Soil Awareness

 

The soil is an invisible good to most people and yet, just as water and air, crucial for our surviving. Not just for children but also for us adults it is essential to communicate the importance of soil in interesting, playful ways:

  • Changing the perspective helps: Diving into the “underground” soil like in the museum Osnabrück.
  • Integrate the topic of soil in schools by applying interactive learning approaches
  • A picture says more than 1000 words: Documentary movies can give light introductions on the complex dynamics and mechanisms of soil.
  • Use new technologies and Android apps to gather soil data
  • Infographics can show links of soils to topics of high social importance.
  • Inspire. And be surprised! Awareness raising means to build up people’s capacity to act.

 
 
Teaching materials


Bruno Braunerde und die Bodentypen

Bruno Braunerde – Visualizes in a playful way the different soil types. (DE)
http://oebg.boku.ac.at/boden-fuer-alle/projekte/bruno-braunerde.html

Visualizitaion of soil for kids

Bodenreise – Takes you on a journey through the ground while giving you different missions to complete (DE FR IT)
http://www.bodenreise.ch”

Research to pracitce
Measuring Soil Porosity – A short overview (ENG)
https://www.awri.com.au/wp-content/uploads/v_activity_soil_porosity.pdf
Boden Macht Schule Website
Practice-oriented information package of workshops offers students and teachers a professional supplement to the lessons (DE)
http://www.umweltbundesamt.at/umweltsituation/boden/schule/seminare/
Logo Bodenwelten
Bodenwelten – offers information, ideas for teaching, approaches to soil protection, or opportunity to discuss soil conservation (DE)
http://www.bodenwelten.de/
Logo of the Austrian Bodenplattform
Bodenplattform – offers, among others, teaching material (DE)
http://www.bodeninfo.net/index.php?article_id=435
Wilbur the Soil Wizard; soil for kids

Wilbur the soil wizard takes you leow the ground to show you his world. (ENG)
https://www.blm.gov/nstc/soil/Kids/index.html

 
 
Movies and short Animations


Logo The Soil Story
It’s a story whose time has come. it’s a story that could heal our planet. (ENG IT FR SP DE)
http://thesoilstory.kisstheground.com/video/
Logo Kiss the ground
Our mission: humanity is living regeneratively. Coming 2018 (ENG)
https://kisstheground.com/
Logo compost story
Composting is the most important action humans can take to regenerate our planet. (ENG)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqDQD8cvO5Y
Permaculutre perspective
Inhabit provides an intimate look at permaculture people and practices ranging from rural, suburban, and urban landscapes. (ENG)
http://inhabitfilm.com/
Lets talk about soil hourglass
Let’s Talk about Soil –A 5min annimation telling about soil resources, covering degradation, urbanization, overexploitation; inlcuding options how to manage soils more sustainable. (ENG DE FR SP PO IT) ttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ND5Jl-jjmI
Better save soil
Better Save Soil – Fertile soil forms the foundation of our modern societies. Although we should be doing everything we can to sustain it, when we look around us, we see a very different story. (ENG DE SP IT FR PO) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xhQ2xnQwNI
Food, INC. Movie Logo

This powerful film changed the way millions of Americans eat. Find out why. (ENG)
http://www.takepart.com/foodinc/index.html

Symphonie of the soil movie logo

An artistic exploration of the miraculous substance soil. (ENG with sbt i n FR Sp IT DE PO)
http://www.symphonyofthesoil.com/

BOKU Kostbare Kacke movie

Nowadays, not only can a certain scarcity can be reduced to fossil energy, but nutrients are finite too. Phosphorus has- same as oil – passed it’s “peak” already. (DE)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wI6rj7tJqcQ

Dirt the movie

DIRT! –brings to life the environmental, economic, social and political impact that the soil has. (ENG)
http://www.dirtthemovie.org/

 
 
Books and Puplications


Soil Biodiverstity Atlas

Maps the soil biodiversity of the entire planet providing a detailed analysis of soil organisms and the threats to soil at global scale. (ENG)
https://esdac.jrc.ec.europa.eu/Atlas

Die Humusrevolution Regenerative Agrikultur

The humus revolution. How we heal the soil, save the climate and make the nutritional change. (DE)
http://www.humusrevolution.de/

 
 
Infographics and Factsheets


FAO Infographic 95% of our food comes from our soil

A FAO collection of infographics about soil and water, climate change, food, threats, functions and biodiversity. (ENG)
http://www.fao.org/soils-2015/resources/infographics/en/

Land for the few; land distribution Europe

A series of infographics that expose the massive concentration of land in Europe. (ENG)
https://www.tni.org/en/publication/land-for-the-few-infographics

Unlock the secrets of the soil

These informative graphics provide a glimpse of just some of the soils secrets. (ENG)
https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/national/soils/health/?cid=stelprdb1143889

clean planet; healthy soils; soil functions

Illustrations about how to keep our planet clean. With information about soil functions and how to maintain soil health. (ENG)
https://www.behance.net/gallery/10635575/SOIL-Infographics

soil infographics

Collection of infographics on different topics related to soil.
https://www.pinterest.at/unfao/infographics/

