)
Project Drawdown
Sunrise Movement / Green New Deal
New Consensus
Climate Change & Consciousness conference (videos and follow-up)
Natural Climate Solutions Could Cancel Out a Fifth of U.S. Emissions, Study Finds
Community Composting resources (ILSR)
How to Compost (Eartheasy)

“Soil and Spirit” broadcast on April 10, 2019 over Takoma Radio WOWD-LP 94.3FM with live-streaming at This is the 5th episode of the Climate Seasons radio series, produced and hosted by Julie Hantman.