World Soil Day: IGP calls for protection of soil biodiversity

INDIA GREENS PARTY

Press Statement

 World Soil Day: IGP calls for protection of soil biodiversity

Unchir, Pauri-Garhwal, Uttarakhand, 5 December 2020: The India Greens Party (IGP) has called upon the citizens of Earth to keep soil alive and protect the biodiversity of it for sustaining healthy ecosystems and human well-being.

In a press statement issued on the occasion of the World Soil Day (WSD) today, the IGP President Suresh Nautiyal said protection of soil is prerequisite to the foundation for agricultural development, essential ecosystem functions and food security, and hence are key to sustaining life on Earth.

The UN General Assembly had adopted a Resolution on the WSD on 20 December 2013. The Day is held annually on 5 December as a means to focus attention on the importance of healthy soil and to advocate for the sustainable management of soil resources.

Mr Nautiyal said it is important to recognise that the sustainability of soils is key to addressing the pressures of a growing population and that recognition, advocacy and support for promoting sustainable management of soils can contribute to healthy soils and thus to a food-secure world and to stable and sustainably used ecosystems.

The IGP leader pointed out that the plants nurtured a whole world of creatures in the soil that in return fed and protected the plants. This diverse community of living organisms keeps the soil healthy and fertile.

He said there is a great need to raise awareness of the importance of sustaining healthy ecosystems and human well-being. If we do not act soon, the fertility of soil will continue to be adversely affected at an alarming rate, threatening global food supplies and food safety.

Mr Nautiyal said it is worrisome that wind, rain and industrial farming techniques have accelerated the soil erosion. Today the equivalent of one soccer pitch of soil is eroded every five seconds, and the planet is on a path that could lead to the degradation of more than 90 percent of all the Earth’s soils by 2050.

He said preventing soil erosion through education, advocacy and concrete actions in the field are the best way to maintain healthy soils and help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

-Issued by the IGP Spokesperson (North) Rafat Jamal.

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(India Greens Party is registered with the Election Commission of India under Section 29A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951. Registration Number: 56/476/2018-19/PPS-I, effective from 18/07/2019.)

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