Earth Day Network to start Clean Ganga Campaign at Devprayag today
Earth Day Network, an international NGO that grew out of the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970 will undertake special events in India as part of The Great Global Clean Up campaign.
Specially crafted programmes are planned along the 2,510 km course of the Ganga River – from Devprayag in Uttarakhand to the Sunderbans in east India, informed Earth Day Network, India country director Karuna Singh. “This is a people’s movement that will help those on the grassroots level to be a part of the movement and understand better that keeping the holy Ganga clean is beneficial to them. While on the policy level, the government has several schemes in place to clean the Ganga, this will be a bottom up approach in support of the government initiatives,” she added.
President of Earth Day Network, Washington, Kathleen Rogers said, “This Ganga initiative will serve as a lightning rod for many more countries and communities to get involved worldwide. As we look toward Earth Day 2020, we will mark the 50th anniversary of this historic movement with a myriad of events including what we are calling the Great Global Clean Up.”
On April 13, the formal inauguration of clean river Ganga campaign will take place at Devprayag. Noted environmentalist Anil Prakash Joshi will be the chief guest on the occasion. Rallies- cum- campaigns will be held over the next nine days, all along the route from there to Haridwar. Many Ashram residents, Sadhus and academic institutions have pledged to walk along the Ganga and collect any garbage they come across. The collected waste will be handed over to the municipal corporations for proper disposal. All along the 105-km route, volunteers from Lok Paryavaran Shiksha Sansthan (LPSS) will hold sessions to help people understand the hazards of indiscriminate littering of non-biodegradable waste, such as plastic and the adverse effects this has on human and animal health and on the many species that live in the Ganga water. Aside from clean ups, campaigns to protect endangered species and increase the green cover will also form part of the initiative. Starting from Devprayag, the rally will pass through Gullar Sangam, Shivpuri, Brahmpuri, Lakshman Jhula, Saccha Dham Ashram, Purnanand Ghat, Ram Jhula, Triveni Ghat in Rishikesh, Kankhal and Chandi Ghat in Haridwar before concluding on April 21 at Har ki Paidi where a public dialogue will be held.
Saturday, 13 April 2019 | PNS | Dehradun
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