Jamnagar: After traversing the freezing cold of Europe and the furnace of the Arabian desert, Sadhguru, founder of the Isha Foundation, set foot on Bharat soil when disembarking at the port of Jamnagar in Gujarat after his #JourneyForSoil had met with resounding success in Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East. Sadhguru sailed for three days on the Indian Ocean after departing from Port Sultan Qaboos, Oman, to reach the west coast of India.
Sadhguru received a rousing welcome from the Indian Navy, as their band performed the anthem Save Soil. Capturing the essence of the movement, the crowd chanted “Dharti ki pukaar, dharti ki lalkaar, dharti ki dahaad, mitti bachao ped lagao”, while Sadhguru planted a sapling, signifying the start of Journey for Soil in India.
Amidst all the heart-pounding drumbeats, vibrant folk performances and high-tension slogans from thousands of states, Sadhguru addressed the crowd, asking them to keep up the momentum to save the ground. “At least for the next 30 days you need to keep your voice full, not a day cry. Sustained, every day, 15-20 minutes a day, hold the message until we hear every government in the world is developing policy to regenerate the soil. Reiterating that we all hold a powerhouse in our hands in the form of a phone, he urged everyone to use social media to talk about the ground. “When you have power like this, we have to make it happen,” he said.
Ektaba Sodha, representative of Jamsaheb, Jamnagar, was joined by religious and political leaders in addition to Indian army, navy and air force commanders to receive Sadhguru at the port.
She expressed that it was her pride and privilege to be part of this historic event. “He influenced policy change, he educated, he raised awareness about saving the soil, and it is very important to know that today is the second time in the history of Jamnagar, that at the invitation of the royal family, a civilian arrives at the cargo port with special notification.
Walking towards his motorbike – which arrived with him on the tugboat – Sadhguru greeted the performers.
Crossing the harbor ahead of a serpentine line of hundreds of Save Soil volunteers, Sadhguru greeted their cheers before heading to the Navy Gate where the Navy Band launched a musical tribute in the presence of the Commanding Officer and senior officers. of the navy. With a heartfelt gesture of thanks, Sadhguru left the port to continue his journey to India.
Sadhguru is currently on a 100-day, 30,000km #JourneyForSoil after launching the Global Movement to Save Soil from Extinction last March. Her journey began in London on March 21 and will end in the Cauvery River Basin at the end of June.
The primary goal 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 impending soil death, a phenomenon they call “soil extinction.”
In India, the average organic matter content of agricultural soils is estimated at 0.68%, which places the country at high risk of desertification and soil extinction. Nearly 30% of the country’s fertile soils have already become sterile and unable to produce. It is estimated that nearly 25% of fertile land has been desertified in the world. The United Nations has warned that at the current rate of land degradation, 90% of the earth could turn into desert by 2050 – in less than three decades.
Soil extinction could lead to unprecedented ecological, economic and social disasters around the world. This includes intensifying climate change, global food and water shortages, brutal civil unrest and migration across continents threatening the security and cultural fabric of every nation.
The Save Soil movement is supported by the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), the United Nations World Food Program and the International Union for Conservation of nature (IUCN). Since Sadhguru began his journey 68 days ago, 74 nations around the world have pledged to take concrete action to save their country’s soils.
Conscious Planet: Save Soil is a global movement to inspire a conscious approach to saving our soil and our planet. It’s before all, a popular movement. The goal is to demonstrate the support of more than 3.5 billion people (more than 60% of the global voting population) around the world and to empower governments to initiate political action to revitalize soils and stop degradation. World leaders, influencers, artists, experts, farmers, spiritual leaders, NGOs and citizens are vocally supporting the movement to restore Humanity’s relationship with the Soil.