21 results for tag: climate change


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 ...

15 of the Most Impactful Global Climate Projects

In 2018, SOIL's efforts in Haiti were recognized as a powerful and replicable solution to the global climate crisis by the UN's Momentum for Change. SOIL is now featured in their newly released interactive report spotlighting what they call 15 of the most "impactful and innovative" climate solutions around the world. If you're in need of inspiration, we invite you to explore the beautiful new resource here. To learn more about the ways in which SOIL's regenerative urban sanitation solutions help frontline communities like the ones we serve in Haiti mitigate and adapt to climate change, visit this page. To see other awards and recognition that our ...

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 ...

Video: Composting Waste Treatment | Narrated by David Attenborough

SOIL was honored to be recognized last year by the UN Momentum for Change as an inspiring and replicable solution to the global climate crisis. A new video following their visit to northern Haiti helps to tell the story of why SOIL was chosen and how our team is taking a tricky public health challenge and - with a little grit, creativity, and dedication - transforming it into a solution for environmental restoration and resilience. Click below to watch the video and take a moment to let us know what you think in the comment section below. You might just recognize the voice of one of our very favorite environmental advocates narrating the video as ...

Optimizing the Composting Process: Research Updates from Port-au-Prince

Gavin McNicol, who has long been active in SOIL’s research partnership with Dr. Rebecca Ryals, had the opportunity to visit us at SOIL’s composting waste treatment site just outside of Haiti’s capital city in earlier this year. In 2016, Gavin joined Dr. Ryals ongoing research investigating SOIL’s climate impact and helped spearhead research on the optimal conditions for the composting process. Gavin took a moment to share an update on the ongoing research as well as a sneak peek on a new research project that we are workin...

Showcasing Possibility at COP24

Earlier this month, SOIL was honored to receive the United Nations' Momentum for Change Award in Planetary Health at COP24 in Katowice, Poland. Momentum for Change honors innovative and transformative solutions that address both climate change and wider economic, social and environmental challenges. Recognized as a Lighthouse Activity, SOIL’s work is honored for being a practical, scalable and replicable example of a groundbreaking intervention to tackle climate change. Check out this video showcasing the Planetary Health award winners (narrated by Sir David Attenborough!): Planetary Health: Narrated Sir David Attenborough from Momentum ...

How SOIL is acting local and thinking global

Thanks to the support of our friends and donors around the world, SOIL is able to have quite a large impact in Haiti already. If you drive into the city of Cap-Haitien on a SOIL collection day, you’ll see bright green EkoLakay containers stacked up alongside the rode and a fleet of green three-wheeled motorcycles zipping along picking up containers and visiting customers. We are a team of more than 70, working through rain storms, floods, and holidays to ensure that our household toilets and composting waste treatment operation hums along. For every home on our service, SOIL ensures an affordable, dignified, and safe place to use a toilet. For every ...

SOIL at COP24: The Opportunity Ahead of Us

SOIL's container-based sanitation solutions have been intentionally designed to be resistant to natural disasters and our full-cycle household sanitation service helps Haiti - one of the most climate-vulnerable spots on earth - adapt to and mitigate the effects of global climate change. "It is now devastatingly clear that tackling the global climate crisis is going to take immediate and urgent action," says SOIL board member Ingrid Henrys. In the lead up to the COP24 conference this week, which SOIL is honored to participate in as a winner of the 2018 Momentum for Change award, Ingrid spoke about climate change and climate action on behalf of ...

Nurturing Another World

From SOIL's October Newsletter.  To receive an update from our teams in Haiti in your inbox each month, please follow this link to sign up. This past weekend, as many of you have likely heard, a 5.9 magnitude earthquake struck northwestern Haiti, displacing families and destroying buildings in the city of Port-de-Paix and the wider region. Though the destruction of the the tremor itself was lesser, this earthquake stirred the deeply traumatic memory of the January 12 earthquake that struck Port-au-Prince just eight years ago; that memory reverberated through the nation, binding us together in shared pain and remembrance. And while we are ...

On Climate Change Adaptation: SOIL Research Updates

As the devastating impacts of climate change continue to mount around us, especially in vulnerable frontline communities like the ones SOIL serves in Haiti, we’re more motivated than ever to grow SOIL’s climate-positive sanitation solution, which transforms a public health crisis facing cities around the world into a restorative solution for the planet. Visit this page to learn about how SOIL's regenerative sanitation service mitigates the impacts of climate change. On Adaptation Scientists and land managers have discovered that compost can help mitigate climate change by enhancing the ability of ecosystems to pull carbon dioxide from the ...