Rally For Rivers : A Limelight
Hello there! Shhh..Can you hear the soft wailing of rivers in India?
No? Gracious! You are hard of hearing..
But.. but you can see the almost dead corpse of the rivers, isn’t it?
Umm.. No? Oh goodness! You mean, you are.. Blind?
We all have closed our eyes and turned a deaf ear to the atrocities being committed on our rivers. We fight for clean drinking water, yet refuse to treat the foul smelling rivers; we fight for ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ yet leave our rivers to die.
RALLY FOR RIVERS
Started in 2017 by Isha Foundation, Rally for Rivers is led by Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev. The main aim of the rally is to increase the water flow in rivers through tree plantation and a mutual support from the public and the government.
Why do we need to worry?
Rivers fulfill 65% of water requirements in India. However, with growing population and harmful human activities, parts of India are fast approaching desertification. In a fact sheet presented by the campaign, Rally for Rivers, it is revealed that perennial rivers are fast changing into seasonal rivers. While Kaveri and Narmada have lost 60% of its original flow, Ganga is on the verge of extinction. This has already given rise to floods and draughts and an aggravation of water-conflicts in various states of India.
Rally for Rivers aims to tackle the situation by increasing tree cover around one kilometer of the riverside. It urges the farmers to shift towards tree planation through crop plantation. Trees will help manage groundwater, reduce the chances of floods and draughts and will prevent soil erosion.
For this plan to become successful, it needs active support from farmers, corporates, government and citizens of India. It puts forward an idea where farmers can earn through various commercial products provided by tree plantation and the government can motivate them by providing monetary incentives. Moreover, a company can collaborate with farmers to regulate its green print and fulfill its social responsibility. This way an active support from different the sectors of the society will help in river rejuvenation.
A committee, consisting of members from Tamil Nadu Agricultural University along with twenty five other scientists, will submit its future plans for river revitalisation, on October2, 2017. The plan aims to involve various stakeholders.
Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev is travelling from Kanyakumari to Himalayas to create awareness about the campaign. Initiated in Coimbatore on September3, 2017, the drive covers various cities such as Madurai, Puducherry, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Lucknow, Jaipur and Delhi.
Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath extended his supported towards the campaign and said “Before the 2019 Prayag Ardhkumbh, not even a single drain or garbage will flow into the River Ganga…a large work plan has got underway to ensure this..”
Our rivers are dying and there is an immediate need to stop any further harm. So, what are we waiting for? Will science come up with another brilliant invention and start ‘manufacturing’ water? How can we even think of our survival if we continue to destroy our rivers?