World Soil Day (WSD), 5 December is the United Nations Observance that celebrates healthy soils for a food-secure future. This years’ campaign “Keep soil alive, Protect soil biodiversity” urges us to focus our attention on the workers belowground – from tiny bacteria to agile millipedes and slimy earthworms – all of which contribute to processes that are indispensable to life on Earth.
Click on the image below to watch the video “Why soil is one of the most amazing things on Earth“
These days biodiversity loss is a worry – and soil is also affected. Soil is home to more than 1/4 of our planet’s biodiversity. Yet, we only know 1% of this universe. There are more living creatures in a single teaspoon of healthy soil than there are people on Earth. Soil organisms are responsible for many critical ecosystem processes, on which humans depend: from supporting plant growth, to storing carbon and being a vast reservoir for pharmaceuticals. But soil biodiversity is under pressure! Unsustainable soil management affects life belowground. Take action to protect soil biodiversity by digging in with us!
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3 thoughts on “Soil is Alive! [Visual + Video]”
Great infographic! Yes, soil is so so important at the moment – and a key reason why we must be careful not to industrialize all of our farmland.
deforestation, use of pesticides, pollution… soil is so important and yet it’s been exploited until it gives no more
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