"LOESS places soil health at the center of interest to take care of the planet and its inhabitants"
Soil an indispensable ally for climate change mitigation and adaptation
Soil hosts more that 25% of all biodiversity on the planet and is the foundation of our food chains and above ground biodiversity, it feeds and filters drinking water reserves. Healthy soils are also the largest terrestrial carbon pool on the planet which together with their sponge-like function to absorb water and reduce the risk of flooding and drought, makes soil an indispensable ally for climate change mitigation and adaptation.
To value soils, people need more than scientific information
People need to understand how healthy soils impact their lives. For that, it is important to involve all strata of the European population. It is crucial to start from people’s existing practices, values, and concerns in order to build increased awareness, understanding, and engagement. All in all, we must improve soil literacy.
To reach this aim, LOESS will map, connect, and engage with multiple actors to provide an overview of the current level of soil related knowledge in different educational levels and to develop teaching programmes and materials. LOESS will co-create and test pedagogical techniques to encourage effective knowledge flows and discourse between educators and learners and between different knowledge systems (scientific, political, individual local and collective cultural knowledge).
20 partners in 16 different countries
There are 20 partners in 16 different countries, as LOESS includes regions from different geographical areas and will address regional and local soil health challenges and create tools suitable for successful communication on local issues. LOES will use easy language, barrier-free technology, hands-on activities, workshops, teaching modules to ensure content will be widely accessible.