To reiterate and spread awareness regarding soil and its gradual degradation with time, the World Soil Day (WSD) is held annually on December 5. On this particular day, the importance of healthy soil and sustainable management of soil resources is being highlighted
Soil degradation is a serious environmental problem which happens due to the decline in soil condition caused by its improper use or poor management, usually for agricultural, industrial or urban purposes. The day highlights how soil is fundamental natural resource and is the basis for all terrestrial life. Avoiding soil degradation is crucial to our well-being.
There are many signs of soil degradation right from erosion to
loss of organic matter to decline in soil fertility. This can be caused by many factors excessive flooding, effects of toxic chemicals and pollutants.
The idea of commemorating the day to the importance of soil was recommended by the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) in 2002. With support from…