Rally for Rivers
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Why This is started?
25% of India is turning into desert. Today we have 75% less water per person than in 1947. By 2030 we will have only 50% of the water we need for our survival.
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.
How can we save our Rivers?
The simplest solution to rejuvenate India’s rivers is to maintain a minimum of one kilometer tree cover on riversides. Forest trees can be planted on government land and fruit trees on farm land. This will ensure our rivers are fed throughout the year by the moist soil. This will also reduce floods, drought and soil loss, and increase farmers’ incomes.
The benefits of tree planting have been indisputably demonstrated by Project GreenHands (IshaFoundation.org).
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.
How can I contribute now?
To Submit a policy recommendation for central government, people support is very vital. Hence this petition is being created.
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