The Amazon Rainforest is known as the “lungs of the earth” because it draws in carbon dioxide and breathes out oxygen. But it is also the biological heart of the planet’s hydroclimate system, the planet’s rain making machine. We have lost almost 20 % of the forest and are close to reaching a tipping point where it will turn to grassland. What will that mean for us, and how can we prevent the dieback?
Whether at ground level or high above the city streets, growing plants in an urban setting imposes stress, both for the plants and the people maintaining them. We too often turn to a small palette of non-native species that are over-used and have little to no ecological value. Ethan Dropkin will illustrate how by using existing native plant communities found in naturally stressed ecological environments to guide us, we can use urban conditions to our advantage and create resilient, ecologically-sound plantings.
This statewide event will center on youth leadership and empowerment in the farm to school movement and will bring together farm to school advocates – food service professionals, students, educators, policy makers, public health advocates, community organizers, and more – for a week of virtual workshops and in-person field trips. The workshops will provide all attendees with concrete skills or actionable takeaways and confidence to make a change in their schools and communities.