World Rivers Day: Celebration highlights plight of Yamuna!

With many of the world's rivers facing severe and increasing threats associated with climate change, pollution, and industrial development, over 70 countries are taking part in this year’s celebrations.

Updated: Sep 25, 2016, 04:28 AM IST
World Rivers Day: Celebration highlights plight of Yamuna!

Agra: India, along with other nations, is commemorating World Rivers Day on Sunday September 25, a celebration of the world’s waterways.

 

With many of the world's rivers facing severe and increasing threats associated with climate change, pollution, and industrial development, over 70 countries are taking part in this year’s celebrations.

Even as hundreds of voluntary groups across the countries prepare to celebrate the event, river activists in Vrindavan and Agra have drawn up plans to highlight the sad state of the river Yamuna, the life-line of Krishna's Braj mandal

In Vrindavan, activists will clean the ghats and hold a rally, while in Agra a photo exhibition on river pollution and a public meeting at the river bank is planned.

Many events around the world will focus on educational and public awareness activities while others will include river cleanups, habitat restoration projects, and community riverside celebrations.

"Rivers are integral to all life. Yet, many waterways continue to face an array of threats and are often impacted by inappropriate practices and inadequate protection," said Mark Angelo, World Rivers Day Chair and Founder and Chair Emeritus of the Rivers Institute at the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

World Rivers Day strives to increase public awareness of the importance of the waterways as well as the many threats confronting them.

"Millions of people, dozens of countries, and numerous international organisations will be contributing to World Rivers Day," Angelo said.

"It provides a great opportunity for people to get out and enjoy our waterways. At the same time, the event strives to create a greater awareness of the urgent need to better care for our rivers and streams," Angelo added.

Endorsed by the United Nations University and the International Network on Water, Environment, and Health, and with groups such as the Blue Planet Links as lead sponsor and with the support of others such as the Sitka Foundation, the World Rivers Day events will include activities in countries ranging from Canada to Britain, Australia to the US, Argentina to Kenya, Dominica to Puerto Rico, and across the great rivers of Europe.

"World Rivers Day is rightfully hailed for its global effort to increase awareness about the vital importance of our water resources and the need to properly protect and steward them in the face of mounting pressures," Robert Sandford, EPCOR Chair of Water Security at United Nations University, and an internationally recognised expert on scarcity and conservation issues, said.

World Rivers Day is celebrated globally every year on the last Sunday of September.

(With IANS inputs)