London’s Parliament Square was the flag’s departure point for environmentalist Sadhguru’s 30,000km motorcycle ride as he set out on his Save Soil awareness campaign across Europe and the Middle East en route to India.
The 64-year-old yoga guru donned his cycling gear for the 100-day tour ahead, which will take him to Amsterdam, Berlin and Prague over the course of this week on a BMW K1600 GT motorcycle.
After a series of events planned in key cities along the way, he is aiming for a 75-day homecoming in New Delhi in honor of India’s 75th year of independence.
“It is extremely important that we act now. I have been talking about this for over 24 years, but there can only be a solution if there are positive policies in every country,” Sadhguru told reporters from India’s High Commission here before speaking. set out on his journey. bicycle tour.
“It’s still snowing in many parts of Europe and we go through it on a two-wheeler. At this age it’s not really a fun ride. So why am I doing this? Because over 300,000 farmers have committed suicide in the last 20 years. Not only in India, all over the world this is happening… one of the biggest concerns is soil depletion,” he said.
Launched as part of the spiritual leader’s Conscious Planet initiative, the Save Soil Movement aims to focus the world’s attention on dying soil and growing desertification.
The focus is on getting countries to adopt national policies to increase the organic content in cultivated land.
“Whether on the cricket ground or the field of life, if we want to play well, the ground has to be good. Time to come together and turn things around. Let’s make it happen,” he said during a visit at the iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground for an interaction with Middlesex Cricket Club (MCC) as part of the UK leg of his tour.
The campaign, supported by the World Food Program and the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, calls on policymakers around the world to make soil restoration a priority.
“No matter how much wealth, education and money we have, our children cannot live well unless we restore the soil and water. Conscious Planet is the only way forward,” said Sadhguru, whose full name is Jagadish Vasudev, at the University of Birmingham. last week.
Its solitary motorcycle journey ends in time for the summer solstice on June 21 at the Cauvery Calling project, which will allow the planting of 2.42 billion trees on private farmlands in the Cauvery River Basin to restore the severely depleted river and renew the soil. to breathe life into.
According to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), more than 90 percent of the Earth could be affected by 2050, leading to catastrophic crises worldwide, including food and water shortages, droughts and famines, adverse climate changes, mass migrations and unprecedented rate of extinction of species.
The Save Soil campaign aims to inspire at least 3.5 billion people, or 60 percent of the global electorate, to support long-term government policies to revitalize soils and stem its depletion.