What Is Earth For? / a talk by Courtney White
I have worked on the front lines of collaborative conservation, regenerative agriculture, and ecological restoration for two decades, sharing innovative, on-the-ground solutions that bring people together in what we call the radical center. These solutions include progressive cattle management, land health, local food production, and atmospheric carbon sequestration in soils. I have advocated for these hopeful solutions both in my writing and nonprofit work.
In my lifetime, human impact on the planet has gone from small to catastrophic, raising an anguished question: What Is Earth For? The presentation covers my unique journey through conservation and regenerative agriculture and is designed to provoke thoughtful questions about the future. At each step, I found a great deal of hope to a variety of global concerns – hope that I’d like to share. Topics covered:
- The Conservation Movement
- Sustainable Ranching
- Ecological Restoration
- The Radical Center
- Carbon Sequestration in Soil
- Telling Good Stories
I am especially eager to help people tell effective stories. In my experience, it is the missing link in our collective work on solutions. Facts and figures are important, as are on-the-ground examples of good stewardship, but they require a compelling story to bind everything together in an intriguing manner.
“Hope in a book about the environmental challenges we face in the 21st century is an audacious thing to promise, so I’m pleased to report that Courtney White delivers on it.” – Michael Pollan, in his Foreword to my book Grass, Soil, Hope.