A new documentary – Kiss the Ground – aims to show how soil regeneration is an effective and viable solution to the planet’s climate crisis, and to inspire action to reverse climate change.
The documentary, narrated by Woody Harrelson, reveals that by regenerating the world’s soils we can rapidly stabilise the Earth’s climate, restore local ecosystems and create abundant food supplies.
Kiss the Ground, which is currently available to stream via Netflix, explores regenerative agriculture – a method of farming that increases biodiversity, enriches soils, improves watersheds, and enhances ecosystem services.
By focusing on soil health, regenerative agriculture aims to capture carbon in the soil and plants, reversing climate change. It also offers increased crop yields, and resilience to climate instability.
Using graphics and visuals, alongside footage from NASA and NOAA, Kiss the Ground illustrates how, by drawing down atmospheric carbon, soil is the missing piece of the climate puzzle.
Husband-and-wife team and filmmakers Josh and Rebecca Tickell joined forces with actor Ian Somerhalder, also executive producer of Kiss the Ground, and the nonprofit organisation Kiss the Ground to make a movie that showed how to turn deserts back into lush ecosystems while reversing climate change.
The result has been an almost decade-long journey to produce a film which includes never before seen footage from around the world showing the reversal of ecological damage and highlighting a way in which the planet can be restored.
Rebecca Tickell, Kiss the Ground co-director, said: “Never before has there been a more important message, and the good news is it’s hopeful, it’s actionable and the film shows us steps we can take right now.”
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyle including sustainable and green living.