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Kiss The Ground Documentary Review

Actor Woody Harrelson narrated the documentary "Kiss the Ground," an optimistic and persuasive plan to combat climate change. The film streaming on Netflix has made a case for healing our Earth from the current climate crisis, stating that carbon's capacity could be the primary source for reversing climate change. The film started with explaining how tilling and pesticides, and nitrogen have led to our damaged environment and soil erosion. The Earth has lost 1/3 of its topsoil-top layer of soil that provides mineral particles, organic matter, water, and air-and the remainder will only last for the next 60 years. The filmmaker had found a way to restore degraded lands through farming. The chemicals sprayed on plants make their way to our food, affecting newborns who are breastfed and negatively impacting children's nervous system, manifesting itself through Attention Deficit Disorder issues. These chemicals can also kill microbes inside your body and create chronic stress. Industrial agriculture doesn't only affect the soil but also contributes to climate change. Bio sequestration is a way we can reverse global warming if we continue doing it for 30 years. Bio sequestration uses plants, trees, perennials, and grazing techniques to capture the carbon from soil and retain for decades or centuries.

I'm not a particular fan of documentaries, but when I started watching "Kiss the Ground," I was fascinated by how people worldwide are naturally combatting climate change without using any chemicals. The film opened my eyes to an unorthodox way of helping our Earth heal. I enjoyed learning about people who are so passionate about reversing climate change. I learned a lot from the people featured in the film with different careers to address the climate change crisis. An important take-away was that farmers aren't the only ones who care about using soil—for example, featured with Ian Somerhalder in the film because of his passion for protecting the environment.

However, I think there's much false hope in the documentary because it's hard to get everyone worldwide to stop tilling and using pesticides. In the documentary, many farmers recently became informed by how soil affects the climate. If the farmers didn't know the impact of soil on the environment, how can we convince the entire world to start working with soil, right? I think the documentary makes me a better climate advocate because it informed me about the changes we can make in the world, such as bio sequestration. The film gave me new knowledge about climate change, and with this knowledge, I can inform more people. The film opened my eyes to the fact that climate change is not only caused by toxic chemicals from factories and buildings that release into the air. I learned that soil plays a big part due to the carbon that comes from it.

This film makes me want to help more and warn people about what may happen in the next 30-60 years? Are people going to finally wake up and realize that our future kids, grandkids might not have a planet to live? We are not making enough effort to help the Earth and Mother Nature heal.

-Nada Kaawach

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