Prime News, International (United Nations), March 22:- With a dire warning about the looming future of a waterless world, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev has made a plea for mobilising humanity to save the rivers of India and the world before it is too late.
Rivers in India have been depleted by 60 per cent and around the world by 35 per cent, he said Wednesday at a special event here on “Water, Sanitation and Women’s Empowerment”.
Efforts to save India’s water supply have to focus on the rivers and the agriculture that depends on them, he said.
Along with increasing trees and vegetation to save rivers, he called for reimagining the irrigation systems by setting up organisations that bring together farmers and the corporate sector for efficient management.
The Rally for Rivers, a national movement Sadhguru has launched with the backing of his Isha Foundation, advocates planting of trees for a width of 1 km on either side of rivers because they can help conserve water while increasing rainfall, he said.
To mark the International Day of Forests and to commemorate the occasion, the UN Security Council presided by The Netherlands held a symbolic Tree Planting Ceremony with Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday.
“Trees and forests play an essential role in mitigating the impact of climate change,” Guterres said during the event held indoors due to a raging snowstorm in the city.
Echoing Sadhguru, he said: “They also help to filter and regulate water, preventing flooding and protecting watersheds.”
Sadhguru said that saving rivers and conserving waters should involve all of humanity and everyone should be made to realise their stakes in it because otherwise it will be seen as nothing more than a protest by a few “ecologists”. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).