This fall semester is finally winding down, which means winter break is right around the corner. This will be the 6th edition of the SustaianbleAUC newsletter for Fall'20, so we've filled it with ways you can become more eco- conscious. Our newsletter will be back and even better in February !
The Importance of Healthy Soil 


It is estimated that 95% of our food is directly or indirectly produced on our soils. Healthy soils are the foundation of the food system. Our soils are the basis for agriculture and the medium in which nearly all food-producing plants grow. Healthy soils produce healthy crops that in turn nourish people and animals. Indeed, soil quality is directly linked to food quality and quantity. 

A healthy soil is a living, dynamic ecosystem,  teeming with microscopic and larger organisms that perform many vital functions including converting dead and decaying matter as well as minerals to plant nutrients (nutrient cycling); controlling plant disease, insect and weed pests; improving soil structure with positive effects for soil water and nutrient holding capacity, and ultimately improving crop production. A healthy soil also contributes to mitigating climate change by maintaining or increasing its carbon content.


 If you do travel, travel smart!
If you can, consider driving to your destination instead of taking an airplane. This helps to reduce your carbon footprint because driving emits fewer carbon emissions than flying. 
Eat more plants!
Explore adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet and reduce your meat consumption which will lower your carbon footprint .
 Learn more and talk about the climate crisis! 
Nowadays you can learn about the climate crisis through documentaries and shows that will put things into perspective and provide you with solutions and talking about the crisis increases the chances of people getting inspired and develop sustainable behavior.
Documentaries to watch: 
- The life on our planet
- Down to earth with Zac Efron
- Chasing Ice
- Chasing Corals 
December 5 - World Soil Day 
Healthy soil is vital to human life because without it, there is no sustenance. The first World Soil Day was launched in 2012 and environmental campaign continues, aiming to raise the profile of the need for healthy soil and its role in preserving healthy ecosystems and human health.

December 11- International Mountain Day
Mountains cover nearly 27 per cent of the Earth’s land mass and play a crucial role in sustainable economic growth. The celebration aims to increase awareness on the importance of mountains for the health of the planet and well-being of billions of people.

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