First World Soil Day
On December 5th, the first official celebration and the launch of the International Year of Soil take splice.
Soil, together with water, is the basis for food, feed, fuel and fibre production and for services to ecosystems and human well-being. The achievement of food security and nutrition, climate change adaptation and mitigation and overall sustainable development greatly depends on the condition of soils at local and global levels. A healthy life is not possible without healthy soils.
Soil is the reservoir for at least a quarter of global biodiversity, and therefore requires the same attention as above-ground biodiversity. It also plays a key role in the supply of clean water and resilience to floods and droughts. And 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.