Commit to Healthy Soil on Earth Day

April is Earth Month–a time for us to appreciate the beauty and resilience of our world.

It’s also the perfect opportunity for us to commit to protecting our environment for generations to come, especially as we face growing concerns over our changing climate.

That’s why cultivating healthy soil matters! Believe it or not, healthy soil is one of the most important elements of a resilient planet.

Good soil is a matrix of minerals and microbial life. In fact, did you know that a cup of soil contains as many organisms as there are people on earth? That’s right: over 6 billion!

The minerals and microorganisms that make up soil are arranged in a way that creates pockets of space which hold air and water. In heavy rains, soil has the ability to store water and allow it to sink into the ground instead of running off into the streets. Plus, it filters out pollutants before they can enter our groundwater supply. 

Unfortunately, much of the soil in LA is compacted, meaning it has very little space to hold air and water. But no need to fear! You can help to create healthy soil–right where you live!

We’ll be celebrating Compost Awareness Week from May 1 to May 7, and discussing all the ways you can take action at home.

Want to get involved? Sign up now to join the Healthy Soil Challenge during the first week of May and get simple tips and tools for building healthy soil delivered straight to your inbox!


By Erika Abdelatif

Erika Abdelatif is TreePeople’s Social Media and Digital Content Manager. When she isn't creating a climate-resilient LA via the Facebook, she's probably writing in a coffee shop, infesting the internet with memes, or watching an open mic.