Imphal, Dec 18:
Global warming, pollution, deforestation – these are all well-known aspects of the environmental crisis that we face right now. With theme to protect the environment a cycle rally was staged today starting from Sangai Express Office at Sega Road here in Imphal and after riding till Maiba Lokpa Ching and finally concluded at THAU Ground in Thangmeiband.
Many young environment lovers and activists attended the cycle ride which spread awareness about the preservation of degrading soil.
An environment lover participating the cycle ride said, “Yet, very few have noticed the elephant in the room: soil degradation. This is the most immediate challenge before us. All terrestrial life, including ours, is sustained by just a few inches of topsoil. For the extremely fragile life that we are, our actions have been too reckless and whimsical, raining unprecedented damage upon this precious resource”.
According to the United Nations (UN), we may have only 60 years of cultivable soil left. We are losing one acre of fertile soil every second. This means in the near future, agriculture will not yield sufficient food for human populations. We are quietly but surely speeding towards disastrous famines on a global scale. The good news is that we can reverse this catastrophe if we act now. Conscious Planet’s Save Soil Movement is an effort to awaken citizens around the world to the state of soil, and urge their governments to frame and execute the necessary policies to regenerate soil.
“The movement is to address the soil crisis by bringing people from around the world to stand up for soil health , and supporting leaders of all nations to institute national policies and actions towards increasing the organic content in cultivable soil. From food crisis to water scarcity to loss of biodiversity, to climate change , to loss of livelihood, everything revolves around soil”, a cycle rider said.