The Soil Speaks

The most vulnerable part of the planet earth is the Soil.  It is like a sponge, it absorbs anything and everything.  Do you think the Soil has no limits to what humans do to it?  Please listen to this conversation – the Soil Speaks.   Through the medium of “personification”  Edward Norton,  an American actor, director, producer, screenwriter, and activist, speaks on behalf of the Soil.  Please watch this video uploaded by ConservationDotOrg and Conservation International on youtube as part of CI’s global newest branding of the green movement initiatives which earthniversity.com  supports.  Here it is:

The Soil Says:

“I am the Soil, I’m in the hills and in the valleys, the farms, the orchards

Without me, humans could not exist, but you treat me like dirt

Do you realize that I’m just a thin skin on this planet?

And that I’m actually alive, full of organisms that grow your food

But I’m broken, aching, overused, sick, because of you

You have withered me away

To less than half of what I used to be just over 100 years ago

Are you paying attention?

I am turning …… to dust

So, maybe you can treat me with a little more respect

I suppose you still want to eat, right?”

-end-

(If you have any correction on the foregoing message of the Soil, please let us know, thank you)

The Soil is “personified” by Edward Norton, famous American actor, director, producer, scriptwriter and activist.  Here’ s his photo.

Edward Norton (source: wikipedia)

Earthniversity would like to thank the Conservation International, ConservationDotOrg for uploading this video on youtube.  Earthniversity is just happy to share this video with our followers and website visitors throughout the world.

 

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Clean Environment: Clean Land

Clean Environment: Clean Land

Land is a very important resource that can enhance the quality of life of any human being in any society in the planet Earth. The use of land must therefore be well planned. Each local government unit or state created laws that will govern the rational use of land. Others call it Land Use Act. Smaller units like towns and cities formulate their own Land Use Plan that is accompanied by a legal mechanism called the Zoning Ordinance.

Several uses of Land had been created and their location is governed by laws to make the town, city or community, look well organized. So, in the town, city, province or county, there are areas for residential use, industrial use, institutional use like schools, hospitals and others, commercial use, areas for parks and recreation as well as open spaces. There are protected areas that is home to national forest, beaches, an underground river where a 20 million years old Serenia fossil is found, heritage sites like caves where the remains of the Tabon Man was found, and so many others. Land should therefore be used properly so that the future generations will have more left for their use and enjoyment.


(Thank you to DENR. This video was uploaded on youtube by denr10org. Puerto Princesa Underground River has already been declared the 7 Wonders of Nature and a UNESCO Heritage Site.)

How can we keep this resource clean? Land should not be allowed as the receiving end of pollution or any pollutants. Using fertilizers that can affect the sustainable use of land is not just right and it is not healthy for the land. Disturbing the land structure like mining can deform landscape that will influence erosion and flooding as in the case of flash floods and catastrophic flow of water from bald mountains which could result to the death of residents in that area.

Clean land implies caring for the land, using it properly, and control the development that will happen on it. That is why we have the 4 Rs – reduce, reuse, recycle and rot or composting so that the wastes will be placed in the landfill and not just anywhere. We have River Life Protection Program because we want the waterways to be clean and not the dumping area for garbage. When the rivers and waterways are clean, we allow the living organism there to thrive. We have wastewater treatment plant, material recovery facility and so many environment related activities so that we can keep our environment and the land we live in clean and healthy. (Photo by Henry Lib, South of Guam Island)