World Soil Day: How Young People Can Contribute to Stop Soil Pollution

On December 5, we celebrate World Soil Day

 

Sometimes, it can be hard to see the impact that our actions have on the planet and soil pollution is a good example of this. Soil pollution is the soil contamination and accumulation of toxic substances that damage plants and animal lives, as well as food production, and is targeted by Sustainable Development Goals 2, 3, 12 and 15. 

 

FAO’s Be the Solution to Soil Pollution campaign for World Soil Day 2018 has the goal to raise awareness and call people to #StopSoilPollution. 

 

Currently, one third of the global soil of the planet is already degraded. However, through small actions and daily behaviours, everybody can do something to stop this phenomenon.

 

How can young people contribute to stop soil pollution?

 

Recycle, Reduce and Reuse. Recycle plastic, paper, aluminum and glass every day and choose products obtained from recycled materials. Reduce the use of products that cannot be recycled and your waste. Reuse certain items, such as containers, papers, bags and bottles.

 

Shop Responsibly. When possible, choose organic food over food treated with pesticides and other chemicals. This will not only benefit the soil, but also your health. Avoid buying products with unnecessary plastic wrappings that cannot be reused and will take a long time to break down. Try to choose items produced through environmentally-friendly industrial processes and biodegradable products, since they will decompose naturally and will not release harmfull chemicals in the soil.

 

Spread the Word. Talk about this issue with people in your community, your school and friends, and be an example for them of how to stop soil pollution.