Rally for Rivers

NPSI, Chennai, joined hands with the Sadguru, Isha Foundation, in the nationwide campaign, RALLY FOR RIVERS. Students of Grade 9 held placards and stood outside the school gate on September 5th. This was to create awareness in the neighbourhood. Mr.Jagan and Mr.Ashok, members of Isha Foundation addressed the students, on the 12th of September, on the importance of rivers and their rate of depletion. Audio clippings were played and poetry writing competitions were held on the same to reinforce the message. The winning students were felicitated at a function held at Nandanam, presided over by various political dignitaries and the Sadguru himself.

The Essence of the campaign: We consume water not just to drink or for domestic purposes. 80% of water is used to grow our food. Each person’s average water requirement is 1.1 million liters a year. Estimates say 65% of our water needs are met by rivers. India’s rivers are undergoing a drastic change. 25% of India is turning into a desert. Due to the pressures of population and development, our perennial rivers are becoming seasonal. Many of the smaller rivers have already vanished. Flood as well as drought are becoming increasingly frequent, as rivers turn unruly during the monsoon, and vanish once the rainy season is over. Climate change is expected to cause worse floods and droughts within the next 25-50 years. These trends are already beginning.

This message is to be represented to the government of India, supported by the people, expressing solidarity through the missed calls given to the number 8000980009, to bring in policies to increase the green cover along a 1km stretch along either banks of the dying rivers, to increase precipitation.

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