Atlanta, GA, June 29, 2022: On a bright and sunny Father’s Day weekend of June 18-19th, over 16,000 people from all walks of life joined together in over sixty cities across North and South America to walk for Soil! Walkers of every age and background, enjoying a 1K to 5K stroll to create awareness of a silently brewing crisis: soil degradation.
Mayors, State Officials, local physicians, business CEOs and musicians were there to flag-off the event. In Atlanta, the three guests included Michelle Wiseman, Director of Waste Diversion and Outreach for the City of Atlanta, Dr. Lucky Jain, Chairman of Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine; Chief Academic Officer at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Eugene Cooke, Founder of Grow Where you are.
In a warm-spirited welcome Wiseman emphasized on soil being the basis of everything and mentioned that we can’t have access to clean air, clean water, fresh & healthy food without healthy soil.
Many local businesses, associations, museums, restaurants, and health-food stores partnered with the Save Soil movement to bring a spotlight on the significance of soil to the local community. Here in Atlanta, Mayor’s Office of Resilience, Fernbank Museum, Trees Atlanta, Grant Park Neighborhood Association & Khabar magazine officially partnered with Save Soil movement to bring about awareness of soil health.
All food comes from a single source: the soil. Frequently likened to a thin layer of skin covering the earth, soil contains an ecosystem of innumerable species that anchor all life on the planet. Simply put, without soil, growing food for human consumption would be impossible.
However, over the past 150 years, more than half of all planetary soil has been lost. Currently, 50% of U.S. soil and 75% of European soil lacks sufficient organic content. It is predicted by scientists that by 2045, the world’s population will grow to 9.3 billion people, yet the world will produce 40% less food than it is producing now.
Save Soil, an initiative launched by global leader and visionary Sadhguru, is a worldwide effort to reach and educate over 3.5 billion people around the globe, by rallying citizen support and advocating policies that support soil health.
The support that this movement has received worldwide has been overwhelming. Sadhguru now has comprehensive documents to support policy changes for 193 nations. The movement has reached over 3 billion people and over 74 nations have offered their support for policy changes. The movement is also supported by global institutions such as UN Climate Change, UNESCO, World Food Programme and Food Agriculture Organization.
At Grant Park Gateway, people from all walks of life came together in expression of support to the Save Soil movement. Celebrating the Save Soil walk, people danced along the way, kids created fun artwork. Joy Black played some mesmerizing violin tunes on the occasion adding to the ambiance.
The approach of this movement has been unique in that it fosters involvement through inclusiveness, joy and inspiration. By mobilizing people now, change is possible and we can make it happen by coming together as one voice. Visit savesoil.org to learn more.