Beneath our feet lies a crucial element for life on Earth—soil, a bustling ecosystem that performs unimaginable feats like nourishing us, decomposing matter, and preventing floods. Taking small actions can ensure the thriving health of the soil around us.

The 5th of December marks World Soil Day, a United Nations initiative to spotlight the significance of soil care. It extends beyond mere dirt; it holds profound importance. While some may feel unaffected as non-farmers, the truth is, soil depletion impacts more than just farms.

The survival of our planet hinges on the intricate link between soil and water. Over 95 percent of our food originates from these vital resources. Climate change and human activities degrade our soils, intensifying pressure on water resources. Erosion disrupts the natural balance, reducing water availability and infiltration.

Sustainable soil management practices, such as minimum tillage, crop rotation, and organic matter addition, are crucial. They enhance soil health, reduce erosion, and contribute to carbon sequestration, playing a vital role in combating climate change.

World Soil Day 2023 (WSD) aims to raise awareness of the relationship between soil and water in building sustainable agrifood systems. It serves as a global platform to celebrate soils and engage citizens in improving soil health.

As an everyday person, you can celebrate Soil Day and contribute positively. Here are a few ideas:

  1. Read more about the importance of soil.
  2. Start a compost pile—YouTube has tutorials to guide you.
  3. Sign up for a composting service like Ladles of Love’s bokashi swap.
  4. Join a composting Facebook group, such as Composting SA.
  5. Research and implement a bokashi system at home.
  6. Purchase compost to enrich your garden beds.
  7. Watch the documentary “Kiss the Ground,” available on Netflix or free for schools.

These actions can kickstart efforts to enhance the soil in your immediate surroundings. Excited to begin? Share your endeavors in the comments below.


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