59 results for author: SOIL In the News


Juno7: All About SOIL’s Organic Compost

SOIL's lush, organic compost, Konpòs Lakay, works to mitigates the impacts of climate change, rebuilds soil health, and helps farmers increase their yields in Haiti. As we produce more and more compost,  we've been excited to collaborate with Konsome Lokal, an organization working promote local Haitian products, to reach new markets and customers for the soil amendments. After attending one of their fair's featuring 100% local Haitian products last month, we sat down with Juno7 to talk all about our compost. Excerpts from the Interview: "SOIL works to create social business models that provide sanitation, treat waste, and produce compost. We hope ...

New York Times: Can Dirt Save the Earth?

Photo: Vic Hinterlang "To prevent carbon from causing misery and destruction, perhaps we just need to change its location. Perhaps we can find a way to pull it from the air and restore it to the earth," writes the New York Times in a new article that features the research of SOIL's longtime collaborator, Dr. Rebecca Ryals. The article documents recent groundbreaking studies into how improving the health of soil through compost amendments may be one of the most promising tools we may have at our disposal to combat climate change. SOIL has worked with Dr. Ryals for years to better understand how, by producing nutrient-rich compost, SOIL's ...

Juneau Empire: How Human Waste Can Be Transformed into Resources

Gavin McNicol, Junior Jules Francois and Denis Darline are photographed at SOIL Haiti’s composting site near Cap-Haïtien (Tucker Cahill Chambers) Around two million people, mostly women and children, die each year from diarrhea caused by preventable waterborne diseases. The majority of people lacking access to improved sanitation necessary to prevent these deaths live in rapidly growing informal settlements in the developing world, like the neighborhoods SOIL serves in Haiti. But disparities exist everywhere, including in rural Alaska where 18% of people don't have access to safe sanitation and traditional sewer systems, which exist throughout ...

The Guardian: Life without Toilets

Photo: Andrea Bruce, NOOR Images Last year, award winning professional photographer Andrea Bruce came to visit SOIL in Northern Haiti to document our work to expand access to lifesaving sanitation in urban communities. Since then, she has traveled the world to shed light on the global sanitation crisis and the resulting photo essay, which was commissioned by National Geographic, has gone on to win first prize in the Pictures of the Year award. See the Photos Don't miss the Guardian's piece on the series, including a shout-out to SOIL's transformative sanitation solution. Are you interested in seeing more of Andrea's photos of SOIL? Visit this page ...

Ozy: Why Cities are Starting to Shun Sewers

Photo: Vic Hinterlang It's time to think outside the sewer, writes Alia Dharssi for Ozy in a new article on how sanitation practitioners like SOIL are leading the way for a global sanitation revolution. "Globally, more than 1 billion people live in slums with inadequate or no toilets. That condition is spawning a health crisis, with research linking poor sanitation to the transmission of diseases like cholera, malnutrition and intestinal worms. Less than 10 percent of wastewater is treated in some countries such as Lebanon and Cambodia, according to a 2017 United Nations report. But modern sewer systems, which cost millions to build and ...

RT on Haiti and SOIL with Dr. Sasha Kramer

SOIL Co-Founder and Executive Director Dr. Sasha Kramer recently had the honor of joining Commissioner Bart Chilton for an in-depth interview on RT's Boom Bust. They dove into the origins of SOIL's work, the intersection of ecological principles and liberation theology, and the long-term impact that climate related catastrophes have had across Haiti. What's next on the horizon for SOIL and the sanitation sector at large? How can viewers at home who are inspired by SOIL's work play a role in helping grow SOIL's impact? Watch the video: Support SOIL Other Recent SOIL Coverage  

Hub Culture: An Interview with SOIL’s Sasha Kramer

"This year at Davos, there's a new global risk report and three of the five major risks are environmental ones: natural disasters, climate change, and water scarcity," says SOIL's Dr. Sasha Kramer in an interview with Edie Lush for Hub Culture. "[SOIL] is  working on designing a technology that not only provides a dignified toilet, but also addresses all of these risks." Don't miss a great discussion on the Sustainable Development Goals, the toilet of the future, and the disparaging remarks that President Trump made about Haiti last month. Watch the Full Interview:  Support SOIL Other Recent SOIL Coverage  

Common Dreams: Head of Prominent NGO Walks Out of Trump’s Davos Speech

 Protesting Trump's "shithole" comment and in solidarity with the people of Haiti—a "beautiful, unique, revolutionary nation" — co-founder of SOIL, NGO focused on sustainable sanitation and ecology, voices dissent at global gathering. Photo: Jorge Ribas. Read the full article in Common Dreams "In particular, [Sasha] Kramer's action was a response to the administration's recent decision to end protections afforded Haitian refugees living in the U.S. under the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program as well as eye-witness reports that Trump  referred to Haiti, as well as other nations, as "shithole countries" during a White House ...

New York Times: Growing Interest in SOIL’s Sanitation Solution

Photo: Andrea Bruce, Noor "With water shortages around the world, there’s growing interest in [SOIL's] approach," writes Nicholas Kristof today's column for the New York Times. Writing from the World Economic Forum's Conference in Davos, he explains that social entrepreneurs like SOIL offer an "inspiring window into what can be accomplished" in our world. Read the article in The New York Times "Sasha Kramer works in Haiti to address two fundamental problems: a lack of toilets and declining soil fertility. Her organization, SOIL, charges customers a few dollars a month to provide and service composting toilets that turn human waste into safe ...

Lift Economy: Poop to the Rescue for Eroding Soils

Image: AJ+ Untreated human waste can do incredible harm to both public health and the environment. But can the power of poop be harnessed to rescue eroding soil and create sustainable livelihoods? Regular SOIL blog readers know the answer to that question is: yes! Dr. Sasha Kramer, SOIL's co-founder and Executive Director, sat down with our friends at Lift Economy for their podcast B the Change to chat about SOIL's work to develop social business models for the provision of household sanitation in vulnerable urban communities across Haiti. Listen to the Episode: Don't miss reading the article that accompanies the episode, which is available ...