The first day of school was cancelled today due to the Jones Bar Wildfire. We're so sad for all those affected and hope that it will be out soon.
With no school, I took the opportunity to teach my children the difference between dirt and soil.
There was initially a LOT of complaining, but we eventually watched this documentary called "The Need to Grow".
It was another great film highlighting potential solutions to the world's problems, including something called biochar I'd never heard of before.
I don't think my children ever thought about the quality of the world's soils, or even how far their food travels to get to us before. It was quite interesting to hear their responses.
I don't want to scare the crap out of them, but unfortunately it's going to fall to their generation to fix things. I feel like they need to know what they're up against and that hope and solutions are available.
This quote from Confucius that was highlighted in the movie sums it up perfectly...
"If your plan is for one year plant rice. If your plan is for ten years plant trees. If you plan is for one hundred years educate children."
After the movie we went outside and finished preparing the last garden trough for planting as I taught them about the need for proper drainage, good nutrient rich soil, and mulch to keep the soil moist in these crazy hot temperatures.
It was hot and smoky outside, so that brought us full circle to the fire in our community and how the climate change we're seeing is affecting everyone globally.
My first goal is to educate my children well and help them find solutions. My second goal is to share what I'm doing with the world to inspire others and show them that they can make a difference.