The North Fork Environmental Council and Drawdown East End will present “Let’s Talk KISS THE GROUND and the Benefits of  Carbon Capture,” a panel discussion with a question and answer session this Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 6:30 p.m.

The new film “Kiss the Ground” makes the case that “a cure for climate change starts with a simple solution right under our feet.” 

This presentation is being held, in part, to honor the United Nations’ World Soil Day on Dec. 5.

The film, narrated by Woody Harrelson, argues that by regenerating the world’s soils, we can completely and rapidly stabilize Earth’s climate, restore lost ecosystems and create abundant food supplies. The film shows that, by drawing down atmospheric carbon, soil is a missing piece of the climate puzzle.

The panel discussion includes Suffolk County Legislator and Cutchogue farmer Al Krupski; Agricultural Stewardship Specialist Deborah Aller, a Soil Scientist at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County; Phil Barbato of Biophilia Farm in Jamesport, a certified organic farmer and former president of the Northeast Organic Farmers Association; North Fork Environmental Council Vice President Mark Haubner, who also serves on the Drawdown East End Steering Team; and Drawdown East End Co-Founder Mary Morgan.

Together with the North Fork Environmental Council, Drawdown East End is organizing this panel with local experts to discuss the topics touched on in the film, including soil and other ways to safely sequester carbon to stop the climb of greenhouse gases and reverse global warming.

Project Drawdown, an acclaimed leading resource for climate solutions, has identified a suite of natural carbon capture solutions, from land farming to seaweed farming, from planting trees to using compost, which is featured in the film.

Register in advance for this webinar at this link:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

The film is available on Netflix or Vimeo:

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at

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