December 5th is celebrated as World Soil Day
The theme of 2020: “Keep soil alive, protect soil biodiversity”
A brief note on the theme
- It aims to raise awareness of the importance of sustaining healthy ecosystems and human well-being.
- By encouraging people around the world to engage in proactively improving soil health, the campaign also aims to fight soil biodiversity loss
- World Soil Day (WSD) is held annually on 5 December as a means to focus attention on the importance of healthy soil and to advocate for the sustainable management of soil resources.
- An international day to celebrate Soil was recommended by the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) in 2002.
- The date of 5 December for WSD was chosen because it corresponds with the official birthday of H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the King of Thailand, who officially sanctioned the event.
- Under the leadership of the Kingdom of Thailand and within the framework of the Global Soil Partnership, the Food and Agriculture Organisation(FAO) has supported the formal establishment of WSD as a global awareness-raising platform.
- The FAO Conference unanimously endorsed World Soil Day in June 2013 and requested its official adoption at the 68th UN General Assembly.
- In December 2013, the UN General Assembly responded by designating 5 December 2014 as the first official World Soil Day.