Isha Foundation founder Sadhguru on Monday launched the global Score for Soil campaign to observe World Soil Day. At the launch in Bengaluru, Sadhguru told that every five seconds, the world loses one football field value of soil.
During the launch event, Sadhguru said, “This footballing season, I want you to understand, every five seconds we are losing one football field worth of soil. It’s becoming a desert. In the last 25 years, we have lost 10% of this planet (soil) to desertification.”
The campaign was launched against the backdrop of the FIFA World Cup, the #ScoreForSoil campaign promotes people to put up a video on social media of their best football shot and #ScoreForSoil in support of the ongoing Save Soil movement.
While interacting with the media post the launch, Sadhguru said, “The most significant aspect right now is the narrative on the planet has shifted… When we started there was so much skepticism, but right now I have no doubt that soil regenerative policies across the world will definitely happen. Right now my concern is only the pace. To keep the pace all of you must keep the voice up in many different ways so that the pace is kept.”
Sadhguru further added, “Right now, many of the chronic ailments and mental illnesses are very directly linked to the lack of micronutrients present in the food that we are consuming. There was a time when simply getting food was important. Now a time has come we have to term this where quality food is important – just food is not important.”
To reverse the threat of soil extinction, we must come together as one force. In the richness of the soil is the vitality of our life. #WorldSoilDay #SaveSoil #SadhguruQuotes pic.twitter.com/4PQvJlWakW
— Sadhguru (@SadhguruJV) December 5, 2022
According to the Economics and Land Degradation (ELD) Initiative 2015, 52% of our planet’s agricultural soil has already been contaminated and is incapable of yielding. The food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) indicates crop yields could fall up to 50% in certain regions by 2050 due to climate change and soil extinction.
To boost awareness, Sadhguru, in March, undertook a 100-day, 30,000 km solo bike journey across 27 nations in Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and 11 Indian states.
International organizations that are leading the ecological steps, such as the International Union of Conservation of Nations (IUCN) and United Nations (UN) agencies – United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), World Food Programme (WFP) – and many others have come on board to associate with the movement.