December 5th is World Soil Day! We celebrate this day annually to raise awareness about the importance of healthy soil and advocate for the sustainable management of soil resources.
"Soil salinization and sodification are major soil degradation processes threatening ecosystem and are recognized as being among the most important problems at a global level for agricultural production, food security and sustainability in arid and semi-arid regions. World Soil Day 2021 (#WorldSoilDay) and its campaign 'Halt soil salinization, boost soil productivity' aims to raise awareness of the importance of maintaining healthy ecosystems and human well-being by addressing the growing challenges in soil management, fighting soil salinization, increasing soil awareness and encouraging societies to improve soil health." (source)
What can you do to help?
- Educate Yourself: the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization has an abundance of resources to learn more about soil salinization and sodification that you can find here. The first step is always to get informed!
- Raise Awareness: Share your knowledge with others to spread awareness about the harmful impacts of soil salinization and sodification. Even having a conversation with a friend or family member helps!
- Support Sustainable: Support sustainable organizations, practices, and policies around soil management based on scientific evidence.