Hyderabad, Sep 2: Sadhguru, Founder of Isha foundation, would ride from Talacauvery in Bengaluru , on Tuesday, traversing the Cauvery basin, covering around 3500 kilometres in Bengaluru and Tamil Nadu, an official statement said here on Monday. This was to facilitate on-ground, concerted action in Cauvery basin for revitalisation of Cauvery River thereby transforming lives of 84 million people. According to the statement, Sadhguru, would be seen riding with a group of motorcyclists along the length of the river from its birthplace to its endpoint interspersed with events where he would address the public about 'Cauvery Calling' , in Coorg, Mysuru, Mandya, Bengaluru, Trichy, Thanjavur, Chennai, Thiruvarur among others.
The rally would culminate in Coimbatore. It is the second on-ground river revitalisation project launched by Isha Outreach. However, the first project was in Yavatmal district in Maharashtra to revitalise the Waghadi river. At the launch of the movement in July, Sadhguru said, 'Cauvery has been the source of well being, prosperity and the very source of life for these lands. A forest-fed perennial river is fast becoming a seasonal stream as 87 per cent of tree cover has been removed in 50 years'. 'Cauvery Calling' is a uniquely modelled project that primarily focuses on significantly enhancing farmer wealth while simultaneously impacting river flow and riverine ecosystems.
It would enable farmers in the Cauvery basin,spanning Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, to plant 242 crore trees in the Cauvery basin. The uniqueness of the afforestation program was that the trees were carefully selected based on local water, soil, and weather conditions and also on their commercial value and would be planted by farmers on their own farmland for economic returns. High-value tree crops would enhance farmer wealth by 300 to 800 per cent in a 5-7 year time span, the statement further said. Isha Outreach has successfully proven this model with 69,670 farmers in Tamil Nadu.
Several celebrities, sports persons, politicians, businesses and influencers have pledged their support for it. The movement has also received an overwhelming response from farmers and citizens. The state governments of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka have agreed to support farmers with subsidies to partially transition to tree-based agriculture on their lands. The policy-driven, community- led multi-stakeholder initiative would set the standard for river revitalisation efforts in the country. It would also become a replicable benchmark for sustainable development that promotes wealth creation along with nurturing the environment, thus proving that ecology and economy need not work against each other.
In the month of August, Cauvery Calling volunteers in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu undertook a massive on-ground farmer outreach program to educate farmers about the Cauvery Calling movement and enlist their support. Covering more than 6500 villages in the Cauvery basin across the two states, volunteers reached more than 2,70,000 farmers of whom over 1,24,000 signed up for partial, voluntary conversion of their farmland to tree-based agriculture. Citizens can contribute to the movement by donating trees to meet the ambitious plantation target of 242 crore trees. One tree costs Rs. 42. Contributions may be made on the Cauvery Calling website, the statement added. (UNI)