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Project of Green Education Foundation by Indian Environmental Society
Indian Environmental Society
50. in some way or the other. Mathura and Agra lie on its banks. lakes and underground reservoirs and can be used by man. Hindus also believe life is incomplete without bathing in the Ganga at least once in their lifetime. of which the oceans and seas hold 97% which is salty. Another 2% is locked up in the Arctic and Antarctic ice caps and snow and thereby unusable. It is widely felt by the people that water is a free gift of nature available in unlimited quantity. but the current situation is different. The cities of Delhi. In most Hindu families.370 Kilometers (851 miles). It is believed that drinking water from the Ganga with one's last breath will take the soul to heaven. Our earth is covered with 75% water.000. It may have seen so in the past. It is one of the five elements that contribute the life support system. Some of the most important Hindu festivals and religious congregations are celebrated on the banks of the river Ganga such as the Kumbh Mela or the Kumbh Fair and the Chhat Puja. is the largest tributary of the Ganges River in northern India. it has become a scarce commodity today. River Yamuna: Life – Line for many----River Yamuna with the total length of around 1. a vial of water from the Ganga is kept in every house.SAVE YAMUNA TO SAVE GANGA Project of Green Education Foundation by Indian Environmental Society Water is the prime determinant of the sustainability of human beings “Jalati Jivayati Lokaniti”! Water in different forms is considered as Apodevatas in Vedic literature.000 Kilometer Cube in volume. It flows through the states of Delhi. and the civic authorities have found it to be cost-effective to allow untreated city waste water and sewage into the river. before merging Ganges at Allahabad. however today the mighty river has fallen victim to poor governance and civic indifference. where around 70 million Hindus from around the world participated in the last Kumbh Mela at the Hindu Holy city Prayaga (also known as Allahabad). Everything in human life is. It is being used as an oversized 'dust bin'. Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. The reduction in availability of this resource in the past has led to the decline of major civilizations in the past. The 1 . Water is the most abundant single substance in the biosphere being about 1. Ganga India's national river: Ganga River known as Ganga Maata or Mother Ganges is revered as a goddess whose purity cleanses the sins of the faithful and aids the dead on their path toward heaven. In India's ancient scriptures and religious texts great sanctity and respect has been expressed for river Yamuna. Its source is at Yamunotri. connected to water. Diversion and abstraction of water from the river into canals upstream of Delhi has severely curtailed its flow and self cleansing capacity. Kumbh Mela is the largest religious gathering on Earth for Hindu peoples. Only 1% is found in rivers. Yamuna is considered the most sacred among all the rivers as Hindu mythology. Since time immemorial water is worshipped in India. in the Uttarakhand Himalaya. in the Himalayan Mountains.
and other people downstream. Kolkata associated with the GLOBE Program. Public cooperation and participation is vital for cleaner and greener cities. proper housing. the river is highly polluted. education and health. which joins the Ganga in the vicinity of Varanasi. has been devoid of all aquatic creatures for at least a decade. this will help in saving the River Ganga. In regard to the same. the Ganges' main tributary. The entire Yamuna River right from its origin to confluence with the Ganga & its tributaries are subject to human activities. students learn how to determine the health of an environmental system. With the help of GLOBE program. however. are then exposed to these potentially hazardous accumulations. Where Yamuna river enters the Ganga : The upper Ganges supplies water to extensive irrigation works. a city with approximately 1. Indian Environmental Society has come up with the programme “SAVE YAMUNA TO SAVE GANGA”. Varanasi. and Varanasi. the will improve the quality of water in Ganga as the pollution of River Yamuna is added to River Ganga at Allahabad. clean air to breathe. These populous areas. We also shun our responsibility of keeping our environment clean. The Ganga collects large amounts of human pollutants as it flows through highly populous areas. meandering stream with shifting channels. If the pollution is reduced in Yamuna. The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program is a worldwide hands-on. Large volume of municipal and industrial waste is dumped in the river at Varanasi. The river passes the holy bathing sites at Haridwar. Today most of our towns and cities are unable to cope with the rapid pace of urbanisation. Patna. Below Allahabad the Ganges becomes a slow. The Varuna River. Save Yamuna” is a programme to involve students of different schools of Delhi. People do not understand that it is their right to clean water to drink. The result has been the gradual killing of one of India's most treasured resources. primary and secondary school-based science and education program. Because of its location near major population centers.2 million population.absence of perennial flow in the river Yamuna and the huge quantity of waste it receives have together given it the dubious distinction of being one of the most polluted rivers of the country. One stretch of the Yamuna River. Yamuna whose water is highly polluted joins Ganga at Sangam. which directly or indirectly affect the water quality. GLOBE's vision promotes and supports students. receives waste from many drains. Allahabad (where the Yamuna river enters the Ganga). So if we save Yamuna. We assume that we can keep dumping pollutants and somehow the environment 2 . “To save Ganga. It is an acceptable fact that no government can keep cities clean by mere enforcement of environmental laws. teachers and scientists to collaborate on inquiry-based investigations of the environment and the Earth system.
