We are proud to support United Nations World Soil Day by doing our part to raise awareness of the importance of soil health. We will be sharing facts, infographics and news articles across our social media pages from Friday 4th – Monday 7th December 2020 to mark the occasion and invite you to join us by sharing this content with your friends on social media too.
The United Nations have long been advocates of soil health and, 20 years ago, they dedicated 5th December annually to World Soil Day. The Food & Agriculture Organisation of the UN is the driving force behind World Soil Day. They hope that this day can raise awareness of soil health and also encourage positive changes for the good of the planet and the health of the global population.
Soil health is core to our business. As a composting company, we understand the importance of nutrient rich soil for crop growth and biodiversity. We also understand the positive environmental impacts of soil health and are proud that we can be part of this.
The theme for World Soil Day 2020 is: “keep soil alive, protect soil biodiversity.” A fast-growing number of scientists are now convinced that improved soil health is the key to reversing the effects of climate change and restoring the health of the planet.
Why Is Soil Health Important?
- Plants and trees capture carbon from the atmosphere and store it safely in the ground (this is known as biosequestration)
- Healthy and natural nutrient rich soil leads to healthy plants
- Healthy plants and trees are big and strong with increased carbon storing capacity
- The more carbon can be captured by plants, the less carbon in the atmosphere leading to a balance of gases on earth so the planet can start to heal
How to Support World Soil Day
If you would like to support World Soil Day, there are a number of ways you can get involved. You might wish to consider:
- Plant more trees: National Geographic, over 50% of Earth’s rainforests have already been destroyed – many more trees are needed globally to recapture the carbon released into the atmosphere as a direct result of deforestation
- Encourage natural self-managing eco-systems: sow a wild flower patch in your garden or fields, you can give it a helping hand with some organic compost. Wild flower patches are fabulous for encouraging soil biodiversity as well as a paradise for British wildlife including bees and insects
- Switch from artificial fertiliser to an organic biofertiliser such as the PAS100 compost supplied by Envar. Also take a look at our sister company FGS Organics who can apply nutrient rich Digestate directly onto farmland for enhanced soil health and superior crops
- Reduce, reuse and recycle: recycle your own household food waste in a garden compost bin or, on a larger scale, recycle your commercial food waste with VeriGreen to create biofertiliser and green energy while reducing your carbon footprint. Waste wood can be upcycled or turned into woodchip for biomass energy. Paper can be used to create safe & comfortable bedding for livestock. Metal, cardboard, glass and plastic are widely recycled and even household waste can be incinerated to produce energy
- Become a soil health ambassador: share information about this subject on your social media and speak to your friends and colleagues about the importance of soil health
Join Envar Composting this World Soil Day and across this weekend. Share your positive contributions to global soil health on social media using the hashtag #worldsoilday and tag Envar Composting in your posts so we can give you a virtual high five.