The dirt beneath our feet.

A film about dirt that opens eyes!


I have mentioned the website of the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia before.  It’s a fabulous resource for many aspects of moving towards a more sustainable lifestyle, and not just for Australians.

A few days ago, their regular posting included a link to this:

Dirt: The Movie

DIRT! The Movie — directed and produced by Bill Benenson and Gene Rosow — takes you inside the wonders of the soil. It tells the story of Earth’s most valuable and underappreciated source of fertility — from its miraculous beginning to its crippling degradation. The opening scenes of the film dive into the wonderment of the soil. Made from the same elements as the stars, plants and animals, and us, “dirt is very much alive.” Though, in modern industrial pursuits and clamor for both profit and natural resources, our human connection to and respect for soil has been disrupted. “Drought, climate change, even war are all directly related to the way we are treating dirt.”

DIRT! the Movie — narrated by Jaime Lee Curtis — brings to life the environmental, economic, social and political impact that the soil has. It shares the stories of experts from all over the world who study and are able to harness the beauty and power of a respectful and mutually beneficial relationship with soil.

DIRT! the Movie is simply a movie about dirt. The real change lies in our notion of what dirt is. The movie teaches us: “When humans arrived 2 million years ago, everything changed for dirt. And from that moment on, the fate of dirt and humans has been intimately linked.” But more than the film and the lessons that it teaches, DIRT the Movie is a call to action.

Here’s the trailer to the film.

And here’s the movie’s website.

The link to the film on the PRI Australia’s website is here: Dirt: The Movie.

So plan on sitting down somewhere and enjoying a full-length film about dirt.  It will hold you spellbound.

To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul.  Alfred Austin

11 thoughts on “The dirt beneath our feet.

  1. Good dirt is not obvious. As the sea rises and the climate heats up, in the global HEATING phenomenon, people, rather aghast, will find out that good dirt is in increasing in short supply. Caked by the sun in the south, it will be found that the north, or high altitude, is not arable, having no suitable dirt. Glaciers leave behind rocks, and permafrost, nothing really definable, as it exudes water, methane, CO2, and other rotting occurences…


    1. Thanks Patrice. Like so many things in life, 20:20 hindsight offers such brilliant clarity!

      Sorry that I have been keeping my head down in recent times – the challenges in not having a bridge continue to distract us!

      Trust all is well at your end. Paul


      1. dear Paul: Bridges to nowhere still fiercely built here, so everything is all right! I am going to relax with a short summary of Quantum Physics.

        Build a serious bridge, no expense spared, because much fiercer floods are ahead! The greenhouse augments the energy in atmosphere, and the moisture content. That storm was bad, but much worse could have been.

        You should have a look at my Rice the Lice essay, I think it tells volume, and it has strong ecological consequences…


  2. Soil is just highly weathered rock and – lin common with everything else on this planet – everything it contains (with an atomic weight greater than iron) was forged in the heat of supernovae…

    As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust. As for man, his days are like grass, he flourishes like a flower of the field… (Psalm 103: 13-15)


    1. There speaks the voice of a scientist/pragmatist! But probably not the voice of someone who has watched the film. That ‘highly weathered rock’ is the key to man’s survival methinks. Paul


      1. Guilty as charged. However, me thinks the same as you; so let’s hope we don’t allow it all to blow away…


      2. I will need to add it to the list of films I need to see but Age of Stupid – as repeatedly endorsed by pendantry – is in front of Dirt


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