As 52 per cent of the agricultural lands have already degraded, the soil crisis in the world demands urgent attention. The 100-day, 30,000 km “Journey To Save Soil” by Sadhguru had started off as a lone motorcyclist in March and has hit the half-way mark. He has ridden through most of Europe, parts of central Asia as well as the Middle East in the last 50 days to bring focus on the dire need to Save Soil.
Sadhguru, in his relentless commitment towards the cause, has been riding through extremely risky conditions, including snow, sand storms, rain and sub-zero temperatures. He met political leaders, soil experts, citizens, media personnel and influencers in each country throughout his journey, highlighting upon them the urgency to address soil extinction.
Receiving a resounding response, the Save Soil movement has already touched over 2 billion people, with 72 nations agreeing to act to Save Soil.
“Soil is not our property, it is a legacy that has come to us from previous generations, and we must pass it on as living soil to future generations,” said Sadhguru.
Here are the glimpses of the first 50 days of Save Soil Movement:
Currently in Dubai, Sadhguru has already ridden through Birmingham, London, The Hague, Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Ljubljana, Rome, Geneva, Paris, Brussels, Cologne, Frankfurt, Bratislava, Budapest, Belgrade, Sofia, Bucharest, Istanbul, Tbilisi, Baku, Amman, Tel Aviv, Riyadh and Manama. He will be reaching India at the end of May, and will travel across the country till June 21.
Here’s recap of the Save Soil journey with its achievements so far:
- International organisations that are leading ecological action, such as the International Union of Conservation of Nations (IUCN) and United Nations (UN) agencies – United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), World Food Program (WFP) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have come forward to partner with the movement.
- In the first 50 days, the movement has seen several nations, including 7 Caribbean nations, Azerbaijan, Romania, UAE signing 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.
- Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Italy, Vatican and the Republic of Suriname have expressed solidarity with the Save Soil Movement.
- Germany’s Education Ministry has sent a directive for children of Germany to participate to #SaveSoil. Children’s artworks will be displayed as part of “Save Soil – a global exhibition of art and poetry.
- 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.
- Thousands of influencers, celebrities, sportsmen, journalists and scientists from across the world have come forward to raise their voices and spread awareness about the soil 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.
- The movement has received a huge response from people around the world with over 250 media outlets from 18 countries covering Save Soil events in all cities on the journey.
- Over half a million students have written letters to their ministers in India, requesting them to take action for soil regeneration.
- Politicians and leaders from across a spectrum of parties in India have wholeheartedly endorsed the movement, including the Congress, BJP, AAP, TRS, BJD, SP, Shiv Sena and several others.
- Sadhguru addressed 193 countries at the 15th session of the Conference of Parties (COP15) to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). Sadhguru in his address 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.
Sadhguru will be arriving in Jamnagar, Gujarat at the end of this month, and will ride through 9 states over 25 days.
The Save Soil Journey will culminate at the Cauvery Basin, where the Cauvery Calling project, initiated by Sadhguru, has enabled 1,25,000 farmers to plant 62 million trees to revive soil and river Cauvery.