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World Soil Day

Photo: Huaje Planting, Oaxaca

December 5 is World Soil Day (Día Mundial del Suelo). Hashtag: #WorldSoilDay

Soil is more than inert dirt. Much of the world’s biodiversity lies beneath our feet, in the soils which are home to more than a quarter of our planet’s biodiversity. 2020’s theme: Keep soil alive, Protect soil biodiversity (Mantener vivo el suelo, proteger la biodiversidad del suelo)

Key Links


  • How are soils improved and harmed?
  • Are there live videos and conversations about soil this week?
  • What are recommended online resources, apps?
  • What are upcoming events focusing on soil?
  • Composting bins / systems – what are your faves?
  • When is the theme of the the next year’s World Soil Day announced?

World Soil Day Challenges

  • Share a photo or video of your soil
  • Share a photo or video of your garden
  • Share a photo or video of your compost
  • Translate the theme into another language. Bonus points for Indigenous languages.


World Soil Day 2020 (#WorldSoilDay) and its campaign “Keep soil alive, Protect soil biodiversity” 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 biodiversity loss, increasing soil awareness and encouraging governments, organizations, communities and individuals around the world to commit to proactively improving soil health. More about this theme

Previous years
World Soil Day 2016 : ‘Soils and pulses, a symbiosis for life ‘

World Soil Day Award
The World Soil Day Award (WSDA) – http://www.fao.org/world-soil-day/wsd-award/en/ – consists of a medal and a USD 15,000 check. It will be awarded for the first time in Bangkok, Thailand  to award the best World Soil Day event held in the framework of the 2017 communication campaign ‘Caring for the Planet starts from the Ground‘. It honors individuals, communities, organizations and countries that organized remarkable and engaging World Soil Day activities or campaigns in the previous year.

World Soil Day


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King Bhumibol World Soil Day Award


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