WIMMERA residents can help create an online display that will form part of Global Soils Week in Berlin.
Warracknabeal environmental educator Jeanie Clark has called on keen photographers to snap ‘soil selfies’.
‘‘Soil Selfies is a grass-roots project aimed at celebrating 2015 as the International Year of Soil,’’ she said.
‘‘The images of soil will be used to create an online educational resource about how people see and use their soils.’’
Mrs Clark has been invited to create a display at the Global Soils Week international soils forum in Berlin next month.
‘‘These images will form one of 12 visual displays as part of the collaborative and participatory processes at the forum,’’ she said.
‘‘Soil Selfies provides participants with a ‘voice’ into highlevel global discussions about issues including soil challenges and management.
‘‘It is so easy. All you have to do is take a photo showing soil detail and illustrating how the soil is used and any challenges or management methods.
‘‘I will also need some comments to go with the photo.’’
Mrs Clark said the idea for Soil Selfies started in November.
‘‘I looked on the web for the kind of information the Soil Selfies project will create to prepare an International Year of Soils education program – but there wasn’t any,’’ she said.
‘‘So I came up with the Soil Selfies concept to provide that information and make it freely available for anyone to use.’’
Mrs Clark said she then proposed the idea to the Global Soils Week forum and it was accepted as one of the displays.
‘‘Now I need as many people to contribute as possible to help me make the collection,’’ she said.
Mrs Clark said anyone could contribute to the project.
‘‘Everyone has soil under their feet to photograph and share,’’ she said.
‘‘Rural, urban, backyards or balcony plants – they all come under the project.
‘‘There are more uses for soils than growing plants, so be creative with what your soil does.’’
Mrs Clark said people could go to soils.enviroed4all.com.au/ soil-selfies for more information and to see examples of soil selfies.