Sadhguru is currently on a 100-day Save Soil movement journey covering 30,000 km across 27 nations to call on policymakers and the public to make soil regeneration a priority. Into its fourth week now, the period saw Sadhguru zoom through Belgium, Germany, Vienna, and Slovakia. The stopover at Bonn, Germany, where he sat in a conversation with the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)’s Executive Secretary Ibrahim Thiaw amplified the message of the movement to the global audience.
Belgium vows to Save Soil
Earlier, capping off his eventful set of engagements in Paris, Sadhguru rode ahead on his 100-day journey to save soil and reached Brussels. He joined in a conversation with Patrizia Heidegger, Director for Global Policies and Sustainability at the European Environmental Bureau to discuss the movement. Referring to the success of the ozone fixing convention that was a single point agenda, Sadhguru explains that such a focused approach must be replicated to save soil. To harness the power of social media, he urged the audience to join as Earth buddies and spend 10-15 minutes everyday to talk about soil, to help reach the message to 3.5 billion people.
Sadhguru at UNCCD
At the premier UN agency, Sadhguru pointed out, “Most governments are still treating soil as an inert substance that you can manage by adding or subtracting chemicals. We first need the consciousness that we are dealing with life and not material. Soil is not a resource, it is the source of our life. Sadhguru and Mr. Ibrahim Thiaw agreed that land and soil restoration can be a simple and powerful solution to the key environmental challenges of today, including climate change, biodiversity loss and destruction of ecosystems.
At Fountain of Justice, Frankfurt, Germany
The Save soil movement aims to initiate policy-driven action to revitalise the soil and halt further degradation. Speaking at the iconic monument, Sadhguru urged the gathering to create artwork and to write letters to local representatives and heads of state around the world to save soil. Addressing soil as the unifying factor he said, “Soil is neither German, Indian or anything. When it comes to soil and ecology our national border means nothing. Our race, religion, all kind of distinctions that we have invented to separate people means nothing when it comes to soil.”
En route to Bratislava, Slovakia
Sadhguru arrived in Bratislava and received a heartwarming welcome from the crowd. Romana Tabak, a Member of the National Council of the Slovak Republic, invited Sadhguru to be her guest at the Parliament. Sadhguru met Martin Kovac, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Agriculture alongside Romana Tabak and presented them with the Soil Revitalization Handbook. In an interview with National Geographic, Hungary Sadhguru emphasised that soil and ecology should become the concern of every political party.
The Save Soil movement seeks to activate and demonstrate citizen support across nations and empower governments to initiate policy-driven action to revitalise the soil and halt further degradation. The movement has prepared documents on soil-friendly guidelines for 192 countries. Separate documents have been prepared taking each country’s latitude, climatic conditions, soil type, agricultural tradition and economic parameters into consideration.