Sadhguru, Founder of Isha Foundation will be a keynote speaker at the 14th Convention of Parties (COP) to United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in New Delhi from 2-13 September 2019.
He will speak on 10 September 2019 in a panel titled “A value-based approach” and interact with several UN officials at the COP14 Summit. Isha Foundation recently received UNCCD accreditation which gives it a voice in the global body’s efforts in addressing land degradation.
Sadhguru had spoken about soil crisis very often, including at the nationwide Rally for Rivers movement launched in 2017 and Project GreenHands which was launched in Tamil Nadu in 2004.
“India has about 160 million hectares of arable land. But nearly sixty percent of this soil is labelled as distressed soil. That means in another twenty five to thirty years’ time, we may not be able to grow the food that we need in this nation,” according to Sadhguru.
In July this year, Isha foundation launched Cauvery Calling, a movement to revive one of peninsular India’s major lifelines, river Cauvery, which has depleted nearly 40% since Independence.
According to Isha foundation, Cauvery Calling is a policy-driven, community-led initiative which will support farmers to plant 2.4 billion trees in the Cauvery basin. This will help the land retain trillions of liters of water, reversing desertification and significantly augmenting source flow levels enhancing food and water security for 84 million people.
UNCCD was established in 1994 to combat desertification globally. It is a convention of 197 parties work together to improve living conditions for people in dry lands, maintain and restore land and soil productivity, and mitigate the effects of drought.