Sadhguru’s movement: Isha Foundation volunteers spread message to save soil in UP capital
Over 100 volunteers of Isha Foundation spread awareness about the increasing plight of soil in India and the world over at various places across Lucknow through “Save Soil” campaign on Sunday
Over 100 volunteers of Isha Foundation spread awareness about the increasing plight of soil in India and the world over at various places across Lucknow through “Save Soil” campaign on Sunday. During the campaign, they raised awareness how fast the soil was being destroyed and what was needed to stem it.
“Save Soil” is a global movement launched by spiritual teacher Sadhguru to address the soil crisis by bringing together people from around the world to stand up for the soil health. The volunteers caught the attention of passers-by as the former were holding placards with “Mitti Bachao” and “Save Soil” written on them. The volunteers carried out the campaign at Imambara, Gomti riverfront, 1090 roundabout and many other places across the state capital.
During the campaign, the volunteers also distributed handouts informing people that their drive coincided with the embarking of Isha Foundation founder Sadhguru’s 100-day lone motorcycle journey spanning 30,000 km across 27 nations in 100 days as part of the “Save Soil” movement. The 100-day journey will include engagements with leaders of all 27 nations to urge them to initiate urgent policy action to save soil in their countries.
“We have been activating the save soil movement for 2 years now,” the handout quoted Sadhguru, who has been meeting ministers and leaders of nations for the past eight months to build global consensus for concerted action to save the world’s soils, as saying. He said the response had been “super positive.”
As per the handout, Sadhguru said the movement was “an effort to bring a policy in 192 countries that if you own agricultural land, a minimum of 3-6% organic content should be there (in the soil). This is our responsibility for the future generation.”
Sharing details about the policy recommendations of the movement, Sadhguru was quoted as saying, “We have written policy documents specific to each country depending upon its soil type, latitudinal position, region and agricultural traditions of that region. Accordingly, we have written separate policy documents for every nation.”
Sadhguru said his first stop after leaving India will be the United States where he will hold media interactions to bring attention to the issue. He revealed that “in United States in the last 12 years, 50% of the farmers have not made a single dollar. The highest suicide rate among all professions in United States is (from) the farming community.” Sadhguru will then travel to the Caribbean islands where 9-11 nations are expected to sign memorandums of understanding with the “Save Soil” movement.
During his 100-day journey, Sadhguru will also address the 15th session of the Convention of Parties (COP15) to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). He will address the international community of business, political and social leaders at the premier global platform for public-private cooperation, the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, to urge them to join the global effort. Both events are scheduled in May.