Toward Zero Waste NC presents a free virtual screening and panel discussion of KISS THE GROUND, a game-changing film that unveils a solution to our climate crisis: the Earth’s own soil! Through the practice of “Regenerative Agriculture,” this film presents the research, method, and hope we need to move forward together. It was directed by our 2020 BEYOND: The Cary Film Festival award-winners Rebecca and Josh Tickell.
Kiss the Ground presents soil as a way to revive farmer prosperity, reduce flooding and drought, replenish fresh water sources, reduce fire hazards, reverse global warming, recreate regional access to nutrient-dense food, reduce toxic pesticides and fertilizers, reduce dead zones and water pollution, reverse extinction, and reconnect humanity and nature. The film is narrated by Woody Harrelson, with guest appearances by Ian Somerhalder, among many others.
Following the film, local experts will join us for a panel discussion and to answer audience questions. They include Steve and Elke McCalla of Rocky Ridge Farm, a 30 acre organic fruit, nut and vegetable farm in Louisburg; Dr. Arnab Bhowmik, faculty of soil science and soil microbiology in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Design at North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro; Kat Nigro, VP of Experience at CompostNow, a local collection service which empowers community members and businesses to compost; and Eric Mathis, cofounder of Miracle Grounds Farm & Network in Winston-Salem and director at the Institute for Regenerative Design and Innovation.
Some topics that we hope to cover in the discussion include: soil carbon drawdown as a climate change solution, environmental justice and the relationship between soil health, human health, and planetary health, the history of indigenous wisdom regarding care of the land, the challenge that black and indigenous farmers have faced and are facing, the challenge of transitioning to a regenerative model, ways viewers can support regenerative agriculture in our communities and ways we can implement these principles in our own lives and spaces.