Earth Repair: A Grassroots Guide to Healing Toxic and Damaged Landscapes

Earth Repair: A Grassroots Guide to Healing Toxic and Damaged Landscapes

by Leila Darwish

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Millions of acres of land have been contaminated by pesticides, improperly handled chemicals, dirty energy projects, toxic waste, and other pollutants in the United States alone. This toxic legacy impacts the environment, our health, our watersheds, and land that could otherwise be used to grow healthy local food and medicines. Conventional clean-up techniques employed by government and industry are tremendously expensive and resource-intensive and can cause further damage. More and more communities find themselves increasingly unable to rely on those companies and governments who created the problems to step in and provide solutions.

Earth Repair describes a host of powerful grassroots bioremediation techniques, including:

  • Microbial remediation—using microorganisms to break down and bind contaminants
  • Phytoremediation—using plants to extract, bind, and transform toxins
  • Mycoremediation—using fungi to clean up contaminated soil and water

Packed with valuable, firsthand information from visionaries in the field, Earth Repair empowers communities and individuals to take action and heal contaminated and damaged land. Encompassing everything from remediating and regenerating abandoned city lots for urban farmers and gardeners to recovering from environmental disasters and industrial catastrophes such as oil spills and nuclear fallout, this fertile toolbox is essential reading for anyone who wishes to transform environmental despair into constructive action.

Leila Darwish is a community organizer, urban gardener, and permaculture designer with a focus on using grassroots bioremediation to address environmental justice issues in communities struggling with toxic contamination of their land and drinking water.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781550925296
Publisher: New Society Publishers
Publication date: 05/31/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Leila Darwish is a community organizer and permaculturalist with a BSc in Environmental Conservation Sciences. Most of her grassroots organizing has centered on environmental justice issues in communities struggling with either the threat of or the enduring legacy of toxic contamination of their land and drinking water. Her focus on grassroots bioremediation stems from a deep commitment to justice and the passionate desire to empower people by providing them with simple, practical, transformative, and accessible tools for regenerative earth repair.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 – Introduction/Earth Repair Manifesto
Who this book is for? What this book is based on? What is an Earth Repair Responder? Earth Repair Manifesto!
Chapter 2- Environmental Justice 101 –brief introduction to environmental justice, threats to community and environmental health
Chapter 3- The Not So Good Neighbour - When industry comes knocking on your door, and what they leave behind. Chemicals and Toxins you need to know about and their impacts on ecological and human health.
Chapter 4- Conventional/Industrial Remediation Techniques - Brief explanation of different ways industry and government handles spills, contaminated soil, etc (landfills, land farming, drilling wells, off gasing, etc). What is needed for this, when is it needed, who has it, and why it isn’t always accessible to communities, where it falls short.
Chapter 5 - Permaculture Earth Repair – brief introduction to permaculture earth repair ethics, techniques, working with planetary allies.
Chapter 6- Bio Remediation - introduction to bio-remediation, what it is, when it works, how to do it, site considerations, compost tea recipes, community success stories.
Chapter 7 - Phyto Remediation - introduction to phyto-remediation, what it is, when it works, how to do it, site considerations, list of hyper accumulator plants, community success stories.
Chapter 8 - Myco Remediation - introduction to myco-remediation, what it is, when it works, how to do it, site considerations, list of hyper accumulator, filtration, and medicinal mushrooms, community success stories.
Chapter 9 - Surface and Groundwater – restoring rivers, lakes, streams, and the hydrologic cycle
Chapter 10- Getting Down and Dirty - Contaminated Site Prep 101, Getting started (site questions, considerations, materials needed, precautions, timeframe, social capital and grassroots organizing)
Chapter 11- From Brownfield to Food Forest – reclaiming and regenerating toxic and sterile places to fertile and healthy spaces. Lead in Soils (urban agriculture) and how to remediate. Community Success Stories.
Chapter 12- Oil Spills: Anatomy of an environmental disaster - What happens in an oil spill, river vs ocean vs land, and how does industry and government respond. How to organize a grassroots response to an oil spill using myco and bio remediation, making your own booms, taking care of yourself and other earth repair responders (physical and emotional health + dealing with trauma), healing wildlife, community success stories, etc.
Chapter 13- Building the infrastructure and training to be able to respond to environmental disasters in your community (what you need to start setting up now, getting folks trained in, and creating linkages/building bridges with key players)
Chapter 14- Prevention is the best medicine – Resistance is Fertile! What we can’t clean up and when we’ve got to stand up (the projects that cannot go ahead!) , Community Organizing 101 , Direct Action 101, Community success stories.
Chapter 15- Conclusion – As we Heal the Earth, We Heal Ourselves – final inspiration for the way forward towards healing, regeneration and right relation.
Glossary of terms
Good Websites, Books, and Training Opportunities for Earth First Responders
Earth Repair Check List(s)

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