It’s April and time to think about soil… 2015 International Year of Soils
Did you know that the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 2015 as the International Year of Soils?
The 68th UN General Assembly declared 2015 the International Year of Soils (IYS) (A/RES/68/232).
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has been nominated to implement the IYS 2015, within the framework of the Global Soil Partnership and in collaboration with Governments and the secretariat of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification.
The IYS 2015 aims to increase awareness and understanding of the importance of soil for food security and essential ecosystem functions.
The specific objectives of the IYS 2015 are to:
- Raise full awareness among civil society and decision makers about the profound importance of soil for human life;
- Educate the public about the crucial role soil plays in food security, climate change adaptation and mitigation, essential ecosystem services, poverty alleviation and sustainable development;
- Support effective policies and actions for the sustainable management and protection of soil resources;
- Promote investment in sustainable soil management activities to develop and maintain healthy soils for different land users and population groups;
- Strengthen initiatives in connection with the SDG process (Sustainable Development Goals) and Post-2015 agenda;
- Advocate for rapid capacity enhancement for soil information collection and monitoring at all levels (global, regional and national).
(Cut from source, 04/19/15:http://www.fao.org/soils-2015/about/en/ )
This lead me to reflection… How much to I really know about soils? I realized that my connection with soil started as a child. Your’s probably did too… playing in the dirt, making mud pies, planting a first garden, watching insects crawl in and out of holes in the ground. But, I find that my true understanding about the composition and science of soil really only scratches the surface. My knowledge as a naturalist and gardener has more than ample room for expansion in learning more about one of Earth’s most precious non-renewable resources: SOIL. I’m looking forward to this series of UNLESS… posts to find out more. Please join in the process- let’s see what we can find out together…
UNLESS… Challenge 8: Let’s Talk Soil
“Let’s Talk Soil”
Please watch the following video; then share your reactions/ thoughts in the comments section. I think it will be interesting to start this series about Soil from the perspectives of an idea exchange.
No need to make a separate post on your blog site this week. I’d like to make this as simple as possible; especially since I am posting the challenge late. 😉
Food for thought: Looking at the UN objectives … where do you find your level of understanding, involvement, concern, etc. when it comes to soil importance?