December 4th is designated as World Soils Day by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations!
A quote about World Soils Day from the FAO,
“Soils have been neglected for too long. We fail to connect soil with our food, water, climate, biodiversity and life. We must invert this tendency and take up some preserving and restoring actions. The World Soil Day campaign aims to connect people with soils and raise awareness on their critical importance in our lives.”
In honor the FAO will be celebrating at their headquarters in Rome as well as in their regional offices throughout the world!
The theme this year is, “Soils a solid ground for life.”
This theme is to represent the often forgotten fact that every organism on Earth depends on our soils for life. This includes you! From the food we eat to the ground we live and build our houses on, soils are the foundation for our lives. Because the ecosystem services soils provide such as clean water, nutrient cycles and decomposition are often overlooked, people forget how valuable soils truly are. We often take soil for granted and because of this, degrade our soils with overgrazing and poor agricultural practices.
So in honor of World Soils Day take a minute, before you eat your lunch or dinner, to think of where your food came from and thank soils for all they do.
If your looking for more ways to celebrate, the FAO will be holding events all over the globe as an opportunity to come out, have fun and learn about soils!
The closest celebration in our neck of the woods is going to be held at the Institute of Environmental Sustainability, Loyola University Chicago by Dr. Bala Chaudhary.
Follow this link to see more information and the full event list: http://www.fao.org/globalsoilpartnership/world-soil-day/events/en/
Here is a final factoid from the FAO, Enjoy your Friday soil lovers!
“Did you know? Soil is the basis for food, feed, fuel and fibre production and for services to ecosystems and human well-being. It is the reservoir for at least a quarter of global biodiversity, and therefore requires the same attention as above-ground biodiversity. Soils play a key role in the supply of clean water and resilience to floods and droughts. The largest store of terrestrial carbon is in the soil so that its preservation may contribute to climate change adaptation and mitigation. The maintenance or enhancement of global soil resources is essential if humanity’s need for food, water, and energy security is to be met.”