World Soil Day: a call to humility and kissing the ground
The World2 December 2020
Today, December 5, is the day that the FAO dedicates to soils, this thin and delicate layer that combines and synthesizes the lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere; a living miracle, inhabited by a community of innumerable organisms (fungi, worms, microbes, bacteria, enzymes, etc.), which do the admirable task of fixing and combining nutrients, and thus the vitality of the layer that sustains the vast majority of life terrestrial and therefore our life as well. The upper level of the soil, under the leaves is that of humus, from which comes the word humility. From Silene we believe, therefore, that today is a suitable day to touch the ground, to thank, humbly, on the ground, all the gifts he gives us, generously, with astonishing efficiency, perseverance and resilience.
Like other components of Mother Earth, in many parts of the world the soil is attacked, destroyed, polluted, overexploited, degraded at an unsustainable rate. According to the FAO, about 12 million hectares of land are damaged each year, affecting more than 1.5 billion people. Today, deserts already cover one-third of the earth’s surface and continue to increase in area. But the soil has a wonderful capacity for regeneration, as set out in the inspiring documentary: Kiss the ground.