To value soils, people need more than scientific information. They need to understand how healthy soils impact their lives. For that, it is important to involve all strata of the European population. It is crucial to start from people’s existing practices, values, and concerns in order to build increased awareness, understanding, and engagement. All in all, we must improve soil literacy.
To do so, LOESS will map, connect, and engage with multiple actors to provide an overview of the current level of soil related knowledge in different educational levels and to develop teaching programmes and materials. LOESS will co-create and test pedagogical techniques to encourage effective knowledge flows and discourse between educators and learners and between different knowledge systems (scientific, political, individual local and collective cultural knowledge).
LOESS will carry out activities in 15 countries and provide hands-on activities related to soil education through Community Engaged Research and Learning.
A SOIL DEAL FOR
EU Missions are a new way to bring concrete solutions to some of our greatest challenges. They have ambitious goals and aim at delivering concrete results by 2030. In this context, LOESS is being funded by the Mission ‘A Soil Deal for Europe’.
Life on Earth depends on healthy soils. Soil is the foundation of our food systems. It provides clean water and habitats for biodiversity while contributing to climate resilience. It supports our cultural heritage and landscapes and is the basis of our economy and prosperity. However, it is estimated that between 60 and 70% of EU soils are unhealthy. Soil is a fragile resource that needs to be carefully managed and safeguarded for future generations. One centimeter of soil can take hundreds of years to form, but can be lost in just a single rainstorm or industrial incident.
The Mission leads the transition towards healthy soils by: