STEP CHANGE CONFERENCE: A KYOTO FOR SOILS

 
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Our ultimate objective is to hold a Step-Change Soils in Crisis Conference with engagement at all key levels. The outcome will commission a report capable of doing for soils what the Stern Report did for climate change. It will assess the risk of arriving at a tipping point in soil sustainability and the economic cost of getting this wrong at various stages, in order to determine the urgency and type of benchmarks needed to achieve sustainability.

The conference will address the challenge of a national and global crisis of our soils.

Soil that provides life for all terrestrial organisms (including humans) is a finite resource

The nature of the crisis for humans is that under current trends there is a finite number of generations of harvests remaining

The impact of declines upon nature, ecosystems and humans will lead to a pivotal irreversibility

The key question the conference needs to answer is:

Within one generation what must be done to reverse declines and how do we achieve and measure restoration?
 

The Conference is conceived as a landmark event for change, convened to attract and engage the broadest possible community to commit to the common purpose of soil recovery and sign up to realisable goals in achieving generational soil health.

We aim for over 100 organisations with a primary interest in soils to sign up to a single statement to present to government.

The overarching aim is to:

  • Face head on the real crisis in the degradation and health of our soils and what this threat poses to future harvests and human survival

  • Pave the way for constructive collaboration with milestones for restoration back to soil health within one generation

The conference will:

  • Define soil health and agree standards for measuring improvement

  • Break down barriers between knowledge communities

  • Lead to a step change in thinking and policy

  • Pave the way to real change on the scale of the Stern Report and Brundtland Commission

Collaboration is essential.

Knowledge flow and dialogue are vital for problem solving. We will bring together academics, soil & food entrepreneurs, thought leaders, land use stakeholders, the green sector, politicians, policy makers, campaign groups, pharmaceuticals, risk analysts, economists and health sectors.

Our goal is to forge a new paradigm of collaboration capable of transforming soil deterioration.

We aim to:

  • Change the way knowledge is exchanged to ensure accessible research, data & publications

  • Engage risk and economic disciplines to inform and direct policy

  • Quantify the risk at varying levels of soil decline and the consequential national cost to determine strategies for cost-benefit intervention

  • Formulate strategic milestones for soil health improvement

  • Influence realistic policy to achieve healthy soils within a defined timescale

  • Develop cooperative agreements on research



Links to details of previous events 

We have also been involved in:

Healthy Landscapes (speaker) OR we have spoken at events inc…

We have contributed to high profile ecological conferences/events ie Arb Association (joint conf organisers etc)