Protect Ireland’s soils 

people4soil_logoIreland’s soils need your help. We rely on soil to provide healthy food, clean water, support wildlife, store carbon, prevent flooding and ultimately maintain livelihoods around the country. But over the last half a century Ireland’s soils have come under increasing pressure from land use changes, intensification of agriculture, erosion and overgrazing, disposal of organic wastes to soils, afforestation, industry and urbanisation. Soils are not a renewable resource so when we lose them they are gone. Because of this we need to protect them. We are asking people to sign a petition calling for protection measures to be brought in Ireland and across Europe.

What we are calling for 

citizensWe are calling for the European Union to create a Soil Directive which would make countries protect soils. Currently there are similar directives which protections for water, air and nature.
Protection for soils at European level would see the government have to assess the condition of Ireland’s soils and take action where needed. This could take the form of incentives for farmers to improve soils.
The petition is an official European Citizens’ Initiative. This means that if we get 1 million signatures from 7 different member states of the European Union then the European Commission will have to prepare and propose a Soil Directive.

Sign the petition 

NOTE: The information you give below is required by the European Commission to verify that you are an eligible Irish citizen. We have no control over the information they require and we have no access to it. That is sent directly to the Commission. If you fill out the second form we will have access to your name and email and that is subject to our own privacy policy. You can find a link at the bottom of the page. We do not share information gathered through our websites with third parties.


Cutaway sequence of a plant growing in dirt, roots showing, against a white background.


Soil is a remarkable substance that turns unusable materials into plant food, it stores carbon, filters water and protects us from floods. Soil is formed from thousands of years of physical and biological processes and, as it takes so long to re-form, it is effectively non-renewable. Because it is not renewable and we rely so heavily on it we need to protect it. Click here to sign the petition


The degrading of Ireland’s soils is a threat to our ability to produce food now and into the future. Food security and livelihoods are at risk if we allow the condition of our soils to continue to decline. Click here to sign the petition




Soil compaction and erosion means that when it rains the land holds less water and this can lead directly to flooding.
Studies have shown that soil compaction can increase the rate of instant run off from 2% of all rain that falls on land to 60%. Click here to sign the petition


“A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself.”
– Franklin D Roosevelt

Who we are  

“People 4 Soil” is a free and open network of European NGOs, research institutes, farmers associations and environmental groups. We are very worried about the increasing degradation of soils both in the EU and at global level. Here are some of the organisations who make up the coalition in Ireland.



Ian CareyPeople 4 Soil