Soils help moderate global temperatures, store carbon, and can preserve records of past climates. Soil is a precious natural resource that has significant interactions with Earth’s climate system, but it can’t do its job if we keep disturbing it. When soils are allowed to interact with the plants and water systems they were meant to support, soils support life. All of our food, and many everyday objects that we use, depend on soil as their natural resource. No matter where you live, there is soil under you. And, it is a resource we need to protect, because soils sustain life. Download our November Soils and Climate video - it's excellent for use in classrooms and any other event/activity that will benefit from video! You can also view it directly on YouTube. Feel free to share widely!
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The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) is an international scientific society that fosters the transfer of knowledge and practices to sustain global soils. Based in Madison, WI, SSSA is the professional home for 6,000+ members and 1,000+ certified professionals dedicated to advancing the field of soil science. Members focus on soils in relation to crop production, environmental quality, ecosystem sustainability, bioremediation, waste management, recycling, wise land use, and more. SSSA supports its members and certified professionals by providing quality research-based publications, educational programs, certifications, and science policy initiatives via a Washington, DC office. Founded in 1936, SSSA celebrated its 75th Anniversary in 2011.