Arendalsuka 2022

Save Soil is a global movement launched by Indian spiritual leader Sadhguru

Humanity is facing many issues — economic challenges, lack of inclusion, disparity… Soil is an issue that we must attend to now, or we will regret it as a generation. Every scientific study is clearly pointing out that we have enough soil only for another 80 to 100 crops — 45 to 60 years maximum. In another 30 years’ time, there’s going to be a serious food crisis. That is inevitable, it’s going to happen. At the same time, our population will be over 9 billion.

Soil is a living entity: 87% of life on this planet is lived within the first 12 inches of soil, which is dying at an unimaginable rate, to a point where 80% of the insect biomass is already gone. That happened in the last 30 years. And they’re saying that by the end of the century, more than 50% of the bio-organisms or micro-organisms will be extinct. When that happens, you cannot revive the soil. So, if we act now, in the next 15 to 25 years, we can turn this around. If we act after 50 years, it will take 200 to 500 years to turn this around. To pull back one inch of topsoil normally takes 500 years.

The plan for the debate:

Welcome by Rina Sunder, founder, DMI
Conversation between Sadhguru and Erik Solheim, board member DMI

Debate with the following panelists:
Heidi Bade, Norad
Katrine Sund-Henriksen, CEO, Norwegian Forum for Development and Environment
Torleiv Næss Ugland, CEO, Terramarine AS
Ashish Sahu, Marketing Manager, Cambi AS
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