Have you ever wondered how dirt came into being or how extremely important it is in our lives? We just walk on it all the time and take it for granted most of the time until you try to grow vegetables or grass. Have you ever wondered what our Earth would look like if there were no such living beings called decomposers such as insects, worms, fungi, bacteria breaking things down into dirt? There are “more decomposers in a spoonful of dirt than there are people on Earth.” This is from a kid’s book called Do It Yourself Composting by Buffy Silverman.
I just finished watching Dirt! The Movie and I stand in awe of dirt–something I never really thought about before. Dirt! The Movie is an excellent documentary about soil and how important and valuable it is. It shows how we are destroying dirt all over the world in different ways.
Jamie Lee Curtis is the narrator and introduces the movie by saying, “of all the planets, in all the galaxies of the known universe only one is covered by a living breathing skin called dirt.” Several experts and visionaries offer their thoughts in the introduction. The movie is adapted from Bill Logan’s essays which are published in “Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth”. He is one of the guests in the movie saying that one reason he wrote a book about dirt was largely because everywhere he went in New York people didn’t seem to believe in dirt or didn’t seem to believe that nature existed at all.
I highly recommend watching this video. You can buy Dirt! The Movie from Amazon, watch it on Hulu for free or maybe your local library has it. Neflix has it on streaming video which is where I watched it. Happy New Year to all!