Let’s Talk About Soil – English (w/ Dutch Subtitles)

we overlook it we walk all over it trample it every day yet we need it like the air we breathe it’s about time that we talk about soil and certainly about time that we start protecting it there can be no life without it it feeds us and we are responsible for it soil is formed from rocks that are decomposed slowly by the Sun the wind and the rain by animals and plants in this way 10 centimeters of fertile soil are created in 2000 long ears only 10 centimeters in two millennia soil that we deplete in only a few years gone forever forests and plants protect the soil but every year 13 million hectares of forest are cut down fields are cultivated in adequately added to that of monocultures and farming on slopes after the harvest fields are left naked and unprotected all this greatly accelerates erosion and so gone with the wind washed away by water 24 billion tons of fertile soil were lost in 2011 alone a loss of 3.4 tons per person worldwide no matter what age erosion costs each person $70 per year a worldwide cost that amounts to four hundred ninety billion dollars an astronomical amount our cities are also growing rapidly every year in Europe an area as large as the city of Berlin is transformed into urban areas half of these soils are sealed this is soil from which nothing can run but fertile soil is finite and therefore invaluable investors and states have realized this the race for the soils of the world has already begun land grabbing often with questionable means for questionable purposes millions of hectares of land change owner every year the price ruined lives uprooted families usually these are the poorest of the poor often they have no choice they destroy the forest because they need land to survive we need healthy and fertile soil now more than ever projections say the available arable land per Earth inhabitant will be reduced by half by 2050 but already today 1 billion people go to bed hungry night after night that’s 1 billion people too many and this number will increase every day if we do not distribute soil fairly if we do not increase yields dramatically on every piece of land or simply discover a second earth but we might not want to rely on battle soil and land issues rarely get our attention or that of our policymakers we see the full supermarket shelves and believe that things will stay like this forever we live on credit at the expense of soils but they are not inexhaustible we take out money from a bank account into which we never make any deposits one day this account will be empty our credit overdrawn and our soils will be gone but there is good news we have long known what we must do in order to preserve soils for our children let’s remember soil is a sensitive living being who wants to be taken care of it is not a factory everyone has a right to soil this right must be safeguarded by the law and we cannot afford to bury our livelihood under a layer of asshole now it’s up to us we must open our eyes and find ways to apply our knowledge so we don’t end up losing the ground under our feet

12 thoughts on “Let’s Talk About Soil – English (w/ Dutch Subtitles)

  1. Same like Umut, I would like to use it for presentations and translated to Turkish but could not find to fix subtitles!

  2. This is retarded. We already produce enough food to feed the world many times over. It's not a production problem but a distribution problem.

    No one gives a fuck about soil because it's not actually a problem.

  3. OMG! This production is so good 🙌 Such contents are capable of catching mass people's attention as well as the law makers 🙂

  4. What a powerful and brilliant animation! Thank you for educating the world about the state and importance of the soils and encourage for action!

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