Carbon Underground – How soil can help us tackle climate change


Monday 30.10.2017, 13:15 - 16:00
Juhlasali (310), 3rd floor, The University of Helsinki Language Centre, Fabianinkatu 26, Helsinki

--- The seminar will be recorded. The recordings will be available for viewing via this site after the event. ---

Soil’s ability to capture carbon offers an important opportunity for us to transform to a healthy planet, with healthy food. To regenerate soil and capture carbon through agriculture requires good science, collaboration and communication of new knowledge. What does the future look like with the carbon underground? And how do we get there? What are the benefits of healthy soil?

World renowned carbon to soil experts Larry Kopald and David Johnson will present key insights based on their research, with commentators reflecting on different perspectives and further discussion will engage in this issue. The event is organised in collaboration with FORI Finnish Organic Research Institute, Forum For Environmental Information and the Finland Futures Research Centre’s BioEcoJust project.

Keynote speakers

Larry Kopald – The Carbon Underground

Larry is the founder of the Carbon Underground initiative, aiming at finding new means to combat climate change through regenerative agriculture. He made the environmental communications for the UN and the Olympics, and his work for the Earth Communications Office was seen in over 100 countries by over a billion people. A lifelong environmentalist he has served on several influential NGO boards like Greenpeace, Oceana, the National Marine Sanctuaries, and 1% For The Planet. He has been communications and branding professional for over twenty-five years, working at some of the world’s top advertising agencies. He has overseen the advertising for brands ranging from Patagonia to Honda. Larry has been nominated for both Emmy and Grammy awards.

David Johnson, PhD – New Mexico State University, USA

David is a molecular biologist specialising in soil microbiology at New Mexico State University. He works as a research scientist at WERC, a consortium for environmental education and technology development housed in the College of Engineering, and he does research for the Institute of Sustainable Agricultural Research at NMSU. Johnson has developed the innovative BEAM system, where experiments reveal the relationship between improving fungal–bacterial ratios in soils and increasing the ability to capture, store and retain atmospheric C02 as new soil carbon.


  • Saara Kankaanrinta, Chair of Baltic Sea Action Group, Co-Founder of Soilfood Ltd
  • Kristiina Regina, Professor, Natural Resources Institute Finland
  • Johanna Muurinen, PhD Student, University of Helsinki

The event will be chaired by Prof. Markku Wilenius from the Finland Futures Research Centre, University of Turku.

The event will be organized in connection with the morning session Luomutuotanto ja tulevaisuuden kestävä ruokajärjestelmä (in Finnish)

Please register here to the event by 23rd October!

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