International Geodiversity Day

What is geodiversity?

Geodiversity is all around you. It is all the parts of nature that aren't alive; including the Earth's minerals, rocks, fossils, soils, sediments, landforms, topography, geological and morphogenetic processes, and hydrological features such as rivers and lakes.

Why is geodiversity important?

The elements that comprise geodiversity provide many benefits for people and society. From the soils we grow crops in, to the natural resources our society is built upon; from geology's regulation of our environment, to the outdoor landscapes people visit for recreation - geodiversity underpins it all.

Geodiversity and the Sustainable Development Goals

Geodiversity provides an important contribution to the implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. To find out more, click below.

What Will Happen on International Geodiversity Day?

International Geodiversity Day will enable coordinated activities to take place worldwide, highlighting the importance of geodiversity. Bringing  together people, communities, organisations, and countries across the world, it is expected that this will include educational, awareness raising, and public and policy engagement activities.

What Next & How Can I Help?

Geodiversity underpins biodiversity and every ecosystem. It provides materials for society. Its landscapes inspire art, support tourism, and strengthen healthy living. The individual components of geodiversity teach us earth history, shaping our approaches to climate change and geohazard risk. But for most people, from public to policymaker, this is unknown. As such there is an urgent need to increase public understanding of geodiversity. We can achieve this by establishing an International Geodiversity Day.

Supporters of International Geodiversity Day

International Geodiversity Day is supported by organisations all around the world, including 18 international geoscience or nature conservation organisations, 7 Regional Organisations, and more than 80 national organisations in 40 countries with all continents represented.

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