It’s dry and getting drier here in the arid West. But drought is just a symptom of something much more insidious called desertification – creating a man-made desert out of a historically dry area.
In order to influence policy and projects aimed at reducing the effects of climate change, the Urban Soil Carbon Water Summit Partners invite you to join the dialogue and claim a leadership role in building the formula for abundance and urban resiliency:
Living Soil + Carbon Sequestration + Native Plants = Soil Security = Water Security
Over two days in February 2015 our internationally renowned speakers, in dialogue with YOU, our Summit attendees, will share strategies for:
• Restoring urban soils
• Reducing drought
• Creating a more verdant and economically viable city, and
• Sequestering carbon in the soil biome to reverse climate change.
Here in the City of Angels, we begin the collaboration with the billions of angels in the soil biome beneath our feet to restore the soils of America’s urban environments.
Our Summit host, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, located in Exposition Park, near downtown Los Angeles, seeks to inspire wonder, discovery and responsibility for our natural and cultural worlds and empower the widest possible audience to enjoy, value and become stewards of the living Earth. The Museum believes that human beings are connected — to each other, to communities, to other species, and to the Earth.
As humans increasingly influence natural systems, it is critical that we understand these relationships. Therefore, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County has donated all facilities and resources we enjoy during this Summit in order to spark the necessary dialogue around urban soil and water security. Spend some time wandering in their beautiful gardens and be sure to thank anyone you see with an NHM nametag for their generosity and support. Learn more about the Museum at:
Los Angeles, City of Angels, and eighth largest economy in the world, welcomes you to explore everything our vibrant and diverse city has to offer. Since we’re talking about the natural world, make sure to head EAST and visit Griffith Park, the larger, more untamed, and rugged counterpoint to that other great urban park, New York City’s Central Park. You will begin to appreciate how unique are our chaparral ecosystems and how vulnerable they are to climate change. Or, venture WEST to the Venice Beach and begin to appreciate the fragility of the tidal ecosystem and its vulnerability to urban soil degradation in the form of urban runoff.
Spend a few days here and be sure to:
Are you in town the evening before the Summit? Join us for an Inoculation Party and Sneak Peek Opening Celebration at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County’s Otis Booth Pavilion. Mingle with the speakers, sponsors, partners and friends who helped make the dream of this Summit a reality.
Libations and hors d’oeuvres served, of course with a soil theme!