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  • Skin of the Earth

    It might be easy to dismiss the earth beneath our feet as just so much dirt. But without it humankind would not exist.

    As former US president Franklin D Roosevelt once said:

    “The nation that destroys its soil destroys itself.”

    He was speaking in the 1930s after years of severe drought and relentless winds turned states across America into the ‘dust bowl’. The notorious disaster wiped out crops and livestock and forced countless families across America to abandon their farms.