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Soil Celebration: 2015 UN Year of Soil

UBC Botanical Garden
Date of Event: 
Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Join us to learn about safe soils in the City, the importance of soil to food security in BC and how soils are sequestering carbon and mitigating climate change.  

Thursday March 5, from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: UBC Botanical Garden, Reception Centre, 6804 SW Marine Drive

Co-hosted by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutionsand the UBC Botanical Garden we are thrilled to be celebrating the magical world of soils. Soils are teeming with life and diversity.  They are essential to the healthy functioning of current and future communities. Yet, current rates of soil degradation threaten food security, forest ecosystems, rural livelihoods and climate change solutions. Considered a ‘silent ally’ in the fight against climate change, soils are so vital that the 68th UN General Assembly declared 2015 the International Year of Soils.  This marks an important milestone for soil where governments big and small have committed to understanding how and why deforestation, expanding cities, pollution and overgrazing threaten one of Earth’s most critical natural resources (for more information click here). 


  • Douglas Justice (Associate Director, UBC Botanical Garden)
  • Dr. Sean Smukler (Assistant Professor, Faculty of Land and Food Systems)
  • Gladys Oka (Graduate Student, Faculty of Land and Food Systems)
  • Kimberley Sutherland (Regional Agrologist, BC Ministry of Agriculture)
  • Dr. Maja Krzic (Associate Professor, Faculty of Land & Food Systems and Faculty of Forestry)

Notes: Coffee, tea and light snacks will be served. Wine and refreshments will be available by donation.  Advance registration required.


UBC Botanical Garden Programs
6804 SW Marine Drive
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4
BCSLA Event: 
Project: Telus Atrium Garden
Landscape Architect / Firm: Sharp & Diamond Landscape Architecture Inc in collaboration with Cornelia Hahn Oberlander
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Photo Credit: Brett Hitchins