World Soil Day
World Soil Day is annually held on December 5 to highlight soil's importance on Earth. We need soil for basic survival - food and energy. It is linked with the United Nations' (UN) Year of Soil.
Deforestation and Bad Farming
Soil is made up of organic remains, clay and rock particles, found on the Earth’s surface. It contributes to food, reduces biodiversity loss, and secures energy. Problems like deforestation, bad agricultural practices and pollution causes soil degradation and erosion.
The UN saw a need to raise awareness about the dangers of soil loss, so it made World Soil Day and official day. It was first celebrated on December 5, 2012, which corresponded with the birthday of Thai king Bhumibol Adulyadej, who officially sanctioned the event.
What to Do?
Thousands of soil scientists and organizations, like the International Union of Soil Sciences, promote the day via social media, YouTube videos, and local events to talk about issues such as soil erosion and preserving soil.
What's Open or Closed?
World Soil Day is a global observance and not a public holiday so it's business as usual.
World Soil Day Observances
|Weekday||Date||Year||Name||Holiday Type||Where It is Observed|
|Wed||Dec 5||2012||World Soil Day||United Nations observance|
|Thu||Dec 5||2013||World Soil Day||United Nations observance|
|Fri||Dec 5||2014||World Soil Day||United Nations observance|
|Sat||Dec 5||2015||World Soil Day||United Nations observance|
|Mon||Dec 5||2016||World Soil Day||United Nations observance|
|Tue||Dec 5||2017||World Soil Day||United Nations observance|
|Wed||Dec 5||2018||World Soil Day||United Nations observance|
|Thu||Dec 5||2019||World Soil Day||United Nations observance|
|Sat||Dec 5||2020||World Soil Day||United Nations observance|
Quick FactsWorld Soil Day raises awareness of why soil is needed for sustainable living.
World Soil Day 2016Monday, December 5, 2016
World Soil Day 2017Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Name in other languages
|World Soil Day||English|
|Día Mundial del Suelo||Spanish|
|יום באדמת העולם||Hebrew|
|اليوم العالمي للتربة||Arabic|
|토양의 세계의 날||Korean|