Four Caribbean nations have signed a “Save Soil” memorandum with the Isha Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev Foundation, to raise global awareness of soil conservation. Machel Montano, the Trinbagonian singer and “King of Soca”, who has been instrumental in galvanizing Caribbean leadership to this movement, opened the event, pledging to use his music as “a platform for reach so many people with the essential message of saving Sol.”
The Conscious Planet initiative is a long-term global effort to raise awareness and inspire responsible human and environmental action. Recognizing the responsibility to children and future generations, Conscious Planet seeks to “raise the consciousness” of 3.5 billion people, make ecological issues electoral issues, and ensure a planet that sustains nature and all life. Save Soil is a global movement to tackle the soil crisis by inspiring people around the world to stand up for soil health A 30,000 kilometer motorcycle rally in 24 countries was organized through a combination of global media outreach, live events, meetings with government officials, as well as a 30,000 kilometer motorcycle rally.
Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne said he was “delighted to be part of this initiative to sign this Memorandum of Understanding with Conscious Planet as we support the Save Soil movement”.
“The problem of land degradation, which could potentially become land extinction, is a significant threat to the planet. More than 30 years ago, when climate change was identified as a significant threat, it was the small island states of the Caribbean who have been at the forefront of this fight It is instructive to note that, more than 30 years later, it is the small island states of the Caribbean who now seek to lead this process aimed at saving our soil from extinction,” he said.
Prime Minister Browne has won support from his Caribbean counterparts, including Prime Minister of Dominica Roosevelt Skerrit, Prime Minister of Saint Lucia Philip J Pierre and Prime Minister of Saint Kitts and Nevis Timothy Harris. The four heads of government spoke passionately about the importance of taking decisive action to regenerate and restore the world’s soils, with a clear commitment to put in place soil-friendly policies.
The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) predicts that land extinction could become a reality if land degradation continues at the current rate. Moreover, the FAO estimates that all the topsoil in the world could disappear in 60 years. By 2045, food production could drop by 40% as the population tops 9.3 billion. Soil extinction could lead to catastrophic crises around the world, including food and water shortages, droughts and famines, adverse climate change, mass migrations and unprecedented rates of species extinction .
Saint Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Timothy Harris expressed his congratulations “for bringing this initiative to the Caribbean region”, noting its “crucial importance to the sustainability of all life on Earth”.
Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit shared his “absolute support” for the Save Soil initiative, with the belief that “agriculture holds the promise of feeding society and all people. We must recognize that soil is actually the most important element on earth.
The Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, Philip J Pierre, said his country “is at a stage where we need to relaunch our agriculture” and that “this initiative will suit us very well”. He was joined by the country’s agriculture minister, Alfred P Prospere.
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