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International Environmental Conference

August 5, 2016 - August 6, 2016

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Agro-Ecological Practices to Mitigate Climate Change and Restore Ecosystems

The Soil Not Oil Coalition is pleased to announce the 2nd edition of the Soil Not Oil Conference.  As you may know, inspired in the book “Soil Not OilEnvironmental Justice in an Age of Climate Crisis” by Dr. Vandana Shiva, in 2015 we organized the first Soil Not Oil Conference that was a very successful event with over 100 speakers and more than 1,000 attendees.

The Problem and Soil-ution

Deforestation, erosion and industrial agriculture cause the decay of soils and in consequence the release of carbon and other GHGs into the atmosphere.  While the fight to stop fossil fuel extraction and consumption is essential, it is only half of the equation required if we are serious about mitigating climate change. Non‐sustainable management of soils through industrial agriculture causes over 30% of planetary carbon emissions, with 1/3 of the total global warming effects of industrialized nations attributed to an unsustainable food production system.

Scientists such Vandana Shiva, Rattan Lal, Richard Heinberg, Miguel Altieri, among others, teach us that we can mitigate climate change by returning carbon back into the soils. The impact of the 2015 Soil Not Oil Conference was tremendous, as we now see that dozens of participating organizations are including in their speech the issue of soil as a main problem and potential solution. Soils have entered in the international conversation about climate change from Richmond, California to the COP 21 in Paris, France – but the implementation of soil-utions must come from the bottom up!

What Can You Expect?

During the 2016 Soil Not Oil Conference we will host presentations by grassroots organizers, farmers and renowned scientists.  There will be plenaries and workshops during the two day conference as well as a gala and a multicultural celebration – Join us!  Get the facts and the tools to fix the broken ecosystems – We are expecting a larger gathering because this year we are partnering with national and international organizations. Sample Presentation

Get Involved!

If you are interested in presenting a workshop the deadline to submit proposals is Friday June 3rd (it may close earlier depending of the volume of proposals).

Early bird registration is open.

For volunteering opportunities before or during the conference, we will be glad to hear from you  .

If you are interested in sponsoring this conference please contact us.


August 5, 2016
August 6, 2016
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Soil Not Oil Coalition


Richmond Memorial Convention Center
403 Civic Center Plaza
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