World Soil Day 2023 is on Monday, December 5, 2023. The UN General Assembly declared this day on December 5, 2014. This day urges the world to preserve the soil for better and sufficient food provision to the upcoming generations.
Theme of World Soil Day
“Soils: Where food begins “ is the theme of World Soil Day 2023. It means that it is the soil from where we get food. In other words, the soil is the beginner of everything. The theme aims to raise awareness of the importance of soil, maintaining healthy ecosystems, and human well-being by addressing the growth challenges in soil management and encouraging societies to improve soil health.
Background of the Day
In 2002, the International Union of Soil Sciences recommended creating an international day to celebrate and generate soil awareness. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United States supported the formal establishment of World Soil Day. The idea was to create a platform to raise global awareness of the importance of healthy soil. In 2013, the FAO Conference endorsed the day and requested its official adoption at the 68th U.N. General Assembly. In 2014, the U.N. General Assembly designated December 5 as the first official Soil Day worldwide. Since then, the day has supported sustainable soil management resources.
Whose birthday is celebrated on World Soil Day and why?
People celebrate the day on the official birthday of the late King of Thailand, HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej because he officially sanctioned the event. It honors his memory and respects his incredible efforts to make the day a reality.
Why do we celebrate the day?
We celebrate the day to advocate for the sustainable management of soil resources and focus on the importance of healthy soil. People use the day to inform and inspire. It reminds us to appreciate this incredible natural resource, the anchor of ecosystems and the source of our food.
How to Celebrate World Soil Day?
The day’s purpose is to generate awareness about the importance of the soil and stop people from damaging the planet due to ignorance. So, the best way to celebrate this day is to educate ourselves and then deliver that knowledge to others to fulfil the aim of the day.
Celebrate the day at home, school, home, or community. Start some small experiments with composting to witness the fantastic properties of soil firsthand.
Visit your community garden
You can visit your nearby garden to see the role of soil in the growing plants and the land’s beauty. Watch how beautifully the plant’s roots are filled with the soil.
Celebration with younger children
You can celebrate the day with the students and children who are the future of the world. Educate them about the importance of soil. Do experiments showing the worth of soil.
Importance of World Soil Day?
Brings like-minded people together
The day connects people who are passionate about conservation. It’s a fantastic way to discover non-profits, businesses, and people doing stellar work.
This day is the primary source of raising awareness in people about the importance of soil.
Leads to thinking
This day leads us to think about the improvement of the soil and work for its betterment.
A source of gardening
Working with the soil is always therapeutic, and it is a perfect opportunity to work in your garden daily.
Best Slogans of the Day
- “We need good and healthy soil for a better life.”
- “Let us save soil before it is too late.”
- “Don’t be a dirt bag, protect soil resources.”
- “Together we can save soil and also life.”
- “Soil needs our attention, and we need to wake up.”
- “It’s more valuable than oil. It’s our soil!”
- “We need good and healthy soil for a better life.”
- “If you spoil the land, where you will crop.”
- “Saving soil is about saving our planet.”
- “If you want to have food, conserve the soil dude!”
- “Let us not ignore the problems our soil is facing.”
- “Fertile land is one of the beauties of nature, don’t pollute it.”
- “Be Loyal to The Soil.”
Some Facts About Soil
- Only about 7.5% of the Earth’s surface provides the agricultural soil on which we depend for the world’s food supply. This fragment competes, sometimes unsuccessfully, with all other needs: housing, cities, schools, hospitals, landfills, etc.
- 95% of our food comes from the soil.
- The average of degraded soil is 33%.
- Soils supply 15 of the 18 naturally occurring chemical elements essential to plants.
- It takes more than 1,000 years to grow 0,4 inches of soil.
- Agricultural production will have to increase by 60% to meet the global food demand in 2050.
- Sustainable soil management could produce up to 58% more food.
- Clayey soil is very fertile and has a high amount of humus, as humus can easily mix with clay.
- Earth is 4.54 billion years old.
Quotes of the Day
- Justin Isherwood said, “Plowed ground smells of earthworms and empires.”
- Homer, Odyssey quoted, “I would rather be tied to the soil as a serf … Than be king of all these dead and destroyed.”
- Maps are a way of organizing wonder.” » Peter
- Aldo Leopold quoted, “Land, then, is not merely soil; it is a fountain of energy flowing through a circuit of soils, plants, and animals.”
- Ray Daniels said, “Landscapes evolve steadily by jerks.”
- Benjamin Franklin said, “A Man of Knowledge like a rich Soil, feeds If not a world of Corn, a world of Weeds.”
- While the farmer holds the title to the land, actually it belongs to all the people because civilization itself rests upon the soil. – (Thomas Jefferson)
Wishes of the Day
- Do good and contribute towards saving our planet by stopping soil pollution. Happy World Soil Day!
- Soil is where life begins. Soil is where food begins. Keep it safe. Happy World Soil Day!
- Protect our environment, stop soil pollution, and take steps to protect our soil. Happy World Soil Day!
- Soil matters. Remember on this occasion of World Soil Day that there is no life on earth without soil. So, protect and save it.
- A single spoon of the soil has millions of living organisms in it. Save their lives and protect the soil.
- Let us stand together on this World Soil Day and pledge to strengthen our resolve to make our soil healthier and safer. Happy World Soil Day!