“A Man of Knowledge like a rich Soil feeds If not a world of Corn, a world of Weeds.” -
World Soil Day (WSD) is held annually on 5 December as a means to focus attention on the importance of healthy soil and to advocate for the sustainable management of soil resources.
An International day to celebrate soil was recommended by the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) in 2002. Under the leadership of the Kingdom of Thailand and within the framework of the Global Soil Partnership, FAO has supported the formal establishment of WSD as a global awareness raising platform. The FAO Conference unanimously endorsed World Soil Day in June 2013 and requested its official adoption at the 68th UN General Assembly. In December 2013, the UN General Assembly responded by designating 5 December 2014 as the first official World Soil Day.
Soil is important for life on Earth. Because soil holds water and nutrients, it is an ideal place for plants to grow. Soil holds the roots, and lets plants stand above the ground to collect the light they need to live.
Soil performs four major functions:
It provides habitat for fungi, bacteria, insects, burrowing mammals and other organisms.
It recycles raw materials and filters water.
It provides the foundation for engineering projects such as buildings, roads and bridges;
The plants that are grown in soil can be used for food, clothing, recreation, aesthetics, building materials, medicines, etc.
Soil has vital nutrients for plants.
Soil is an important part of the building process.
Clay soil is used in making pottery.
Soil is used in wastewater treatment plants.
The theme for world soil day 2021 is 'Halt soil salinization, boost soil productivity. Its motive is to raise awareness about maintaining healthy ecosystems and our well-being, by pointing out the dangers of soil salinity.
To memorise this day, Our little Gajerians did many interesting activities like planting, drawing, slogan and sang the poetry related to the Soil Day. Our learners enjoyed outdoor study also and they played with the soil .They became aware about the importance of soil. Learners gained new skills and had fun, play and develop self-confidence.