Sunday, September 24, at 4 p.m. in Orcas Center
Reception and book signing afterwards.
Throughout history, civilizations have withered into poverty and disappeared after destroying their once-fertile soils. Now we risk repeating this age-old trauma on a global scale due to ongoing soil-degradation, climate change, and rising populations. But UW Professor and MacArthur Fellow David R. Montgomery offers reasons for hope in this lecture, based on his recent book, Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life. He leads us on a fascinating journey through history and around the world, demonstrating how innovative farmers are ditching the plow, mulching cover crops, and adopting complex crop rotation schemes to restore their soils. Merging ancient wisdom with modern science, they have developed simple, cost-effective ways to pull carbon from the atmosphere and feed the world, meanwhile stashing an impressive amount of it underground.
David R. Montgomery is Professor of Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington, where he leads the Geomorphological Research Group. A MacArthur Fellow, he is the author of King of Fish: The Thousand-Year Run of Salmon, Dirt: The Erosion of Civilization, and The Rocks Don’t Lie: A Geologist Investigates Noah’s Flood — all of which won Washington State Book Awards for general nonfiction. With his wife Anne Biklé, he coauthored The Hidden Half of Nature: Microbial Roots of Life and Health.
Cosponsored by Janet Alderton and Orcas Island Public Library.