Lifetime Achievement Award presented to Sadhguru from Aqua Foundation
Award announced at World Aqua Congress inaugurated by Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat.
The 2019 edition of the World Aqua Congress hosted by Aqua Foundation conferred the Lifetime Achievement Award to Sadhguru, Founder, Isha Foundation, “for his contributions towards cause of environment.” The Award was announced yesterday at the World Aqua Congress which was inaugurated by Jal Shakti Minister Shri. Gajendra Singh Shekhawat. Shri. Vikramjiet Roy, a volunteer with Isha Foundation, received the award on behalf of Sadhguru from the Hon’ble Minister.
Sadhguru has launched mega environmental projects which are implemented by Isha Foundation. Since 2004, Isha Foundation has worked extensively in reversing climate change impact through Project GreenHands which has enabled over 2 million people to plant more than 35 million trees to reverse land degradation in Tamil Nadu. The program is structured to introduce green consciousness in schools and enrols up to 250 schools every year for a three-year program that equips students to establish their own herbal and kitchen gardens within their schools. It also teaches students to nurture and raise saplings and distribute them within the community.
Sadhguru has also launched several initiatives to improve farming practices that have had a direct impact on soil health and groundwater levels. Over the past 18 years, these programs have enabled 69,760 farmers to adopt agroforestry resulting in reduced use of chemical-based fertilizers which has greatly enriched the soil with nutrients, producing higher and healthier yields. It has also improved the soil’s capacity to hold water and significantly increased groundwater levels.
In 2017, Sadhguru launched the Rally for Rivers campaign to revitalize India’s dying rivers. Rally for Rivers launched a pilot in March this year in Maharashtra funded by the state government, to revitalize the Waghadi river in Yavatmal district. Isha Foundation has deployed several volunteers on ground to implement the project. Sadhguru launched the second Rally for Rivers project, Cauvery Calling, in July this year. The project will span a third of the Cauvery river basin in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The project is expected to reverse soil degradation in the river basin besides sequestering trillions of liters of water and reviving riverine biodiversity all of which is expected to restore Cauvery to her original flow levels.
Aqua Foundation, a non-governmental organization, has been organizing the international 'World Aqua Congress' since year 2007. The conference brings policymakers, researchers, academicians, industry, NGOs and other stakeholders on a common platform for meaningful deliberations and execution of projects. ‘Aqua Excellence Awards' is a key highlight of the 2-day conference. The awards are given to promote innovations and contributions in the field of water, environment and humanity.
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