World Soil Day
5th December, 2023
Global | Free
Join #WorldSoilDay to learn more sustainable soil management and how it is linked to protecting biodiversity, creating healthy eco systems and carbon capture.
Climate and Biodiversity
- Soil is likely home to 59% of the species on Earth
- Water scarcity leads to the loss of soil biodiversity, while leaching and eutrophication from agriculture practices lead to the loss of biodiversity in water bodies.
- The mismanagement of pesticides and fertilizers not only threatens soil and water quality but also poses significant risks to human health and ecosystems.-Soil and water conservation contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation.
- Improved soil and water management improves the land's capacity to withstand extreme climate events such as droughts, floods and sand/dust storms.
- Integrated soil and water management practices provide essential ecosystem services, supporting life on earth and enhancing ecosystem resilience.
- Healthy soils act as a carbon sink, by sequestering carbon from the atmosphere, thus contributing to both climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts.
- Scotland's soils are a giant carbon store, holding more than 3,000 megatonnes of carbon (of which 53% is held in deep peatland soils), which is 60 times the amount of carbon held in our trees and plants, therefore making soils our main terrestrial store of carbon.