It’s easy to look at the state of the planet and feel despondent. Most climate change documentaries leave you feeling completely powerless and with no solutions or hope. However, the new Netflix documentary ‘Kiss The Ground’ is very different. This groundbreaking feature length documentary demonstrates how soil health can be our biggest weapon in the fight against climate change.
It’s reassuring to think that something as solid and as simple as the earth beneath our feet could ultimately save the planet. While the documentary examines a number of subject areas, the main theme is soil health and biosequestration, i.e. using plants to capture carbon from the atmosphere and store it safely in the ground.
Farmers, scientists and climate change activists have been aware of the environmental benefits of soil health for a long time but the majority of people are not. To generate interest in this subject, the documentary is narrated by Hollywood A-lister Woody Harrelson and features celebrities and climate change activists such as NFL legend Tom Brady and supermodel Gisele. Leading scientists give the documentary more technical expertise and credibility too.
Some of the areas examined in the documentary include:
- Waste management & recycling (what is waste and what is a resource?)
- Natural farming and self-sustaining ecosystems
- Living walls
- Biosequestration and soil health
The biggest claim that Kiss The Ground makes is that we can potentially reverse the effects of climate change and save our planet by improving soil health and encouraging greater biosequestration. This extracts carbon from the atmosphere pulling it back to the ground and storing it in plants where it belongs. Streaming now on Netflix, powerful viewing, highly recommended.