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World Soil Day 2022 - Campaign kicks off!

Join the call by organizing an event, entering the contests, or showing how you are taking action!

03/10/2022

Since 2014, on December 5, FAO, within the framework of the Global Soil Partnership has the official mandate from the United Nations to implement the World Soil Day! The event aims to educate and raise awareness of essential threats to our soils, as the date of December 5th coincides with the official birthday of the late King of Thailand, H.E. Bhumibol Adulyadej, a renowned and prominent soil advocate who officially supported the event at the United Nations.

This year's campaign, "Soils, where food begins" highlights the value of soil for food production, better nutrition, and healthy diets. The soil beneath our feet is a world made up of organisms, minerals, and organic matter that supply humans and animals with food through plant growth. Just like us, soils need balanced and varied input of nutrient in appropriate quantities to be healthy. When crops are harvested, nutrients are removed from the soil. Nutrient deficient soils produce nutrient deficient plants, causing hidden hunger for more than 2 billion people worldwide.

Soils have no borders and are at risk. This year's WSD will focus on the importance of soils for nutrition while serving as a call to action and empathy for those who bear the brunt of these threats!

WSD brings together all soil fans from all over the world in a massive celebration to discuss the threats to our soils. Join in the WSD celebration and help raise awareness of this year's theme!

There are many ways to get involved in WSD, and it's up to you to figure out what you want to do! You can host a local or global workshop, meet with your local community to discuss the topic, plant a tree, watch some of our videos with your kids, or even bake a soil cake!

Small or big, we encourage you to share your celebration with your community by using our premade materials and banners, or posting on social media using #WorldSoilDay #Soils4Nutrition.

VISIT THE WSD WEBSITE

 

TAKE PART IN OUR FUN CONTESTS!

SOIL CAKE

Soil cakes - sweet or savory - are a creative way to bring soils close to everyday life! Soils are the foundation of food. Now food will take the shape of soils! Wherever you are and whatever your level of cooking skills, don’t miss the opportunity to show your talent for WSD 2022.

DEADLINE: 10 Dec. 2022.

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KIDS4KIDS POSTER

It is no secret that children and soils pretty much go hand in hand.

Hence, the FAO's GSP calls on children and teenagers from all around the world to use their imagination and create posters that illustrate how soils are crucial for food production, better nutrition and healthy diets.

DEADLINE: 18 Nov. 2022.

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CHILDREN’S BOOK

The International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) in collaboration with FAO's GSP invites designers, soil scientists and educators to team up for the children's book contest on "Soils, where food begins". Submit your freestyle booklet for children ages 6-11 and compete to win cash prize!

DEADLINE: 18 Nov. 2022.

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📢 DISCOVER OUR CAMPAIGN MATERIAL

Are you planning an event or an outreach activity? Mark your agenda, alert your audience, contact your local, regional and global advocates and make use of the free campaign toolkit (all files are print-ready).  Don't forget to share on digital channels for increased dissemination and outreach!

 

💬 CAMPAIGN TOOLKIT

Do you need a simple infographic to explain Where Food Begins?  Or to give more details on #Soils4Nutrition?

The toolkit we have put together includes a visual identity package composed of web banners, posters, web buttons, projects for the preparation of gadgets, social media cards, activity books for kids...etc.

Most of the material is already available in the six UN official languages, with more coming up soon!

💬 VIDEO ANIMATION

Do you need a 3-minute animation to kick start your WSD event? It will help you convey to a wide audience why healthy soils are the foundation of healthy food and a better environment. More language versions soon available!

💬 PRINT OUT GADGETS

Giving out T-shirts and/or other promotional gadgets at WSD events can create a real team spirit and give everyone a nice souvenir of the day.  Remember that promotional items are still one of the most effective forms of advertising, popular with every generation! Check out the instructions. It is not hard as print files are ready and available online!

🌍 WORLD SOIL DAY GLOBAL CEREMONY

The WSD ceremony will be held in a hybrid format on 5 December with the participation of high level speakers and thousands of soil enthusiasts.

Artistic performances and keynotes will animate the ceremony. The winners of the Glinka World Soil Prize and King Bhumibol WSD award will also be announced. In addition, two key products will be launched: the Soil Atlas of Asia and the Global Status of Black Soils. Finally, an interactive quiz will test your knowledge on #Soils4Nutrition.

Interpretation will be available in the six UN official languages.

🌍 PIN YOUR EVENT ON THE MAP!

If you haven't done so yet, register your event on the World Soil Day map! Don't forget to share photos of your event on social media using the hashtags #WorldSoilDay and #Soils4Nutrition.

 

📖 OTHER IDEAS TO CELEBRATE WSD

Are you a government, private business, NGO, journalist, city, or an individual? We need YOU to spread the word! What can you do?

📌 Bake a cake!

📌 Watch our videos!

📌 Launch a social media campaign!

📌 Organize a treasure hunt in nature!

📌 Give a lecture at school with a quiz!

📌 Organize a kids' experiment!

📌 Collect soil samples!

📌 Dig a soil profile!

📌 Go on an excursion/field work!

📌 Watch & share our campaign material

📌 Take part in a soil Wiki Edit-a-thon...

 

WORLD SOIL DAY LOGO IN...

We reached 100 languages! Check if the translation in your local language is already online. If this is not the case, write to us now and we will prepare the WSD logo in your language!

 

SOIL PRIZES

GLINKA WORLD SOIL PRIZE

Looking for the new soil hero? The winner of the Glinka World Soil Prize will be announced during the official WSD celebrations on 5 December 2022.

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KING BHUMIBOL WSD AWARD

Who is the winner of the King Bhumibol World Soil Day Award - edition 2022? It will be announced on 5 December 2022. So, stay tuned!

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Do not forget that the most outstanding WSD 2022 event, organized in the framework of this year's campaign, will have the chance to compete and win a check of USD 15 000 for the 2023 edition of the Award! For further information, contact the WSD team: [email protected]