Upcoming Event: Creating a Livable Climate Through
When: Wednesday evening, 9 January 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 PM; NO RSVP needed
Where: West Valley Library Branch, Community Room, 1243 San Tomas Aquino Rd;
San Jose, CA 95117
Come and learn about the many benefits of healthy soils – from protecting our water systems, growing healthy and abundant food, supporting plant and animal ecosystems, to helping create a more resilient climate through carbon sequestration. Learn about actions you can take in your own community – like supporting the grassroots initiative to protect Coyote Valley in southern San Jose from further development.
Presented by Guadalupe Regional Group, Loma Prieta Chapter of Sierra Club, and co-sponsored by the Mothers Out Front South Bay Team, Committee for Green Foothills, and San Jose Public Library.
Sierra Club California Approves Soils Committee’s Healthy Soils Resolution
Sierra Club California has approved the Soils Committee’s resolution to endorse agricultural practices that foster healthy soils and soil carbon sequestration, like those in the State of California's Healthy Soils Program.
Sierra Club California now joins the Soils Committee in supporting increased funding for California farmers and ranchers to implement practices that build soil health and lower greenhouse gas emissions. Improved soil health is key to helping California meet the target reductions of AB32 to lower greenhouse gas emissions to 40% by 2040, as well as improving the state’s water quality and security, food production and quality, biological diversity and wildlife habitat, and the quality of life of our farmers and ranchers.
A healthy soil ecosystem is also more likely to be resilient to weather extremes due to climate change, including fluctuating temperatures, wind, rain and floods, all of which are occurring at a greater intensity and frequency as the planet’s temperature continues to rise. Practices that build soil organic matter and soil microbial life—such as reduced or no tillage, compost and cover crops, and hedgerows, are promoted in place of practices that destroy soil health—such as tillage, exposed soil, use of commercial fertilizers, and use of pesticides.