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HIGHLIGHTS:

  • World Soil Day is celebrated throughout the world to imbibe the sense of awareness among the people for protecting the soil
  • This day focuses on the norm of soil conservation and how it is important for sustainable living
  • The World Soil Day theme for 2020 is presented by Food and Agriculture Organizations (FAO)- “Keep soil alive, protect soil biodiversity”

Every year December 5 is recognised as the World Soil Day. This day is particularly celebrated to raise awareness about the depletion of the topsoil and degradation of its quality. Soil which is referred to as skin of the Earth is a fertile mixture of rocks, minerals, water, organic matters, and water that nurtures the live -saver and oxygen producer of the world- the trees.

On December 2013 the UN General Assembly decided this date be recognized as World Soil Day to promote sustainable management of soil resources. This day was celebrated because the main advocate of this initiative-H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej, King of Thailand, had his birthday on 5th December.

World Soil Day was first celebrated on December 5 2014 and since then this day is regarded as one of the crucial days for preaching sustainability. Soil is an important part of the world biodiversity as it parents the trees which are the primary sources of our lives. Life is possible in Earth, and one of the key reason for that is the biogeochemical process that the soil biodiversity nourishes.

The theme for World Soil Day 2020 is “Keep soil alive, protect soil biodiversity” and it is represented by Food and Agriculture Organizations due to the concerning increase in challenges of soil management. This campaign will function to preach the importance of engaging in proactive works improving soil health and fight soil biodiversity loss. These actions are must to prevent a threat to global food supplies and food safety.

More than 1/4th of our planet’s biodiversity lives in the soil and we are only aware of 1% of that. It is said that a teaspoon of healthy soil consists more living organisms than people on the Earth. Activities like supporting plant growth, storing carbon and being a vast reservoir for pharmaceuticals are carried out by soil organisms.

Thus, immediate actions are called for across the world to prevent unsustainable management of soil. This 6th World Soil Day, let us all reunite for the sake of mother nature and nourish the component which has nourished us.

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