21th June 2022: Sadhguru who embarked on a solo bike journey on 21st March 2022 from London culminates his 100-day, 30000 km Journey for Soil across 27 nations in the Cauvery Basin. Isha’s outreach project, Cauvery Calling, has been working tirelessly in the region to empower farmers to implement an agroforestry model that enables both agricultural and financial prosperity. Sadhguru, as part of the Save Soil Movement, travelled across Europe, Central Asia and Middle East countries and 9 Indian states to bring urgent attention towards the dying soil and drive national policy changes in reversing and halting soil degradation.
To date, Sadhguru has addressed 607 Save Soil events and the movement has reached 3.2 billion in the world with 74 nations agreeing to act on saving soil since he started his journey. 7 Caribbean nations, Azerbaijan, UAE and 8 Indian states have signed the memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with “Save Soil” to enact policies to safeguard soil. The 54 Commonwealth of Nations, as well as the European Union and several pan-European organizations have also come forward to support the Save Soil movement. The Muslim World League, one of the most influential international non-governmental Islamic organizations, has pledged its support for the global movement to Save Soil from extinction. The French government’s “4 per 1000” initiative to mitigate climate change and increase food security through soil regeneration has also signed an MoU with Save Soil.
Sadhguru during his journey also addressed 195 countries at the 15th session of the Conference of Parties (COP15) to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). In his address, Sadhguru distilled out one overarching objective – to ensure a minimum of 3-6% organic content in agricultural soil and provided a three-pronged strategy to achieve this.
Earlier, at a Save Soil event in New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi joined Sadhguru in expressing his wholehearted recognition of the critical need for and value of the movement. Indian State Governments of Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka have expressed their full support and have signed MoU with the movement. Over 15 lakh children in India have written to the Indian Prime Minister as well, requesting him to act to save the nation’s soil and their collective future.
The primary objective of the Save Soil Movement is to urge all nations of the world to mandate a minimum of 3-6% organic content in agricultural soils through urgent policy reforms. Without this minimum organic content, soil scientists have warned of the imminent death of soil, a phenomenon they are terming as ‘soil extinction.’
The United Nations has warned that at current rates of soil degradation, 90% of the earth could turn into desert by 2050- less than three decades from now. To avert this catastrophe, Sadhguru initiated the Save Soil movement in March this year, and travelled across 27 countries meeting leaders, politicians, scientists and citizens to galvanise support to Save Soil.
The Save Soil Movement is supported by the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN World Food Programme, and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
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Conscious Planet: Save Soil, is a global movement to inspire a conscious approach to saving our soil and planet. This is, first and foremost, a people’s movement. The aim is to demonstrate the support of over 3.5 billion people (more than 60% of the world’s voting population) around the world and empower governments to initiate policy-driven action to revitalize soil and halt further degradation. World leaders, influencers, artists, experts, farmers, spiritual leaders, NGOs and citizens are vocally supporting the movement to re-establish Humanity’s relationship with Soil.
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