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5 December: World Soil Day

Updated: Dec 7, 2023

In 2014, the United Nations designated King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand's birthday on December 5th as the annual World Soil Day, and the year 2015 as the International Year of Soils. World Soil Day is held annually on 5 December as a means to focus attention on the importance of healthy soil and advocating for the sustainable management of soil resources.

Each year the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) encourages youth and adults around the world to participate in a challenge to care for the soil.on this day, the King Bhumibol World Soil Day Award (WSDA) is given to the individual or organization that has come up with the best soil day activity or campaign. The Glinka World Soil Prize is another award given out each year. This one goes to an individual who is dedicated to solving the world’s soil degradation problem.

How to Participate in World Soil Day 2023?

Taking part in World Soil Day offers a chance to educate oneself on the significance of sustainable practices and soil protection. Here are some methods to participate:

  • Find out how protecting the soil may affect biodiversity, climate change, and food security. Tell others about this information.

  • Organize conferences, seminars, or workshops that highlight sustainable farming methods and soil health.

  • Take part in neighborhood tree-planting or soil restoration initiatives to enhance soil quality and reduce erosion.

  • Encourage laws and methods that preserve natural ecosystems, lessen soil erosion, and advance sustainable farming.

  • Employ soil-healthy organic farming techniques like mulching and composting.

  • Distribute information about World Soil Day and its significance using social media and other channels. Motivate other people to act.

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