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Students 4 Soil

Students 4 Soil

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We are excited that you want to be part of the Save Soil Movement. In this Resource Kit you will find all the resources you need to educate yourself and also share with others. Here are some simple steps that you can do:

  1. Like, Follow and Share our #SaveSoil posts on social media
  2. Join thousands of people in the free and live events coming to Europe Conscious Planet Events →
  3. Get inspired by the list of Activity Ideas to see what action you can make on the ground

We look forward to your participation.  Do not forget to use #SaveSoil… a simple step to show your support.  

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FAQ
What is the Conscious Planet – Save Soil movement?

Conscious Planet – Save Soil is a unique global movement, uniting world leaders, visionaries, influencers and 3.5 billion people behind a common purpose – to Save Soil. Across the globe, soil is dying.

The United Nations says the world only has about 60 years of harvests left before cultivable soil becomes desert.

Conscious Planet – Save Soil is an effort to address this degeneration of soil, by inspiring at least 3.5 billion people (60% of the world’s electorate), to support long-term government policies to revitalize soil.

Why 3.5 billion people?

In democracies, governments craft policies based on what the majority of people want. Currently, 5.26 billion people in the world live in democratic countries, i.e., they have the right to vote and elect their governments. If a majority of the population in each of these nations demands policies to revitalize soil, governments cannot ignore the issue.

If 3.5 billion people (60% of 5.26 billion) voice their concerns, it will lead to policy changes around the world, in turn, setting the stage for a comprehensive solution to revitalize soil.

Who is part of this movement?

Millions of people, including hundreds of scientists, celebrities, policy experts, and spiritual leaders, have joined this movement to save soil. Some of the global influencers who have shown their support are:

● Jane Goodall, English natural scientist & primatologist ● His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama ● Marc Benioff, Founder and CEO, Salesforce ● Klaus Schwab, Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum ● Tom Brady, Seven-time Super Bowl champion, American Football ● Deepak Chopra, Author & Founder of Chopra Global ● How will supporting this movement help the planet?

All of the greatest ecological and social challenges of our time – biodiversity loss, food and water scarcity, global warming, poverty – are intimately linked to the health of soil. Without revitalizing soil, none of these issues can be holistically addressed.

Dying soil is responsible for 86% of biodiversity loss on the planet. Water scarcity is a result of degraded soil being unable to absorb water. Food of course, cannot grow unless soil is healthy.

Unhealthy soil is one of the largest contributors to climate change. Whereas healthy soil can actually absorb and remove almost 40% of humanity’s greenhouse gas emissions. And 74% of the global poor live in rural areas, mostly dependent on agriculture. There poverty is tied to the soil dying out. But despite soil extinction being one of the greatest ecological threats that humanity faces, it is also the most ignored. Supporting this movement is a way to ensure that global citizens and governments turn their focus and efforts to revitalizing soil, and therefore solving several ecological and social crises in the process. With the participation of 3.5 billion citizens, or 60% of the world’s voting population, together we can make this happen.

Is this relevant only for people owning farmlands? How can others contribute towards improving the state of soil?

This movement is relevant to every one of us, as our future and that of future generations depends on how we take care of soil today. 95% of our food comes from soil. Soil is also the source for medicines, clothes, books, art works, furniture and much more. As Sadhguru says, the very human body is just Living Soil.

The Conscious Planet - Save Soil movement aims to make “Save Soil” the talk of the planet. Only when huge masses of people show that they care about soil and demand policies to save soil, will governments take the necessary actions to bring about policy changes.

You can contribute to the movement by making sure that at least 10 more people are informed and inspired about this movement. You can start by talking to your family and friends. You can also reach out to schools, colleges, corporates, etc., and raise awareness about the movement. You can also join the movement by signing up as an “Earth Buddy” at ConsciousPlanet.org. Volunteers will then guide you on how to get involved in making the whole world talk about soil!

How much soil is already degraded?

Worldwide, 52% of agricultural soil is already degraded, and an acre of soil turns into sand every second. According to the UN Food & Agricultural Organization, the world could run out of cultivable soil in 60 years. For soil to be able to support healthy crops, it must have at least 3% organic content. But here are some statistics from across the world: ● 62% of the land in India has less than 0.5% of organic carbon. ● The US has lost 50% of its topsoil. ● 74% of the soil in southern European agricultural nations has less than 2% organic carbon. ● Up to 65% of land in Africa that could have been used for agriculture is degraded, while desertification affects 45% of the continent’s land area. ● 45% of croplands in South America and 74% in Mexico and Central America are degraded.

If this crisis is crucial and threatening for us, why has it been overlooked all this time?

