A "Soilmate" for the Dalai Lama
WADDINXVEEN, The Netherlands, May 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
Dalai Lama endorses Save Our Soils campaign
On Monday 12th May the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibet, accepted a "Soilmate" that was offered to him by Volkert Engelsman, CEO of Eosta/Nature & More and initiator of the international Save Our Soils campaign. The event took place at the 'Education of the Heart' symposium in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The Dalai Lama confirmed that saving fertile soils should be one of the prime concerns of mankind and later called on the youth in the audience to help with this task. The United Nations have proclaimed the year 2015 as the International Year of Soils.
Already in 2002, the Dalai Lama acknowledged that soil erosion may be a bigger threat to mankind than the destructive power of weapons. "There are other almost imperceptible changes - I am thinking of the exhaustion of our natural resources, and especially of soil erosion - which are perhaps more dangerous still, because once we begin to feel their repercussions it will be too late" the Dalai Lama stated in The little book of inner peace.
As Volkert Engelsman handed over the Save Our Soils campaign symbol, a box of organic tomatoes with compost and basil seeds, he thanked the Dalai Lama for his early stance on saving soils: 'Restoring life in soils on a large scale will require a journey of kindred souls. Thank you for guiding us on this journey and for being a true soilmate!' The spiritual leader smilingly accepted the gift and stated that compassion is needed for our living environment. Volkert Engelsman was one of the speakers in the symposium, which explored the mind shift that is needed in education to achieve a more sustainable world.
The Save Our Soils campaign aims to make consumers aware of the need for saving fertile soils worldwide. The campaign was initiated by Eosta, a leading European distributor of organic fruits and vegetables, together with the FAO and more than 60 international partners. Vandana Shiva is the international campaign ambassador. Currently 30 football field of soil are lost every minute due to soil degradation, UN reports have stated.