World Soil Day 2019 and its campaign 'Stop Soil Erosion, Save Our Future' is intended to raise awareness on the importance of sustaining healthy ecosystems and human well-being by addressing the increasing challenges in soil management; to raise the profile of healthy soil by encouraging governments, organizations, communities and individuals around the world to engage in proactively improving soil health.
OUR LIVING SOIL. COP26 and the World Congress of Soil Science
Working with the British Society of Soil Science and a panel of experts, CCANW has now completed plans for the first phase of an ambitious new arts programme 'Our Living Soil' spanning two major international environmental conferences soon to be held in Glasgow; COP26 next November – the UN climate change summit - and the World Congress of Soil Science in 2022.
Young Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has been invited by the City Council to attend COP26 and speak to local school children. Photo: AFP - Glasgow Live 14 Oct
A feature of our new programme will be to reach out to new audiences, especially the young and underserved, who may not have much engagement with the arts and soil science. This first phase, for which funding is now being sought, involves working closely with new Scottish partners aiming to connect both local and international artists, scientists and communities through a wide range of events and activities.
'Green Tease for COP26 Glasgow'. Creative Carbon Scotland and ecoartscotland are providing an opportunity to discuss ways that the public can engage with the issues surrounding COP26, including the role of the arts. Tues. 10 Dec. 6.30-8.30pm. MANY Studios, 3 Ross Street, Glasgow G1 5AR. Book your free place here.
'Our Living Soil' builds on our 'Soil Culture' project which became the UK's most significant arts contribution to the UN International Year of Soils (2015), attracting 655 applications from 39 different countries for its programme of artist residencies. We are now focussed on encouraging activities elsewhere in the UK and keen to hear from artists and arts organisations wishing to participate in this new project.
You can order a copy of 'Field to Palette-Dialogues on Soil and Art in the Anthropocene', co-edited by our panel member Alexandra Toland, which brings together over 100 artists and environmental scientists to discuss the state of the world's soils, their functions in society, and their cultural meanings over time.