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Save Soil! Massive awareness campaign marks World Earth Day across Karnataka

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Bengaluru : On Earth Day, thousands of people from over 80 Indian cities came out from their homes early in the morning to #ConnectWithSoil as part of Save Soil – a global movement that is bringing the world’s focus on rapid soil extinction.

People lined up with Save Soil placards at iconic and bustling locations like Lalbagh, Agara Lake, JP Park, Vidhana Soudha, WhiteField-InnerCircle of Bengaluru and other prominent places in various cities and towns of India to generate awareness about the urgent need to fix the soil that is fast losing its organic content.

Walkathon near Vidhana Soudha

Additionally, an Walkathon was held opposite the Vidhana Soudha by the volunteers of SaveSoil movement and government officials.

The Walkathon was organised by the Nehru Youth Center under the Ministry of Sports and saw participation by IAS , IPS officers. 

At Agara lake
In their own unique ways, people were seen reaching out and educating the public about the cause and the need for immediate attention towards dying soil. While some walked bare feet, some applied mud on the face, some performed jig on the Soil Anthem, some dressed up as soilman/woman, some performed nukkad natak, some sang and others planted saplings.
The movement caught up people’s interest in a massive way and many celebrities, influencers were also seen endorsing the cause.

“The yield of our crop is going down every year as the soil is losing its nourishment capacity. This is alarming,” said a farmer from Bengaluru.

The clarion call of Save Soil was given by Sadhguru, Founder-Isha Foundation, last month and he is currently on a 100-day lone motorcycle journey from UK to India, riding for 30,000 km, meeting citizens, leaders and experts to take the message of Save Soil to 3.5 Billion people – 60% of the world’s electorate.

The whole effort is geared towards supporting leaders of all nations to institute national policies and actions toward bringing back at least 3-6% organic content in the soil.

The alarm bells are ringing as our soil is facing extinction. According to the United Nations, 90% of Earth’s Soils could be degraded by 2050 unless we act now.

The UN Food And Agriculture Organisation estimates that we only have 60 years of soil left. It also reports that 52% of the world’s agricultural soils are already degraded. The World Economic Forum estimates that food production could fall by 40% in 20 years if soil extinction is not prevented.
In India alone, 62% of India’s soil has an organic content of less than 0.5%. The global movement to Save Soil is thus most crucial in these times.
– Team Mysoorunews 

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