Jagadish “Jaggi” Vasudev, better known as Sadhguru, is an Indian yoga guru and proponent of spirituality. He has been teaching yoga in southern India and later switched to operating an ashram and yoga center that carry out educational activities. He is the author of several books and a frequent speaker at international forums.
His recent take on Save Soil Drive promotes healthier soil quality worldwide by drawing the support of 3.5 billion people to canvass for soil health. It urges heads of state and their agricultural ministries to formulate national policies and actions toward increasing the organic content in cultivable soil.
According to the news coverage of Zee News India, “If we move towards soil extinction…most of us will not come out of it. Once food shortages happen, civilizations will collapse. Our very humanity will evaporate within – a few days,” warned Sadhguru speaking at a Save Soil event in Nashik. Sadhguru who is currently on the Indian leg of the Save Soil journey, today arrived at the city to clock over 25,000 km of his solo 100-day 30,000 km Save Soil motorcycle journey.
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Sadhguru, who has come to Nasik for the first time, was welcomed by Smt Nilimatai Vasantrao Pawar, Secretary-General, K.T.H.M. College, Sadhguru stressed that today if we stand at a cusp of time because as a “generation we have this opportunity that in the next 10-15 years’ time, we can make a significant turnaround,” alerting that the loss of bio-diversity will make a revival of soil untenable after 25-40 years’ time. In democratic nations, governments follow the mandate of the people and he urged the people to raise their voice and keep it raised till the needed policies to revive soil are created in the state and the country.
The event was studded with strings of rich cultural performances that included renowned vocalist Pandit Aviraj Tayade, and his team performing an entertaining classic number.
On full display was also the rich cultural extravaganza of Maharashtra with people sporting colorful ethnic attires to welcome Sadhguru. Sadhguru embarked on a lone motorcycle journey across Europe, Central Asia, and Middle East nations a few days ago and reached the Western port city of Jamnagar, Gujarat.
Continuing his Indian leg of his journey across 9 Indian states, he has passed through Gujarat, Rajasthan, Haryana and New Delhi, and Uttar Pradesh. At a Save Soil event in New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi joined Sadhguru to express his wholehearted support and encouragement for the movement.
Sadhguru also presented the Soil Policy Handbook to Prime Minister, which offers practical, scientific solutions that governments can put into action to revitalize the soil in their country.
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 ‘soil extinction.’
In India, nearly 30% of fertile soils in the country have already become barren and are incapable of yield. The United Nations has warned that at current rates of soil degradation, 90% of the earth could turn into a desert by 2050- less than three decades from now. To avert this catastrophe, Sadhguru initiated the Save Soil movement in March this year and traveled across 27 countries meeting leaders, politicians, scientists, and citizens to galvanize 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).