Good Soi; Support for small-scale farmer

Nearly one person in nine in the world doesn’t get enough to eat, and farmers make up more than 70% of those who are hungry. (ENG FR)
https://foodgrainsbank.ca/good-soil-infographics/

Healthy soil infographics

Believe it or not, there are a lot of interesting facts about healthy soil. These entertaining and informative graphics provide a glimpse of just some of those secrets. (ENG) https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/national/soils/health/?cid=stelprdb1143204

infographics on soil

A cllection of soil related infographics. (ENG)
https://visual.ly/tag/soil

earth worm

Earthworms play a very special role in the soil ecosystem. How they can improve the soil can be seen in this inofgraphic.
http://thumbnails-visually.netdna-ssl.com/a-worms-worth-how-earthworms-help-the-green-grass-grow_.jpg

Boden gut machen; Flächenverbrauch in Deutschland

Infographic about Germany’s land use. (DE)
http://www.die-infografik.de/infografiken/detail/boden-gut-machen.html

Österreich Flächenberbrauch

Infographic about the area of soil Austria is loosing every year. (DE)
https://kurier.at/thema/infografiken/infografik-wie-oesterreich-seinen-boden-verbaut/102.026.114

FAO international year of soil fact sheets

A collection of FAO factsheets on soil realted topics as water, biodiversity, feed, climate. (ENG)
http://www.fao.org/soils-2015/resources/fact-sheets/en/

Soil Atlas

The soil seems to be inexhaustible. This Soil Atlas shows why the soil should concern us all. (ENG)
http://saveoursoils.com/userfiles/downloads/1444748215-soilatlas2015.pdf

Soil Types

Factsheet about the main soil types and their characteristics. (ENG)
http://www.soil-net.com/sm3objects/activities/Factsheet_SoilTypes1.pdf

Soil health

Collection of factsheets about soil health and your farm’s potential. (ENG)
https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detailfull/national/soils/health/?cid=stelprdb1049236

Soil erosion

Collection of factsheets from types of erosion to preventing erosion. (ENG)
https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/agriculture/soils/erosion/soil-erosion-factsheets

Soil acidity factsheet

Collection of factsheets giving a basic understanding about soil acidity, biological fertility, carbon storage etc. (ENG)
http://www.soilquality.org.au/factsheets

 
 
Apps


Soil info app

Soil Info App – global soil data on your palm! It provides free access to soil data across borders.
http://www.isric.org/explore/soilinfo

Soil colour chart

Soil Color Chart – This app is a reference to a colour chart for soil classification.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.geo.munsell

Soil pH: Soil quality

Soil Quality – a revolutionary way to examine and estimate the pH level of the soil and every liquid or substance who dissolves in water.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.techxplay.soilph

Texture Trianlge

Enter the values (%) for the parts of clay, silt and sand. Ideal for all Agronomy professionals, biologists, geographers etc.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.agro.textura

Soil Sampler

Soil Sampler- The most popular tool for effective precision agriculture and getting soil samples in your fields.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.noframe.farmissoilsamples

Soil Sampling with GPS

Saves information of every soil sample collected and providing GPS coordinates. All all sampled points can be viewed on GoogleMaps.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ext.faraz.soilsamplingextensionservices

my Soil

mySoil lets you take a soil properties map of Europe with you wherever you go and with your phone’s GPS you’ll know exactly where you are.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.ac.bgs.mysoil

Land PKS

LandInfo makes soil and site characterization fast and easy! You can enter data about soil texture, topography and easily observable soil properties.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.landpotential.lpks.landcover

GPS Measurements

GPS Measuremetn- Intuitive app letting you manage area, distance and scope with integrated GPS field survey.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=lt.noframe.fieldsareameasure

 
 
Exhibitions


World Soil Museum Wageningen

Wordl Soil Museum – For anyone that wants to learn about soils in life and ecosystems, and see the enormous variation of soil types in the world. (ENG NL)
http://wsm.isric.org/

unter.Welten Museum Boden

unter.Welten – an exhibition about the universe below our feet, answering the question whom we’re actually stepping on the head the whole time. (DE)
https://www.osnabrueck.de/mas/startseite.html

Das Land das wir uns nemen

The exhibition “The land we take” focuses on grabbing tropical rainforest and arable land – and what we have to do with it. (DE)
http://www.klimabuendnis.at/das-land-das-wir-uns-nehmen

 
 
Other


An overview of different educational soil trails in Austria. (DE)
www.bodeninfo.net/index.php?article_id=424

Hagelversicherung

Hagelversicherung – an insurance – is counting the m² of agricultural area that has been lost due to constructions in 2018 already. (DE)
https://www.hagel.at/site/