World Soil Day is celebrated annually on December 5 to increase public awareness of the importance of healthy soil and to encourage the sustainable management of soil resources. The International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) issued a resolution in 2002 proposing that 5 December be recognized as World Soil Day in order to acknowledge the significance of soil as a fundamental component of the natural system and as a critical contributor to human well-being.
The date of December 5 was chosen since it was the birthday of the late H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej, King of Thailand, who was one of the major supporters of this initiative. The FAO Conference in June 2013 decisively endorsed World Soil Day, and the 68th UN General Assembly was asked to formally adopt it. In December 2013, the 68th UN General Assembly declared December 5 to be “World Soil Day.”
The theme of World Soil Day 2023
World Soil Day in 2022 will have the theme “Soils: where Food Begins.” It emphasizes how important it is to protect both ecological health and human welfare. The topic aims to increase awareness of soil challenges, bring attention to the growing changes in soil management, and inspire people to take action to improve soil health.
Several factors make World Soil Day a crucial tool for advocacy, including the following:
1) The UN asserts that soil management is essential since there are more living creatures in a tablespoon of soil than there are people on Earth.
2) 33% of soils, according to the UN, have already degraded. In order to secure global food security, soil replenishment is crucial since 95% of all food comes from soils, which are stressed by the expanding population.
3) The UN projects that in order to meet the expected global food demand, which peaked at 8 billion people last month, agricultural production would need to increase by 60% by 2050. Given that soils provide 15 of the 18 naturally occurring chemicals that plants need to survive, sustainable management of soil resources is essential in this respect.
4) According to a UN study, with proper soil management, healthy ecosystems might generate up to 58 percent more food.
Ideas for observing World Soil Day
In your community, at school, or at home, commemorate World Soil Day. Composting is a quick task that can help you begin to appreciate soil’s extraordinary properties.
The day was intended to increase public awareness of the unintended environmental harm that people commit. Since ignorance is mostly to a fault, the only way to counteract this is to educate ourselves and others around us.
Go to a community garden
You could have a lasting bond with dirt if you constantly engage with it. Visit a community garden with your family. Plant both literal and symbolic seeds and watch them grow.
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