Assam today signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Isha Outreach to preserve 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 Save Soil Movement, exchanged memoranda of understanding on the first day of the Assam Government’s three-day Chintan Shivir at Kaziranga in Assam.
In his speech in the Shivir, Sadhguru proposed the state to design a unique development plan that is contrary to that followed by other states by utilizing the state’s great natural heritage. Drawing attention to the tourism potential of the state, Sadhguru argued: “The abundance of life around us (Assam) is the greatest investment. Finding a place in the world today will slowly see over the years where people can just go and listen to the sounds of nature and live peacefully will become the biggest attraction in the world.”
Noting the migration of northeastern populations to other parts of the country, Sadhguru urged assemblies 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 right things in terms of education, tourism, whatever other small industries, software industry, other things that don’t burden nature, if you create things like that, within four years you can create a state where all want to live.”
“A lot of people argue economy versus ecology. There is no such thing. Ecology is the basis of our economy. Ecology is the basis of the life we are,” added Sadhguru, speaking about the urgent need to save the soil – the very source from which we get 95% of our food.
Sadhguru also presented the Chief Minister with the Save Soil Policy Handbook, which provides practical, scientific solutions that governments can put into action based on a particular nation’s soil type, latitude and agricultural traditions.
Ministers, MLAs and senior officials attended the Chintan Shivir. Shri Paban Kumar Barthakur, Chief Secretary of Assam, was also present at the event along with other state bureaucrats.
Prime Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma welcomed Sadhguru to the Chintan Shivir and tweeted: “I am delighted to welcome Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev ji to the inauguration of the three-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 as we chart a roadmap for Assam’s holistic development by 2022.
Had the privilege of signing a memorandum of understanding with Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev ji on the Save Soil movement he led @ishafoundation.
— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) September 24, 2022
Globally, 82 countries have pledged to save soil from extinction and Assam today joined 9 other Indian states in signing memoranda of understanding to save soil in their states. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) predicts that crop yields in certain regions could fall by up to 50% by 2050 due to climate change and soil dieback. Faced with the existential threat the dying soil faces, in March Sadhguru embarked on a 100-day, 30,000km solo bicycle journey through 27 nations in Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East before culminating in India.
The global Save the Land movement was launched by Sadhguru in March this year to draw the world’s attention to saving the dying land. The movement calls on nations to mandate 3-6% organic content in agricultural soils worldwide through politically motivated initiatives. This is the minimum level of organic matter required to keep the soil fertile and productive and not turn to sand.
Conscious Planet: Save Soil is a global movement designed to inspire a conscious approach to saving our soil and our planet. This is primarily a people’s movement. The movement demonstrated the support of over 3.9 billion people (more than 60% of the world’s voting population) around the world, empowering governments to take politically motivated action to revitalize the land and halt further degradation. World leaders, influencers, artists, experts, farmers, spiritual leaders, NGOs and citizens are loudly supporting the movement to restore humanity’s relationship with soil.