World Soil Day

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2022 Date5 December 2022
2023 Date5 December 2023
World Soil Day

World Soil Day History

World Soil Day seeks to raise awareness about soil and the problems affecting it such as erosion and pollution. This day aims to promote the sustainable management of soil resources in order to ensure healthy ecosystems. It encourages people to help preserve global food supplies and food safety by improving soil health and preventing the loss of soil biodiversity.

World Soil Day was established in 2014 by the U.N General Assembly. It is observed annually on December 5th.

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World Soil Day Facts

  • The theme for World Soil Day in 2021 was Halt soil salinization, boost soil productivity.
  • Soil is a resource that is home to more than 25% of the Earth's biodiversity and life.
  • According to the U.N, an estimated 90% of organisms live or spend part of their life cycle in soil.

World Soil Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Practice soil conservation and preservation in your community by using mulch in your lawn. You can also plant cover crops which will help manage soil erosion and preserve soil quality.
  • Help promote and raise awareness about World Soil Day. The Food and Agriculture Organization site has posters and Materials that can aid in the campaign to highlight the importance of soil.
  • Watch a film or documentary on soil conservation and preservation. Here are our suggestions:
    Kiss the Ground (2020)
    Living Soil (2018)
    Dirt! The Movie (2009)

World Soil Day References and Related Sites

UN: Soil Day
eschooltoday.com: Why Soil is Important

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