Rally For Rivers
India has essentially grown along the banks of major rivers. Our ancient civilizations were born along the waters, and they perished when the rivers shifted course. For many millennia, we maintained the sanctity of this relationship. But in the last few decades, due to the pressures of population and development, our perennial rivers are becoming seasonal. Many of the smaller rivers have already vanished. The Ganga and Indus are two of the world’s most endangered rivers, according to WWF.The Narmada, Krishna and Kaveri do not reach the sea four months of the year. Water levels in almost every major river have declined severely. If we do not act now to reverse the serious decline of these lifelines, the next generation will pay a very heavy price.Isha Foundation is proposing a comprehensive river rejuvenation plan to reverse this decline and revive our rivers.With over a decade of experience in matters related to the environment and sustainability, Isha Foundation offers a core solution to stabilize and revitalize our rivers.It involves creating and maintaining tree cover for a minimum of one kilometer on either side of the entire river length and half a kilometer for tributaries. Native forest trees would be planted in government-owned land along riverbanks. Organic fruit tree cultivation would be taken up on private farmers’ lands.This solution ensures that rivers are restored while also enhancing farmers’ livelihood by more than doubling their income in five years. The availability of fruit also improves nutritional intake among people.Trees help keep rivers perennial, mitigate floods and drought, increase precipitation, mitigate climate change and prevent soil erosion.To create awareness and momentum amongst all sections of society and the government, Isha Foundation is organizing a “Rally for Rivers” awareness campaign in consultation and collaboration with the Ministry of Environment.
Conceived by Sadhguru, the rally was flagged off from Isha Yoga Center, Coimbatore on September 3 and culminate in Delhi on October 2, covering 13 states and 21 major cities. Rally for Rivers Event at Indore will be held on 22 September, from 5:00PM – 7:00PM at Daly College, Indore. The Chief Guest Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan,Honourable Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, and special Invitees include Shrimati Sumitra Mahajan,Lok Sabha Speaker, Shri Kailash Vijayvargiya, National General Secretary