5 December is celebrated as World Soil Day and this year the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations has come up with an exciting initiative to #StopSoilErosion. The FAO Global Soil Partnership is inviting persons of all ages and nationalities to participate in this challenge by following a few simple steps.
1. Download The Pledge Card
The FAO urges everyone to download this pledge (page 2). Although the official UN page recommends a print out, one could simply use their smartphones to display the pledge card. If extremely inconvenient to use a picture on the smartphone, multiple persons could use the same printout.
2. Identify A Location-in-Need
Find an empty or barren spot around you which is in need of plantation.
3. Plant Native Species
Take a seed or a sapling of a native plant species and pop it into the soil! (Why native plants? Because these species are better adapted to the local environment and usually require less maintenance. They do not harm the soil and help the biodiversity of the region flourish.) So, get sowing!
4. Say Cheese!
Now hold the pledge card (image or printout) and click a picture with it along with your sapling.
5. Share Your Photo
Upload the image on your social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) with the hashtags #StopSoilErosion and #WorldSoilDay. Spread the word and challenge your friends and family to take the pledge.
Enter A Chance to Win!
Email your photo (in high quality) to firstname.lastname@example.org with a brief description under 200 words. Write how your action can help fight soil erosion and submit it before 30 November 2019.
The best photo entry will featured on official social media account of FAO and the top 5 individuals with the most likes will win a surprise gift bag along with a certificate of recognition. Don’t forget to share your Full Name and/or institution, Country of Origin and Location, link to your photo post, and the copyright of your photo along with the permission to use it.