The massive climate change issue you've probably never heard about — and how these activists are working to fix it

The Save Soil movement aims to inspire 3.5 billion people to support policy redirections that would revitalize and bring back the topsoil

Why It Matters

Soil is a vital player in a trifecta for human health: carbon capture, food and water security. 95 percent of our food comes from rapidly diminishing top soil. Experts warn that if the world’s soils are not revitalised, they could release 850 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere contributing to climate change - which is more than all of humanity’s emissions in the last 30 years combined.

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The Latin word for humans comes from humus, which means soil. 

Yet soil, similar to the plight facing humanity amidst the climate crisis, is at threat. The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that all the world’s topsoil could become extinct in 60 years at the current rate of degradation. In

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