I never thought much about soil until I started working on “50 Ways to Tame Our Wicked Climate Crisis”, but after learning more about it I realized how important and unappreciated it is—the soil and it’s inhabitants.
Here is the back story from these paintings;
Tillers of the Soil, Several years ago I got backyard chickens and designated a corner of the backyard as their home. I watched them work, they work the soil all day looking for bugs and worms. Then I started to notice how we don’t want and push out the animals that do this important work—the gophers, the ants, all the creatures that aerate the soil and keep the land from becoming compacted. And then I considered all the land around homes. This is a lot of land! The animals provide food and habitat for larger soil organisms and bugs with well, their poop. And as you’ll see from the next piece, The World Beneath Us, why that is so important!
The World Beneath Us, We just can’t ignore what we do to dirt. These creatures, microbes, etcetera have worked for millions of years to bring our planet to a perfect state for us and the other creatures that live here. We have to stop using sprays that kill what we consider pests, we can’t tolerate ‘dead zones’, and we can’t let companies that care only about profits decide our fate. We can’t fool ourselves that we will easily find another planet that was so well designed for us. This is our home but it’s there’s too. So, just leave these little guys alone!
Isopod Allies, I’ve always liked rollie pollies and thought to look into them more when I noticed a blue one in our community garden this summer, he was suffering from a viral infection called iridovirus. In my research I found out these little guys are super at preventing an increase of carbon release from the soil! And, we consider them pests, so that’s what we are killing when we use pesticides, we’re killing some of our allies against climate disruption.
There’s more to this story than meets the eye. It’s such a complex problem that it’s going to require us to reconsider all our assumptions. I have, through this process, evolved a vision of the future which I’m excited to share with you as I post more images. Not everyone can make every change but if we all make some changes we can collectively shift our actions to a future where life can thrive.
Re-wild your yard.