World Soil Day 2018

 

The United Nations through the Food and Agriculture Organization designated December 5th as the International Day of Soils. This year World Soil Day will be celebrated under the theme, “Be the solution to soil pollution.” This is done in order to focus attention on the importance of soil to the existence of mankind. Soil is the upper part of the earth’s surface; this is where plants are grown to sustain lives. Below this lies the rocks from which soils are made. However, it takes thousands or even millions of years for rocks to be converted into soil but it can be lost within only a few hundred years. This means that every effort must be made to preserve what is available. Soil is made up of two main layers, top soil and sub soil.

The top soil is usually the most fertile part of the soil and normally contains the highest content of organic matter. We often take soil for granted because it is found almost everywhere even under the sea. Though it is always touted that SVG has some of the best soils in the world, this can quickly be erased by soil erosion and pollution.

Soil is very important to the existence of mankind. However, erosion and pollution can quickly degrade our soils. We must continuously practice our soil conservation as well as protecting our soils from pollutants so that we can adequately sustain our ecosystems for generations to come.

Our soil is alive, so we need to treat it with respect like our lives depend on it!

photo of Soil

How will you celebrate World Soil Day?

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