Save our rivers by planting more Trees before its too late

Our Rivers are dying…By 2030 we will have only 50% of the water we need for our survival.

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Ganga, Krishna, Narmada, Kaveri – many of our great rivers are depleting fast. If we do not act now, the legacy we hand over to the next generation will be one of conflict and deprivation. These rivers nurtured and nourished us for thousands of years. It is time we nurture and nourish them back to health.

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India’s rivers are undergoing a drastic change. Due to the pressures of population and development, our perennial rivers are becoming seasonal. Many of the smaller rivers have already vanished. Flood as well as drought are becoming increasingly frequent, as rivers turn unruly during the monsoon, and vanish once the rainy season is over.

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Few facts:-

  • 25% of India is turning into desert.
  • In 15 years, we may have only half the water we need for our survival.
  • The Ganga is one of the most endangered rivers in the world.
  • The Godavari was dry along much of its length last year.
  • The Kaveri has lost 40% of its flow. Krishna and Narmada have lost around 60%

In every state, perennial rivers are either becoming seasonal or totally going dry. In Kerala – the Bharatpuzha, in Karnataka – the Kabini, in Tamil Nadu – the Kaveri, Palar and Vaigai, in Odisha – the Musal, in Madhya Pradesh – the Kshipra. Many smaller rivers have already vanished.

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How This Affects You

  • Estimates say 65% of our water needs are met by rivers.
  • 2 out of 3 major Indian cities already deal with daily water shortage. Many urban residents pay ten times the normal amount for a can of water.

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  • We consume water not just to drink or for domestic purposes. 80% of water is used to grow our food. Each person’s average water requirement is 1.1 million liters a year.
  • Flood, drought and rivers turning seasonal are increasingly leading to crop failure across the country.
  • Climate change is expected to cause worse floods and droughts within the next 25-50 years. During the monsoon, rivers will flood. The rest of the year, drought will follow. These trends are already beginning.

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Saving our Rivers:-

Maintaining a substantial number of trees for at least one kilometre width along the riversides has vast environmental, social and economic benefits for nation and society.

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  • Healthy river systems safeguard our water and food for the present and future generations.
  • Secure water resources are essential for individual wellbeing and India’s industry and commerce.
  • Farmers’ incomes increase at least three to four-fold by changing from crop to organic fruit tree cultivation.
  • Farmers, who are the largest section of India’s workforce, are also among the lowest earning groups. Increasing their income will create a huge positive impact.
  • This will also diversify and boost India’s rural economy significantly.

How Trees Can Save Our Rivers

India’s rivers are mainly rain-fed. So how do they flow throughout the year, even in the dry season? Because of forests.Trees are important in ensuring that perennial rivers flow even when the rains end.

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Tree roots make the soil porous so that it can absorb rain and hold water when rain falls. This water in the soil is then released into the river gradually throughout the year.

If there are no trees, a destructive cycle of floods and droughts occur. During the monsoon, excess water will flow over the surface and cause floods because the soil does not absorb the rainwater. When the monsoon ends, rivers go dry because there is no moisture in the soil to feed them. This is why it is important to maintain substantial tree cover along riversides.

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Trees along riversides has several benefits according to scientific studies:

  • Keep rivers perennial
  • Reduce floods
  • Combat drought
  • Recharge groundwater
  • Normalize rainfall
  • Combat climate change
  • Prevent soil erosion
  • Improve water quality
  • Enhance soil quality
  • Protect biodiversity

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you can also try seed bombs or seed ball technique. throw the seed balls near rivers so that they germinate and help our rivers.

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