Why it is needed? Ÿ To ensure the widest possible public involvement and cooperation in the efforts at reducing river pollution. In particular. Ÿ To disseminate knowledge to teachers and school children about water quality monitoring Ÿ To provide teachers with technical expertise and training to help them evaluate the water them to communities. The programme aims to mobilize community responsibility for environmental assessment and improvement in all major towns and cities of India. Ÿ To gain religious acceptance for the adoption of improved wood/electric crematoria. The main objectives of the programme are as follows Ÿ To develop awareness about water pollution status among teachers and students and through Ÿ To highlight the problems caused due to water pollution in River Yamuna and Ganga. The programme will address to the water quality problems in large part of Delhi and work towards creating a better understanding of water quality. minimize open defecation. Ÿ To increase awareness levels about issues related to water resources. Ÿ To organize intensive sensitising programmes to have a lasting impact on the target group of teachers and students. sanitation. Aim of the project: The intent of project is to establish a framework and local commitment for restoring and enhancing the water quality of river Yamuna and Ganga. 3 . and induce public action. Ÿ To develop skills in students to encourage them to study water pollution and take decisions that will help them and the society. waste disposal. Teachers will provide guidance and encouragement to students to work towards this goal. save Yamuna” programme realizes the enormous potential hidden in the students and youth group which is capable of changing the world. waste disposal into water bodies. “To save Ganga. dumping of poly-bags. This programme aims to involve a large group of teachers and students in the national endeavour for a cleaner and greener environment. conservation. and wasteful use of water. analysis. waste management. Also they can learn how to make good measurements. In this program students have the opportunity to check their water system and can know whether the water system is polluted or healthy. Ÿ To build consciousness and an attitude to save environment from further deterioration and hence laying foundation for a responsible society. The child is the father of man and thus a powerful agent of education.will take care of them. use. Ÿ To induce a change in public attitude & lifestyles related to water use. quality status in their area.
So. the Society will involve different GLOBE schools in monitoring the Water Quality of River Yamuna in different cities. So the school can also participate in collecting the data and monitoring the river. which will help to decrease water pollution and its scarcity at large.Various activities proposed under this programme:1. to monitor the quality of River Yamuna. with the help of GLOBE program involving the students. Land Cover. Water Quality Monitoring of River Yamuna and Awareness Building Programme for Schools to create awareness and leadership role in combating against Water Pollution. Indian Environment Society is under the process to have GLOBE workshop in Varanasi and Patna. which is an International Hands-on Environmental Science and Learning Programme wherein.Delhi. if students find the water quality to be poor they can recommend simple steps to improve the water quality. GLOBE Program (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment). Since the future is in the hands of children. With the help of these schools. the teachers will be provided with the training on GLOBE activities related to Atmosphere. a research based organization. IES has been going with the school children from the last few years. TDS. regarding the decreasing water levels and increasing water pollution . we target the school children to aware about it as it was felt that there is lack of awareness on the issues related to water pollution. Transparency. All the activities under the project will streamline towards the infusion of consciousness and information in its target groups regarding water conservation and management practices. students can take action after assessing water quality of the rivers at different points:. So. identified the problem of water pollution in Delhi and for a better Delhi. Kolkata. Through the GLOBE Hydrology Investigation. In the water quality monitoring. The GLOBE schools in Kolkata will also participate in the same. The project aims to create awareness among the schoolchildren and through their medium in the community. 4 . In the case of water crisis in Delhi. you can help address these questions by monitoring the waters in River Yamuna. Follow-up action can be undertaken include which stream cleaning spreading awareness to avoid bathing and washing activities near the water springs to ensure the school authorities regularly keep the water tanks cleaned and chlorinated in the schools. With the involvement of GLOBE program. Patna. In this programme.groundwater as well as surface water. they should be the main targets for architecturing a better society. Soil and Water by Master /International Trainers which will include both theoretical and practical (field work) sessions. The Indian Environmental Society. Varanasi. students will collect vast data on parameters like pH. Temperature etc.
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