World Soil Day (WSD) is held annually on 5 December as a means to focus attention on the importance of healthy soil and advocating 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.

The date of 5 December for WSD was chosen because it corresponds with the official birthday of H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the King of Thailand, who officially sanctioned the event.

In 2016 this day was officially recognized in memory and with respect for this beloved monarch who passed away in October 2016 after seven decades as head of state.

In the following you will find a brief summary of the previous WSD editions, from 2012 to 2016 with links to the related communication toolkits.

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations:  http://www.fao.org/world-soil-day/en/   About WSD:  http://www.fao.org/world-soil-day/about-wsd/en/

Pacific Regional Society of  Soil Science (PRSSS) World Soil Day -  Event Website

In-person Event: 3  - 6pm, Thursday December 5, Agora Cafe (basement of MacMillan building, UBC)

  • Come try your hand at painting with soils! All the supplies will be provided. Here's some inspiration to get you excited.
  • We'll also have soil-themed snacks and PRSSS merchandise for sale.
  • Drop by anytime between 3 and 6pm!

Remote Event: Fact collection for themed deck of cards

If you can't attend the UBC event, don't worry, there's another way to participate!

  • The PRSSS is making a custom deck of playing cards with different fun soil facts on each card. Help us share our love and knowledge of soils by submitting your favourite soil fact(s) here! Facts should be understandable by the general public. Please make submissions max 50 words. We hope to have the decks available for purchase by our Spring AGM and Workshop next year.
Thursday, December 5, 2019