World Soil Day 2015

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Soils constitute the foundation of vegetation and agriculture. Forests need it to grow. We need it for food, feed, fiber, fuel and much more.” – José Graziano da Silva, FAO Director-General

Saturday 5 December marks the annual World Soil Day and the official end of the 2015 International Year of Soil.

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School of Earth and Environment staff showing five, for 5 December 2015 – World Soil Day, in the International Year of the Soil

The School of Earth and Environment marked the occasion on Friday 4 December with a morning tea organised by Dr Louise Barton featuring considerable quantities of well-structured cake. Louise not only organised the event; she spoke eloquently and poetically about the essential role that soils play in the survival of our planet Earth and of the human species, making links to the “Celebrating Soils” theme of the 2015 Soil Science Australia (WA) Conference.

Louise also used the occasion to highlight the very positive recent evaluation of research disciplines central to the School of Earth and Environment in the State of Australian University Research 2015–16: Volume 1 ERA National Report, released today.

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Dr Louise Barton cutting a cake to celebrate World Soil Day 2015.

Louise waxing lyrical about soils to mark World Soil Day 2015
Louise waxing lyrical about soils to mark World Soil Day 2015

Soils, coffee, and cake - the perfect combination.
Soils, coffee, and cake – the perfect combination.

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Soils also host at least one quarter of the world’s biodiversity. They are key in the carbon cycle. They help us to mitigate and adapt to climate change. They play a role in water management and in improving resilience to floods and droughts.” – José Graziano da Silva, FAO Director-General

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