‘To an Eroded Landscape – The Naked Land’ by Robin Peace
World Soil Day is held annually around the world on 5 December, as a means to focus attention on the importance of healthy soil and advocating for the sustainable management of soil resources.
The theme of World Soil Day 2017 is "Caring for the Planet starts from the Ground". As the United Nations notes, ‘soil is a finite natural resource. On a human time-scale it is non-renewable. However, despite the essential role that soil plays in human livelihoods, there is a worldwide increase in degradation of soil resources due to inappropriate management practices, population pressure driving unsustainable intensification and inadequate governance over this essential resource.’
‘To an Eroded Landscape – The Naked Land’ is a poem by Robin Peace that fits this theme well. Produced as a poster in the mid-1980s, it describes the erosion of the land and soil from the perspective of the land itself.
Archives Reference: ABKK 24411 W4358 Box 414
For updates on our On This Day series and news from Archives New Zealand, follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/ArchivesNZ
Material supplied by Archives New Zealand Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga