World Soil Day 2021: Know The Date, Aim, Theme, Significance And History, Quotes

To mark the importance of World Soil Day, the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization has stated 5 reasons "why do we need to cherish the ground beneath our feet".

World Soil Day 2021

World Soil Day is commemorated on December 5 annually. Its aim is at spreading awareness about the importance of soil. The poor condition of soil leads to degradation, which is a grave environmental issue globally. The day encourages people all around the world to come together and think of sustainable ways to manage soil resources. The date of December 5 was chosen because it coincides with the birthday of Thailand's King, HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who formally sanctioned the event.

Aim of the World Soil Day 2021

The aim of this day is to stop soil salinization, boost soil productivity and raise awareness regarding the challenges faced in soil management and solving the soil salinization problem. The campaign's aim is to improve soil health.

History of World Soil Day

In 2002, the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) proposed a global day to give honour to the soil. The idea was to raise awareness on soil degradation, its effects, and how to prevent it.

The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) backed the cause and the establishment of World Soil Day under the leadership of the king of Thailand and the framework of the Global Soil Partnership.

In 2013, the United Nations General Assembly declared December 5, 2014, to be the first official World Soil Day.

What is the Theme of World Soil Day 2021?

“Halt soil salinization, enhance soil production” is the theme for World Soil Day 2021. Its goal is to promote awareness of the importance of healthy ecosystems by tackling issues related to soil management and soil salinisation, which causes erosion, leading to poor agricultural yields in a particular region.

What is the significance of World Soil Day?

To sketch the importance of World Soil Day, the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization, on its official Twitter handle, stated 5 reasons “why we need to cherish the ground beneath our feet”.

World Soil Day is commemorated to raise awareness about the importance of healthy soil and to advocate for the long-term management of soil resources. The day aims at bringing everyone's attention to these issues.

Quotes on World Soil Day 2021

“To see a world in a grain of sand and a heaven in a wildflower.” --- William Blake, Auguries of Innocence

“Each soil has had its own history. Like a river, a mountain, a forest, or any natural thing, its present condition is due to the influences of many things and events of the past.” --- Charles Kellogg, The Soils That Support Us

“The soil is the great connector of our lives, the source and destination of everything.” --- Wendell Berry, The Unsettling of America, 1977

“We must come to understand our past, our history, in terms of the soil and water and forests and grasses that have made it what it is.” ---- William Vogt, Road to Survival

“I would rather be tied to the soil as a serf ... than be king of all these dead and destroyed.” --- Homer, Odyssey

“We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.” --- Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac

“Essentially, all life depends upon the soil ... There can be no life without soil and no soil without life; they have evolved together.” --- Charles E. Kellogg

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