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Contributed by Marian Brown on 02/06/2014
Peter Donovan, founder of the Soil Carbon Challenge, will present “Understanding our Role in the Carbon Cycle” tonight - Thursday, February 6th - at 7pm in Textor Hall Room 101. Whether you have a 300-acre farm or a 300-square-foot back yard, your land management practices affect biological soil processes. Learn more about the soil under your feet and its relationship to global carbon and water cycles. The Soil Carbon Challenge is an international as well as local competition to see how fast land managers can turn atmospheric carbon into water-holding, fertility-enhancing organic matter. This event is free and open to the public.
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Peter Donovan regularly facilitates workshops for scientists and nonscientists, farmers and non-farmers, climate activists and climate skeptics. In these workshops, Donovan tells the fascinating story of why and how carbon cycling was discovered, why the problem-solving orientation of most individuals, organizations, and institutions camouflages the opportunity to successfully manage wholes such as carbon and water cycling, and what individuals and communities can do about it.
Peter Donovan’s free public talk at Ithaca College provides an overview of topics to be covered in more detail during a workshop on Saturday, February 8th from 9:00am – 3:00PM. This workshop, titled “Carbon Cycling and Soil Organic Matter” will be held at the SONG Common House at Ecovillage at Ithaca. Suggested donation is $25-$35 and includes lunch. Space is limited; RSVP to Mary Kate Wheeler or via Facebook.
This workshop will delve into the evolution of human knowledge about the carbon cycle and the social and environmental implications of our current understanding. The workshop will be of particular interest to individuals who are, or will be, managing for more carbon and enhanced ecological function in their soils, and to individuals/organizations working to promote sustainable soil and water management in our region. Topics to be covered include:
xpected outcomes for workshop participants include gaining a deeper understanding of the carbon cycle, identifying human opportunities to make a difference, and developing a strategy that participants can employ to foster positive change in our region. Workshop participants are invited to join Peter Donovan on Sunday as he establishes a baseline plot for the Soil Carbon Challenge on a local farm.
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