River Cleanup on 7th June 2020

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India has a rich heritage of water resources which is under danger , mostly because of our own actions!

Multiple actions have been taken by our government, various NGOs and individuals , yet we still are losing the game.

Now it is the time to come out and join hands in a mass effort towards conservation of our rivers.
Rivers are the source of fresh water , not only for drinking cooking etc. but we all know that our country’s major agricultural irrigation is drawn from our rivers. Thus keeping our rivers clean is our own responsibility.
Agricultural ecosystems of India supported by major river systems.
Picture credit – R.P. Singh

Ganga alone supports 2000 aquatic species including the threatened species like bottle nose dolphin and garhial. Destruction of their habitat will result in extinction of such species[1].

Mangrove ecosystems of India. Picture credit – Netra Bhandari
Bottle nosed dolphin in Ganga river
Riverine fisheries provides livelihood to more than 10.8 million Indians and these ecosystems are at a risk due to degradation of habitats from encroachment, pollution and sand mining[2]. Thus our actions are threatening our own livelihoods and nutritional security.
Local water bodies are source of livelihood for millions. 

Bottle nosed dolphin in Ganga river

Rivers ending up into the oceans; carry with themselves tonnes of waste. Thus our ocean health is also at a risk. For example, the great ocean cleanup project points out that 80% of the ocean trash is from 1000 rivers[3].
A view of the Indian Ocean Picture credit – Netra Bhandari

Provoked Enough?

Here’s how you can help :-

We at “Blue initiatives” are organizing a massive river cleanup on 7th June 2020. Our objective is to make river free from plastic and others pollutants so that Sustainable Development Goal: Life Below the water can be achieved.

What You Can Do?

1. Gather volunteers, friends and family and encourage them about why should we care about our local water bodies!

2. Promote your cleanup on social media , attract more and more people!!

3. Invite reporters and bloggers to attend.

4. Make small teams according to the size of the site which will be managed by individual team leaders.

5. Decide whether the cleaning will be on shore or you need boats. If your group will be boating—make sure to have safe “put in” and “take out” locations.

6. All the volunteers should be equipped with safety gloves, masks and water boots to ensure safety.

7. To segregate waste , provide proper disposal units. Hazardous and infectious wastes should be handled with care.

8. Find the nearest waste management unit and look for sponsors who would transport trash to the recycling/ waste disposal units.

9. Every single effort matters thus send us your pictures !!!

Stuck at home? Here's how you can help!

Sources : 1. https://www.wwfindia.org/news_facts/?uNewsID=18741
2. https://sandrp.files.wordpress.com/2018/03/endangered_riverine_biodiversity_india_nov2012 .pdf
3. https://theoceancleanup.com/rivers/

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