Madikeri: The conservation of water bodies can reduce the occurrence of natural disasters, said ISHA Foundation founder and spiritual guru Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev.
Sadhguru's bike rally reached Madikeri after his "Cauvery Calling" agroforestry initiative was launched from Talacauvery (origin of the Cauvery River) on Tuesday, September 3.
Speaking on the occasion, Sadhguru said, "Lately, people have been suffering due to the heavy rains. There is a lack of efforts in rainwater harvesting and replenishing the groundwater table. This is the reason why people are suffering from either floods or drought."
"These disasters can be avoided by planting more trees," he added.
Sadhguru also mentioned that the natural disasters witnessed by the Kodagu district were due to man-made reasons and said that everyone should care about the environment in this context.
"Cauvery Calling is a bike rally from Talacauvery to Poompuhar in Tamil Nadu. It is an initiative to educate farmers and the general public about the importance of planting trees," he said.
Commenting on the awareness campaign, Udupi-Chikkamagaluru MP Shobha Karandlaje said, "Everyone should care about conserving the Cauvery River."
She also added that both the central and state government were supporting Sadhguru's campaign.
MLA K G Bopiah said, "The people of Kodagu district care about the environment. They are ready to co-operate as the issue is directly linked to natural disasters and the consequent hardships that they have to face."
Movie stars join bike rally
Sandalwood actors Rakshitha Shetty, Diganth, and Big Boss winner Shashi Kumar joined the bike rally along with 25 others. The rally was flagged off at Talacauvery and passed through Bhagmandala before reaching Madikeri. Sadhguru performed a puja and prayed to the Cauvery goddess before commencing the bike rally from Talacauvery.
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