It doesn’t matter if you’re a farmer, landholder, soil scientist, policymaker or gardener… Tell your soil story by contributing to the blog! One of the primary aims of this international year is to raise awareness about the multiple roles that soils play in all of our lives. By carrying out multiple functions, healthy soils ensure a productive food system, improved rural livelihoods and a healthy environment. You too can raise awareness and safeguard our planet’s soils by posting on the official IYS (International Year of Soils) blog.
As FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said at the launch of the IYS on 5 December 2014, “The multiple roles of soils often go unnoticed. Soils don’t have a voice, and few people speak out for them but they are our silent ally in food production.” Speak out for soils! So far the blog has been a success with a wide range of stories from an ecosystem ecologist’s search for soil microorganisms in the Arctic, to a project on waste/soils carried out by a teacher and his students in Spain and an Austrian microbiologist’s experiment and time-lapse video on building humus.
Submissions can focus on:
- The multiple roles that soils play in the lives of people from diverse regions of the world
- The wide variety of ecosystem services that soils provide
- The challenges we face including soil degradation, deforestation, desertification, drought and other environmental issues
- Successful soil conservation practices