Many scientists and concerned organizations have been talking about the crisis of soil extinction over the past several years. To read more about what they have said, visit: https://www.consciousplanet.org/what-science-says/ However, the issue has not entered the public consciousness as yet. The Save Soil movement seeks to ensure that a large segment of the public becomes aware of how severe the soil situation is, and what they can do to make the needed government action happen.

Is ‘Conscious Planet’ only about soil?

Conscious Planet will be focusing on the ‘Save Soil’ movement for the next several months, given how crucial this issue is.

How can I support this movement?

To make a meaningful contribution to the Conscious Planet – Save Soil movement, you can join us as an Earth Buddy. This is a commitment to spend as little as 10 minutes a day and contribute towards a global impact. You can do this by:

● Sharing facts and insights about soil with your friends and family ● Participating in on-the-ground and online events ● Coming up with your own creative ideas to engage people in the conversation about soil

Register as an Earth Buddy by visiting our Join the Movement page on www.consciousplanet.org

You can also join the Save Soil Community on the website. If you have any creative ideas, please share them on the Ideas portal of the website.

What is the solution to this issue? Is organic farming the only way forward?

The fundamental requirement is to increase organic matter in soil to at least 3%. There are several solutions to achieve this. The solutions depend on several factors such as soil type, latitude, climate, traditional practices and much more. Accordingly, an array of solutions will be presented through a draft policy document that will be made available to all nations of the world.

My organization would like to partner with this cause. How can we go about it?

It would be wonderful to have your organization come on board. Please email us at corporate.europe@consciousplanet.org. A volunteer will get in touch with you to guide you on how to take this forward.

Why is Sadhguru best poised to initiate the Conscious Planet – Save Soil movement?

Sadhguru has launched several initiatives over the years, which are powerful examples of bringing together all segments of society to create lasting, sustainable solutions for ecological and social issues. These initiatives have garnered the support of millions of people, as well as governments, global bodies, grassroots organizations and eminent public figures.

Some of these initiatives are:

Isha Foundation

• 11 million volunteers, 300 centers worldwide • Observer Status at UN Environment • UNCCD Accredited • Consultative status at UN Economic and Social Council Rally for Rivers • Supported by 162 million people • Largest ecological movement of its kind • Part of UN Climate Action Compendium of Nature-based Solutions

Cauvery Calling

• On-ground action with 125,000 farmers so far • Facilitated planting of 62 million saplings

Isha Outreach

• Free medical support for 11.3 million rural people • Education for over 9000 underprivileged rural students • India’s highest environmental award – Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskar • Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puraskar from President of India

The Conscious Planet movement aims to take the proven model of mass citizen participation that Sadhguru has pioneered, to a global level.

What has been the outcome of Rally for Rivers and Cauvery Calling?

Rally for Rivers (RfR) is a movement to save India’s lifelines – its rivers. Launched in 2017 by Sadhguru to revitalize India’s rapidly depleting rivers, the campaign garnered the support of over 162 million people. Today, it is the world’s largest people-driven ecological movement. It has helped in the formulation of government policy for river revitalization and is now focused on rapid implementation of the solution through detailed studies and on-the-ground action in several states.

Rally for Rivers provided a dramatic impetus to the scaling up of Isha’s 23-year grassroot work, now being implemented as Cauvery Calling. Cauvery Calling is the world’s largest farmer-driven ecological movement promoting tree-based agriculture on private farmlands in the Cauvery river basin spanning 83,000 sq km in the southern Indian states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. It seeks to simultaneously solve three of the most critical, long-term problems that face India –dwindling soil fertility, increasing water scarcity and the impoverished state of millions of farmers.

Cauvery Calling has successfully supported the planting of over 62 million saplings by over 125,000 farmers who now practice tree-based agriculture and benefit from significant improvement in their soil quality, produce quality, and in turn, their income. Using this as a model, the Indian government is chalking out plans to revitalize 13 more rivers.

Despite the pandemic, the Cauvery Calling project supported over 25,000 farmers to plant 11 million saplings in 2020 and 2021. During this time, 890 rural youth were trained as Mara Mitras (friends of trees) to take the movement to every village around Karnataka’s Cauvery basin. It also launched Cauvery Koogu, a state- of- the- art mobile app to help Mara Mitras educate farmers about government schemes and register their sapling demand. In 2022 alone, the app registered a demand for 20 million saplings. Seeing the project’s success in the 9 districts of its operations, the Karnataka government recently requested that Cauvery Calling be taken to all 31 districts in Karnataka.

Cauvery Calling has also produced the largest network of organically produced saplings in the country. With 32 nurseries, 10 million tree saplings are organically produced every year.

Both Rally for Rivers and Cauvery Calling have earned accreditations by international bodies such as the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, UN Environment and IUCN.

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