New Delhi: Sadhguru, founder of the Isha Foundation, which launched the Global Movement to Save Soils from Extinction in March this year, will address leaders from 195 nations at the 15th session of the Conference of the Parties ( COP15) at the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) as keynote speaker.
COP15 will be held in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, from May 9-20. The theme of the session is “Earth. Life. Legacy: From Scarcity to Prosperity”.
Sadhguru will speak on May 9-10 and urge heads of state to introduce political reforms in their countries to save the soil. COP15 should inspire member countries to take concrete action as the planet races against time to halt and reverse the rapid land degradation that could lead to global desertification and soil extinction.
Sadhguru is currently on a 100-day, 30,000 km solo motorcycle journey through Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East as part of the Save Soil Movement. He is meeting with world leaders, scientists, environmental organizations, soil experts and other stakeholders to push for urgent policy-driven action to save soil from extinction.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has warned that desertification could lead to a 40% drop in food production by 2045 even as the world’s population tops 9 billion. According to the UNCCD, if land degradation continues at the current rate, 90% of the planet could turn into desert by 2050 – in less than three decades.
The catastrophic impact of soil extinction includes global scarcity of food and water, increased frequency and intensity of extreme weather events and unprecedented mass migrations leading to brutal civil unrest around the world in a struggle for survival.
Since Sadhguru began his journey in London on March 21, the Save Soil movement has garnered global interest and support. The Movement is supported by world leaders, leading environmental organizations and scientists, soil experts and several United Nations bodies. Political parties and leaders from more than 70 countries have already pledged to save their country’s soils. Some have signed memorandums of understanding with the Save Soil Movement.
The main goal of the Save Soil movement is to urge nations to ensure that agricultural land contains a minimum of 3-6% organic content to keep it alive and productive. This will ensure global food and water security, mitigate the impact of climate change and protect biodiversity by halting species extinction.