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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.

Soil is vital for farming and food security.
Soil is vital for farming and food security.
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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

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday TypeWhere It is Observed
WedDec 52012World Soil DayUnited Nations observance 
ThuDec 52013World Soil DayUnited Nations observance 
FriDec 52014World Soil DayUnited Nations observance 
SatDec 52015World Soil DayUnited Nations observance 
MonDec 52016World Soil DayUnited Nations observance 
TueDec 52017World Soil DayUnited Nations observance 
WedDec 52018World Soil DayUnited Nations observance 
ThuDec 52019World Soil DayUnited Nations observance 
SatDec 52020World Soil DayUnited Nations observance 

Quick Facts

World Soil Day raises awareness of why soil is needed for sustainable living.

World Soil Day 2016

Monday, December 5, 2016

World Soil Day 2017

Tuesday, December 5, 2017


Name in other languages

World Soil DayEnglish
Día Mundial del SueloSpanish
יום באדמת העולםHebrew
اليوم العالمي للتربةArabic
토양의 세계의 날Korean

List of dates for other years

United Nation Holiday on December 5, 2016

Fun Holiday on December 5, 2016

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