It’s time to rally for rivers

by Marvin

Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev founder of ISHA Foundation is on a mission to save rivers and rejuvenate them. Last month he started a nationwide campaign ‘Rally for Rivers’ to save the Life lines of this country. In the last few decades due to the pressures of population and development, the perennial rivers are becoming seasonal.

To aware people all over India, the Sadhguru will traveled across 16 states, creating awareness and garnering support in the form of missed calls.”Our civilisations flourished on the banks of rivers. Rivers are the lifeline of our country. But if you look at the state of perennial rivers like the Cauvery, Krishna or Narmada they are at dangerous levels of depletion. In a matter of another 50 years, most of the perennial rivers will be seasonal and will no longer be perennial” he warned. Ask him what will happen to the state of rivers in another 10 or 15 years, and the spiritual guru who was in the city on Saturday says, “if no action is taken to rejuvenate lakes, we will only be able to see deserts right from God’s own Country Kerala to India’s capital New Delhi.

According to the Sadhguru we have act now: 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. This will decline the lifelines for the next generation. Isha Foundation is proposing a comprehensive river rejuvenation plan to reverse this decline and revive our rivers.

River rejuvenation will not happen overnight

With his campaign Sadhguru wants to raising a rethinking of policy recommendation for central government. For a large environmental movement throughout the country like this, minimum of 10 crore votes are needed. Until October 31, you can support ‘rally for rivers’ by giving a missed call. River rejuvenation is a slow process and will not happen overnight: Native forest trees have still to be planted along riverbanks, organic fruit trees have cultivated. 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.