Assam CM signs MoU with Sadhguru on ‘Save Soil’ movement

Assam today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Isha Outreach to conserve soil in the state, becoming the 10th Indian state to officially join the Global Movement to Save Soil. Shri Himanta Biswa Sarma, Chief Minister of Assam, and Sadhguru, Founder of Save Soil Movement, exchanged MoUs on the first day of the Government of Assam’s three-day Chintan Shivir at Kaziranga in Assam .

Speaking at the Shivir, Sadhguru suggested that the state come up with a unique development plan unlike that followed by other states, taking advantage of the state’s great natural heritage. Pointing to the tourism potential of the state, Sadhguru said, “The abundance of life around us (Assam) is the greatest investment. Finding a place today in the world, slowly over the years you will see where people can just go and listen to natural sounds and live peacefully will become the biggest attraction in the world.

Noting the migration of people from the northeast to other parts of the country, Sadhguru called on the rallies to look beyond GDP and focus on making it a place where people want to live. “You have the natural elements in place. If you do some good things in terms of education, tourism, any other small industry, software industry, other things that don’t affect nature, if you create those kinds of things, in four years, you can create a state where everyone wants to live.

“Many people oppose economy to ecology. There is no such thing. Ecology is the foundation of our economy. Ecology is the very foundation of the life that we are, Sadhguru added speaking of the urgent need to save the soil, the very source from which we get 95% of our food.

Sadhguru also handed over to the Chief Minister the Soil Safeguard Policy Manual, which offers practical and science-based solutions that governments can implement depending on the soil type, latitudinal positions and agricultural traditions of a given nation. .

The Chintan Shivir saw the participation of its ministers, deputies and senior officials. Shri Paban Kumar Barthakur, Chief Secretary of Assam along with other state bureaucrats were also present at the event.

Welcoming Sadhguru to Chintan Shivir, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma tweeted, “Happy to welcome Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev ji to the inauguration of the 3-day Chintan Shivir in Kaziranga. I hope the wisdom of @SadhguruJV will help us set the right tone for Chintan Shivir and deliver the desired benefits in laying out a holistic development roadmap for Assam by 2022.

Globally, 82 countries have pledged to save soils from extinction and Assam today joined 9 other Indian states that have signed MoUs to save soils in their states. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) predicts that crop yields could drop by up to 50% in some regions by 2050 due to climate change and soil extinction. Understanding the existential threat from the death of the soil, Sadhguru embarked on a 100-day, 30,000 km solo cycling journey in March through 27 countries in Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East before culminating in India.

The global movement to save the soil was started by Sadhguru in March this year to draw the world’s attention to saving the dying soil. The movement urges nations to mandate 3-6% organic matter content in agricultural soils around the world through policy-driven initiatives. It is the minimum organic matter content required to keep the soil fertile and capable of yielding and to prevent it from turning into sand.

Conscious Planet: Save Soil is a global movement to inspire a conscious approach to saving our soil and our planet. It is above all a popular movement. The movement has demonstrated the support of more than 3.9 billion people (more than 60% of the global voting population) worldwide and empowers governments to initiate political action to revitalize soils and halt 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.

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