The world soil day is celebrated on the 5th of December every year. It is one of the days proclaimed by the United Nations. The day aims to raise awareness on how soil is important for life on earth. The day highlights the importance of soil in our everyday life and how it contributes to the well being of the living things on this planet, Earth. The day was first celebrated in 2012. The date 5th December was chosen because it is the birthday of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the person who sanctioned this event. The soil is an important aspect of our everyday life. It provides us with food and nutrients that we need to stay healthy. It maintains our ecosystem and gives home to millions of living things. The erosion of soil is due to deforestation and poor farming. The use of harsh fertilizers damages the soil and kills the healthy nutrients that are in it, making it useless and even harmful to the creatures living in it. Much of the land is now used for housing while the rest is used for agriculture. If we do not protect the soil we might soon need an alternative source of food because the damaged soil isn’t going to be able to produce the high-quality food that we need.
How to observe it?
The day is observed by educating the farmers on using the right kind of fertilizers and by telling the uses and importance of soil in our life. The day is also promoted through social media.