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Soil Care Network Newsletter
November 2023
by Nicola Wynn, Jamie Nix, Clement Boyer, Charlotte Chivers, Michiel van de Pavert, and Anna Krzywoszynska

Academic Papers

Is the European Soil Monitoring Law an effective instrument for the protection of terrestrial ecosystems? This short discussion paper argues that further actions are needed to design and implement a legally binding framework for soil protection that will actually be protective


To communicate soil erosion effectively, focusing on extreme events is not sufficient


Archeologists are inviting us to think about today’s waste as tomorrow’s soil: Given modern threats to soil security, we need to embrace waste, trash and rubbish as the soil of the future

What may it mean to think about our relations with soils in terms of justice

This article provides considerations on more sustainable uses of plastics in agriculture

Soil & Policy

The European Union’s Soil Observatory is holding stakeholder forums to actively engage and exchange with the soil community, from policy makers and scientists to local actors, civil society representatives and citizens. Read more and register here

Australia had led the way on soil protection through different policies, including the position of a National Soil Advocate. This role has now been discontinued, and we will be curious to see what comes next

European Commission adopted measures that restrict microplastics intentionally added to products under the EU chemical legislation REACH



Soil Art, Entertainment, and Outreach

Ethan Murrow Solo Show - Paris, October 2023. This solo show features the work of Boston-based artist Ethan Murrow and is called "Magic Soil"

Our Ecology: Toward a Planetary Living - Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, October 18, 2023 - March 31, 2024. This exhibition features artists who engage with environmental issues and explores the relationship between humans and the planet

Green in the Groves - Camden Art Centre, London, October 6 - December 31, 2023. This exhibition presents a new body of work by Canadian artist Henderson, which includes sculpture, installation, painting, live performance, and film


Return to Earth – Art & Ecology in Japan, 1950s–1980s - Japan Society, New York, October 2023 - January 2024. This exhibition looks at the practices of Japanese artists during the postwar era and features artists who engaged with environmental calamities and criticized exploitative systems

Diana Wall, who heads the Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative, speaks about arctic soils in the recent edition of Solid Science podcast



Soil Events

Free webinar "COP28: Amplifying Soil Health in the Climate Conversation" on December 12, 2023, at 10 AM (EST). This virtual event features a lineup of speakers, including Dr. Alberto Acedo and Joy Youwakim and Dr. Leigh Winowiecki from Coalition Alliance for Soil Health (CA4SH), who will provide insights into the 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28) and World Soil Day. Dr. Jacob Parnell from the FAO will shed light on the critical role of soil biodiversity in agriculture and climate change mitigation, demonstrating how soil health data is revolutionizing the industry. Dr. Linsey Haram, representing AIM for Climate, will discuss the organization's vision for climate-smart agriculture. The event will also include an interactive panel discussion

Organised by the Norwegian Bioart Arena NOBA, a Soil Symposium “Sensing Place: Decentralising Knowledges, Making Soil Futures” will take place on 16th November in Oslo. The series is directing attention to a variety of perspectives on living soil through imaginative interdisciplinary interactions

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