Isha Foundation’s Cauvery Calling rally begins; 242cr trees to be planted in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu

Talacauvery (Karnataka): A massive rally as a part of Cauvery Calling campaign to protect ecology was flagged off here. The rally will go all the way to Thiruvarur and culminate in Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu on September 18. The campaign is run by Isha Foundation under the direction of Jaggi Vasudev popularly known as Sadhguru.

This will be followed by action on the ground by supporting farmers to plant 242 crore trees in next 12 years, and thereby touch the lives of over 84 million people in Cauvery Basin in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

“If economy and ecology don’t go together, the ecology will go to hell,” said Sadhguru ahead of the launch of a rally. With a vision to revitalise the Cauvery river in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, the rally will be followed by a massive plantation exercise and bringing farmers on board for switching over to agro-forestry.

“Land is in the hands of farmers. Unless you make it a lucrative process for them, there is really no solution,” said Sadhguru while noting that he has actually been “officiating a marriage between economy and ecology” through people’s support.

During the rally, Sadhguru himself is riding a motorbike along with 25 other riders across the entire length of the river Cauvery. The idea behind the rally is to raise awareness about the urgency to revitalise the forest-fed river Cauvery.

There will be several large-scale public events and meetings at major cities and nearly a thousand farmer engagement programmes along the way.