Isha Launches Na­tional Rally To Save Rivers

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“Rivers have al­ways been the bedrock of our civ­i­liza­tion and the life­lines of India. But in just one gen­er­a­tion, most of our rivers have suf­fered dan­ger­ous lev­els of de­ple­tion. For a na­tion with 1.3 bil­lion peo­ple, we can­not turn a blind eye to this grave cri­sis of our times.” Sad­hguru Jaggi Va­sudev.

Sad­hguru will drive from Kanyaku­mari to the Hi­malayas in Septem­ber to cre­ate aware­ness for the ur­gent need to save rivers from ex­tinc­tion. He has warned that with­out a mass move­ment 25% of India is turn­ing into desert. “This is a cul­ture that never saw rivers and wa­ter as a com­mod­ity. We re­al­ized that this was a fun­da­men­tal build­ing block of life,” he said.

The rally is only the be­gin­ning. Isha Foun­da­tion is propos­ing a com­pre­hen­sive river re­ju­ve­na­tion plan to re­verse this de­cline and re­vive ma­jor In­dian rivers. The main pro­posal is to plant trees around 1 KM along the rivers. 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 famers’ liveli­hood by more than dou­bling their in­come in five years. The avail­abil­ity of fruit also im­proves nu­tri­tional in­take among peo­ple.

The rally will be flagged off from Isha Yoga Cen­ter, Coim­bat­ore on Septem­ber 3 and cul­mi­nate in Delhi on Oc­to­ber 2, cov­er­ing 13 states and 21 ma­jor cities. Sad­hguru will be driv­ing this en­tire stretch of 6560 km across India.

Pro­ject GreenHands (PGH) is a grass­roots eco­log­i­cal ini­tia­tive of Isha Foun­da­tion that has, since its in­cep­tion on June 5 2004, enabled the plant­ing of more than 25 mil­lion saplings by over 2 mil­lion volunteers across South India. http://isha.sad­­hguru/spot/sav­ing-in­dias-life­line-why-rivers-need-trees/

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