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World Environment Day: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses ‘Save Soil’ Programme organised by Isha Foundation

World Environment Day: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses ‘Save Soil’ Programme organised by Isha Foundation

June 05, 2022

“Key programmes of the last 8 years carry an insistence on environment protection"

- Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi

On the occasion of World Environment Day (5th June 2022), Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the ‘Save Soil’ program organized by Isha Foundation. At the time when India is celebrating Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav to celebrate and commemorate 75 years of Independence, the Prime Minister acknowledged key schemes and programs that were focused on environmental protection in the last 8 years.

Several programs by the Indian Government such as Swachh Bharat Mission, ethanol blending initiatives, and waste to wealth are examples of multi-dimensional environment-friendly initiatives.

Speaking on the issue of climate change, Prime Minister Modi said that India’s role in climate change is negligible as compared to other large modern countries. He also pointed out that the average carbon footprint of the world is about 4 tons per person per annum, while India’s is just 0.5 tons per annum. However, India is actively working towards protecting the environment.

He said that India is already preparing a long-term plan to collaborate with other international communities and organizations such as like International Solar Alliance, and Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure and will work collectively towards protecting the environment.

Prime Minister Modi further emphasized that to protect and save the soil, India is focusing on five main things:

  • How to make soil chemical-free
  • How to save Soil Organic Matter - the organisms that live in the soil.
  • How to increase the availability of water in the soil and ways to maintain soil moisture.
  • How to remove the damage caused to soil due to scarce amounts of groundwater.
  • How to stop soil erosion happening due to deforestation.

Prime Minister Modi said that the government is coming up with new initiatives in the agriculture sector to streamline the problems related to soil. Several campaigns such as giving soil health cards to the farmers are being launched that will give them more information about the deficiencies in the soil and types of soil along with other knowledge.

The Hon’ble Prime Minister also acknowledged several campaigns of water conservation that are being introduced by the government. He said that biodiversity and wildlife-related policies that are being followed have led to a huge improvement in wildlife numbers.

Be it a tiger, lion, or elephant, the numbers of all these animals have been increasing significantly. He also gave the example of initiatives like Goberdhan Yojana that are boosting farmers’ income and soil health programs as well.

Regarding the importance of natural farming, Prime Minister Modi added that natural farming is the solution to most problems. He backed his words by talking about the 2022 budget, where the Government has decided to boost the process of natural farming for those villages that are situated on the banks of the Ganga river. He added that the government is working towards the goal of restoring 26 million hectares of land by 2030.

PM Modi also disclosed some achievements of the country by saying, “India has achieved the target of sourcing 40% of our installed power generation capacity from non-fossil-fuel nine years ahead of schedule. Solar energy capacity has increased by 18 times and policies like Hydrogen Mission and Circular economy-related policies, scrappage policy is examples of our commitment to environment protection”.

Ethanol blending is a process that is aimed to reduce a country's dependence on crude oil imports, which would cut down carbon emissions and will boost farmers’ income as well. Talking about another achievement of the country, he added that India has already achieved the target of 10 percent ethanol blending, 5 months before the scheduled date. He said that in 2014, ethanol blending was just at 1.5 percent. The benefits of this achievement are:

‘Save the soil’ is a global movement started by the Isha Foundation to increase awareness and improve the condition of deteriorating soil health. Sadhguru started this movement in March 2022, which embarks on a 100-day motorcycle journey across 27 countries. Click here to know more about it.