Save water before it’s too late
Save water! Save water! Save water! It is being said that if at all there is a next world war it will be because of WATER.
We have been neglecting this for many years, but now its almost a do or die situation.
Did you know?
- by 2025, 1800 million people will be living in countries or regions with absolute water scarcity.
- 1.1 billion people live without clean drinking water
- 3900 children die every day from water borne diseases (WHO 2004)
- Water needed for producing: 1 cup of coffee – 150 L, 1kg of rice – 1500 L, 1 kg of Beef – 15000 L
- As per world water development report, by 2030 half of the world will be living in regions of high WATER STRESS
- Demand for freshwater is increasing by 64 billion cubic meters a year (1 cubic meter = 1,000 liters)
Of course rainfall is not in the hands of the human beings, though some scientists have developed indigenous methods to create artificial rain, however those are very expensive.
In Maharashtra, more than 10 districts have been announced as DROUGHT hit. While the State Government is working hard to help people, Art of Living has initiated an action to rejuvenate one more river in Marathwada Region (the most badly hit region).
After rejuvenating Rena river in Latur benefiting more than a lakh people and 100 villages, Art of Living has started the work on Manjara River. Art of Living donated Rs. 1 Cr for the work and with the help of other NGOs and local people, a group of volunters from the Art of Living raised 1.93 Cr in a single day on the auspicious occasion of Gudi Padwa ( New year in Maharashtra).
Thanks to this initiative, the Manjara river which has so far existed only on the map will come to life. The Art of Living volunteers with their dedicated physical effort ( Shramdaan ) will revive a portion 18 km long , 80 meters wide and 3 meters deep benefiting 20 villages near by and an estimated 55000 people. 43 million cubic meters of silt shall be dug out. This will create a storage capacity of 18 million cubic meters of water.
For more details about Jal Jagruti Abhiyaan of Art of Living
Ironically, certain media groups who were criticizing Art of Living for its event The World Culture Festival on the flood plains of Yamuna in Delhi, is now silent.
Lets join hands together