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Teen Sahil Jha has cycled 2500 km with message to ‘’Save Soil”

Teen Sahil Jha has cycled 2500 km with message to Save Soil
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 Manipal: ‘Save soil’, an initiative by Sadhguru, founder of Isha Foundation, has inspired many, young and old alike. Across the globe, Isha volunteers are spreading Sadhguru’s message of saving soil. Sahil Jha, a 17-year young boy, a native of Bihar, has undertaken a lone cycle ride to spread this awareness among the people. Starting his journey from Kolkata, and covering a distance of 2500km over a period of 4.5 months, Mr Jha was in Udupi for a few days.

In this period, on 18th September 2022, he visited the Manipal Institute of Technology. He was welcomed by Dr (Cdr) Anil Rana, Director, Dr Somashekar Bhat, Joint Director, Dr Nagaraj Katagi, Associate Director (Student Welfare), Ashok Rao and Rathnakar Samanth, Security Officers, faculty, students and Isha volunteers. As a gesture of his visit, he planted a sapling. Followed by this, Jha addressed the gathering and shared his experience from the day he left his home. His journey will continue across India finally reaching back to Kolkata in an estimated 18-month time.

The event was coordinated by Dr Chandrakantha Bekal, Associate Professor, Dr Ravindra Mallya, Assistant Professor-Senior Scale, Department of Aeronautical & Automobile Engineering, Mangala K, Junior Research Fellow, Priyanshu Gupta, President, Student Council and Isha volunteers.

‘Save soil’ is a campaign initiated by Sadhguru, to spread the importance of organic-rich soil for current and future generations. The organic contents of the soil have drastically come down over the years due to excessive usage of chemical contents in farming. Lakhs of farmers have suffered from the non-fertility of soil. To bring back the organic contents of soils, there has to be a drastic change in policies of the government toward farming. Farmers needs to be given incentive for improving the organic contents of topsoil. For this to happen government needs to be influenced by people’s voices. Sadhguru, undertook a 100-day motorcycle ride starting from London, covering the majority of nations across Europe, Middle East Countries and finally all across India. Journey finally concluded in Coimbatore, covering a total of 30,000km. His journey was to sensitize various government heads, and influential people in power to take this issue seriously and to bring about policy change for improving soil health.

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