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Yale Climate Connections: As the planet warms, can we afford to treat poop as waste?

photo credit: Yale Climate Connections For centuries, people have been using human waste as a precious commodity for soil fertilization around the world. In fact, night soil, the term given to the human waste product, has had entire economies built around it as a means for sustainable agriculture production from Asia to the Amazon. A recent article in Yale Climate Connections provided some insight into understanding why we have wandered so far from these roots, how that has impacted climate change, and if it is time once again to rethink human waste as a valuable commodity. Prior to World War II, livestock manure management was an integral part of ...

World Centric: Interview with Sasha Kramer

"Did you have to think about finding a toilet today? If you didn't, you're very lucky. Two billion people around the world lack access to sanitation." World Centric Director of Impact Janae Lloyd sat down with SOIL's Executive Director Sasha Kramer a couple of months ago to talk safely managed sanitation and the unexpected possibilities that recycling human waste can provide. Don't miss a great discussion on the sanitation revolution. Watch the Full Interview: Support SOIL SOIL depends on individual donations from people like you to fund our lifesaving, earth-restoring sanitation services in Haiti. Please consider supporting SOIL today. ...

National Geographic: Explorers in the Field visits SOIL

photo credit: National Geographic Education “What if your faucet had no clean water coming out of it and no way for human waste to get out?” As many classrooms move online, National Geographic brings the reality of the global sanitation crisis to screens around the world. And, they do it by bringing viewers to Haiti where they meet with SOIL’s Sasha Kramer to learn about the historical context for Haiti’s lack of sanitation infrastructure, what it means for public health and the environment, and how SOIL’s practical, climate-positive solution is responding to the challenge. The SOIL team is truly excited to share our most recent spotlight ...

SOCIETY Magazine: Completing the Poop Loop

“There is no such thing as waste; every molecule, every organism is valuable, even excrement.” – Sasha Kramer As part of a reporting program devoted supporting innovative development journalists, Grégoire Belhoste and William Thorp spent time with SOIL at our Port-au-Prince facility last year to better understand the history and process of SOIL’s regenerative urban sanitation service. The beautiful feature piece in Society Magazine explores SOIL’s history, the “poop loop” cycle, and why we believe that sanitation is a human right. Baudelaire Magloire told Society Magazine that, “we all deserve sanitation. Sanitation ...

AJ+ Français: TURNING DEADLY POOP INTO FERTILE SOIL

Se nourrir grâce aux selles“Rien ne se perd, tout se transforme.” L’ONG haïtienne SOIL (Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods) l’a bien compris et a trouvé une idée plutôt originale pour produire du compost et lutter contre les maladies… 💩Posted by AJ+ français on Monday, 23 December 2019 Support SOIL SOIL depends on individual donations from people like you to fund our work in Haiti. Please consider supporting SOIL today. Other Recent SOIL Coverage

Green America: Tackling Soil, Sanitation, and Beyond in Haiti

For a recently published feature about SOIL’s lifesaving sanitation service, Kevin Fitzpatrick of Green America interviewed SOIL Executive Director and Co-Founder Dr. Sasha Kramer about what led her to co-found SOIL, the connection between sanitation and agriculture, and the innovation behind SOIL’s revolutionary composting waste treatment facility. SOIL’s solution “addresses a wide range of basic human rights issues such as access to food, access to sanitation, and living in a clean environment.” And, as Dr. Kramer shared with Kevin, “sanitation and food are inextricably connected, both in the sense that you wouldn't poop if you ...

JSTOR: A History of Human Waste As Fertilizers

In eighteenth-century Japan, human waste served a critical role in local agricultural production says JSTOR Daily. Their question in the recent article on sanitation history: can similar solutions help manage waste today? In the 1700s, Japanese community members saw human waste as a valuable substance for their crops and a viable tool for soil restoration and food security. It was so esteemed that landlords actually owned the rights to it and stealing the waste was a punishable crime! At this moment in history, the valorization of waste in the country put Japan’s sanitation miles ahead of European countries facing public health and hygiene ...

Webinar: SOIL Talks Climate Connections with ILSR

Last week, SOIL’s Executive Director and Co-Founder Dr. Sasha Kramer presented on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s Compost Climate Connections series webinar. Sasha discussed the role compost plays in mitigating climate change, how ecological sanitation systems work, and the benefits of a circular economy approach to sanitation in Haiti. Long-time SOIL research partner Dr. Rebecca Ryals joined the webinar and shared the results from her recently published paper that analyzes the climate benefits of SOIL’s ecological sanitation services. If you weren’t able to watch, The Institute for Local Self-Reliance has made the video available ...

Video: Sasha Kramer Talks Sustainable Sanitation with IWA

SOIL Co-Founder and Executive Director Dr. Sasha Kramer recently presented on SOIL's work and alternatives to water-based sewage at the first IWA-IDB Innovation Conference on Sustainable Use of Water 2019 in Ecuador. Watch the video see what Sasha had to say about why it's important to think outside the sewer. Sustainable alternatives to water-based sewage from IWA on Vimeo. Support SOIL SOIL depends on individual donations from people like you to fund our work in Haiti. Please consider supporting SOIL today. Other Recent SOIL Coverage VIDEOS Want to keep watching? Scroll through below to see other videos about SOIL's ...

Blavity: Combatting the Legacy of Environmental Racism in Haiti

Photo Credit: Vic Hinterlang Far too often discussions about environmental degradation and the global climate crisis miss the mark when it comes to the legacy of colonialism and racism. Though Haiti's geographical location and topological features certainly increase the nation's physical vulnerability to the impacts of climate change, the degree of environmental degradation and environmental vulnerability in Haiti is anything but natural. How this Org is Helping Haitians Reclaim their Land by Working to Combat Environmental Racism | Blavity It is neither normal nor natural that Haiti, a country with a negligible direct contribution to ...