AHMEDABAD: The climate change department of the Gujarat government signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Isha Outreach to conserve soil.
The MoU was signed on Monday in the presence of Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, the founder of Isha Foundation, and chief minister Bhupendra Patel.
The MoU will include aspects of soil protection like preventing aridity, salinity, and increasing green cover, an official statement said.
Sadhguru is on a 100-day solo bike expedition covering 30,000km with the message of saving soil.
CM Patel said that the state government has been implementing the project of giving soil health cards to farmers since 2004 and 115 soil health laboratories have been set up across the state to test and certify soil health.
The government release said that, according to one estimate, about 24% of the world’s soil has become desert-like and the United Nations has warned that if corrective measures are not taken to save the soil, the situation could worsen by 2050.
Objective of Save Soil Movement
The phenomena of Soil extinction could aggravate ecological, economic and social catastrophes worldwide and thus, the Save Soil movement is aimed at urging nations to maintain 3-6 per cent organic content in the agricultural soils through urgent policy reforms. Agricultural scientists have said that without maintaining the organic content, the death of soil is imminent.
The Save Soil movement is directed towards demonstrating the support of 60% of the world’s electorate – 3.5 billion people, to force urgent policy action by the governments to prevent soil extinction.
Support for Save Soil Movement
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 (WFP), and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
Seventy-four nations around the world have pledged concrete action to save soil in their countries since Sadhguru began his lone motorcycle journey from London on March 21, 2022.