GROW Place Ireland are inviting Donegal people with an interest in soil health, science and climate change to a workshop on World Soil Day.
The event, organised by GROW community champion Joanne Butler, will be held in the Regional Cultural Centre Letterkenny from 1.30pm-4pm on 1st December.
Featuring talks and facilitated conversations, the workshop is part of a series of events on soil health and citizen science taking place in different European countries celebrating World Soil Day.
World Soil Day is held annually as a means to focus attention on soil and on advocating for the sustainable management of soil resources. This year’s theme is soil pollution.
The GROW Observatory – a European-wide project engaging thousands of GROWers, researchers and people passionate about land and soil – is taking a lead on spotlighting the importance of soil health in this context.
To do this, the GROW Observatory is mobilising its communities around Europe, where soil health will be front and centre of a range of actions and activities to highlight solutions to soil pollution.
The GROW Observatory has established GROW Places in 9 European countries, to enable people to act as citizen scientists and, using low cost soil sensors, collect data that can help validate climate prediction models from satellites.
This will help to forecast the frequency and intensity of extreme climate phenomena, like droughts, floods and heatwaves.
So far, citizen scientists in the GROW Communities have deployed 2,000 soil moisture sensors in the different GROW Places, setting views to 10,000 sensors in the coming year. This is considered to be the largest soil moisture survey conducted by citizens across Europe.
GROW Community Champion Joanne Butler said: “Finding routes to more sustainable land use and climate friendly food growing practices is now critical to solving many local and global challenges we face.
“The World Soil Day coincides with COP24 – the Global Climate Summit – made all the more pressing following the IPCC’s most recent report, which gives us 12 years to collectively address climate change before runaway climate breakdown kicks in.
“We would like to invite you to this workshop that is being organised by GROW Place Ireland in County Donegal.”
This event, which features talks by Joanne Butler, Conor O Kane and the GROW Participants as well as facilitated conversations, is part of a series of events on soil health and citizen science taking place in different European countries celebrating World Soil Day.
Everyone is welcome and new and existing GROW Soil Sensing Participants are more than welcome to come along.
For more details contact Joanne Butler on 0861789971 or email firstname.lastname@example.org #GROWSoilHealthTags: