On October 23rd the Sustainable Soils Alliance held its official launch with a Parliamentary Reception at the Terrace Pavilion, House of Commons.
The event was hosted by Rebecca Pow MP, who neatly encapsulated the event as follows: “A remarkable two hundred people, from scientists to NGOs, farmers, environmental groups and academics were brought together through the recognition that our soils have for too long been neglected and the determination that through a joint approach we can push for a positive change in the way our soils are managed so that the soil crisis might be reversed”.
The Secretary of State Michael Gove not only attended the reception but stated words to the effect that soil will now start to get the attention it deserves from this Government. He promised to work with the SSA to ensure this happens.
We are in the process of collating and analysing the contributions made by the speakers on the day, as well as the many responses to the questions we posed regarding future soils policy on the #sustainablesoilsnow postcard. If you would like to provide your answers-on-a-postcard to these three questions, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
- What worries you most about the state of UK soils?
- What needs to be done to address this?
- What government policies are needed to make this happen?
This feedback will be used to inform and direct the SSA’s policy asks which we have published in a full report of the event.
Successfully pursuing these asks will require the ‘joint approach’ Rebecca Pow referred to above. We are extremely grateful to those of you that expressed the willingness to collaborate with us in the task ahead by offering us your time, finances and expertise.