Human civilization came into existence across the banks of rivers. Our habitation is possible by the virtue of the most fundamental component of earth, water. As the climate change haunts the entire planet, the depletion of fresh water bodies and its diabolical consequences stare us on our face. The results are ominous and potentially devastating, as inadequate access to water can cause notorious civil strife. India is slowly turning into a desert and some stark facts justify such claim.
Ganga, the national river is the most endangered in the world. Kaveri River has already lost 40% of its water; Krishna and Narmada have lost around 60%. This means that these rivers are not touching oceans always anymore. Perennial rivers have turned seasonal and it is on a diminishing trajectory.
Since major Indian states are deadlocked into inter-state disputes, the issue of river conservation is lost in the political propaganda. Fields are turning dry and droughts have obliterated agriculture produce altogether. Such mayhem costs thousands of lives every year and the numbers are alarming. Now is the time when an integrated and holistic campaign must spread awareness across the nation, touching the grassroots level.
Rally for Rivers is the breakthrough campaign spearheaded by Isha Foundation under Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev. He is himself driving from Kanyakumari to Himalayas from September 3 to October 2, 2017. He is the man who has undertaken the initiative to raise massive awareness about the dying rivers of India, suggesting ways of replenishment, and beseeching the Indian community to collaborate on individual level to save the nation from a potential catastrophe.
Sadhguru encourages a tree cover up to a depth of 1 km on either side of the river. It would act as a riparian buffer and conserve water. The forest trees on government land and fruit trees on farm land are to ensure that moisture in the soil and the air feeds the rivers throughout the year. This comprehensive technique if implemented with the engagement of authorities and systematic policy changes by the government would be transformation for river ecosystem. It is to protect the meandering rivers from getting extinct in near future. This reminds us of a wise man who said, “When we save a river, we save ourselves”.
Nuzenow is trying to support the cause please make sure to send this message to all the people who are concerned about the future of rivers. Support the cause http://isha.sadhguru.org/rally-for-rivers/ourdyingrivers/ganga/.
Article by Mausam.