The Living Skin of Earth

Watch Independent Lens “Dirt! The Movie” at 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10 on Wisconsin Public Television.

DIRT! What could be better? Everything comes from dirt – food, building materials and minerals. However, what most people don’t realize is that dirt is a living thing packed full of billions of organisms. Over the years we have been destroying our dirt in pursuit of other materials beneath. That, in combination with natural causes, has caused us to lose one third of our top soil in just a hundred years. The results of mistreating our dirt have proved to be somewhat devastating and have been linked to problems such as starvation and climate change. Don’t miss this amazing film by Bill Benenson and Gene Rosow about the importance of dirt and what you can do to help keep dirt alive.  In addition to the filmmakers interview above, I have also included a short preview of the movie below. If you’d like a longer and more detailed preview, you can watch it here.

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