Runners For Rivers
‘Rivers are the Lifelines of this Planet’ & to drive this point, the last Sunday of September is celebrated as World Rivers Day all across the globe since 1980.
Mumbai has four major rivers running across the city, the northen most being River Dahisar and the most prominent one being Mithi river, which got noticed after the unfortunate Mumbai deluge in the year 2005. Abused over the ages and being dumped with all kind of harmful waste products like chemicals and plastic, the once smooth flowing and beautiful river has been turned into a sewer, beyond all recognition.
All of Mumbai’s four major rivers originate in the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Borivali. And, it’s only within the park that the rivers are relatively clean. They begin to get polluted as soon as they exit its protected natural environs and enter the city.
“All the River gets polluted as soon as it leaves the national park. Within the park, the only pollution is from leaves that fall from trees. If these are not removed, they become muck. Yet the river is as clean as it can be in the park.”
A River is essentially ‘Energy of Water’, while Marathon is about ‘Energy of People’.
Rivers signify the Flow & Purity as against stagnation and Marathons nurtures a Healthy Mind in a Healthy Body as against Inactivity.
Rivers connect cities & civilization like running & cycling does to our higher self and our community.
"I support Runners For Rivers".
Shri Rajendra Singh
Recipient of 2015 Stockholm Water Prize and Magsaysay AwardeeRajendra Singh is a well-known water conservationist from Alwar district, Rajasthan in India. Also known as "Waterman of India", he won the Stockholm Water Prize, an award known as "the Nobel Prize for water", in 2015. Previously, he won the Ramon Magsaysay Award for community leadership in 2001 for his pioneering work in community-based efforts in water harvesting and water management. He runs an NGO called 'Tarun Bharat Sangh' (TBS), which was founded in 1975. The NGO based in village Kishori-Bhikampura in Thanagazi tehsil, near Sariska Tiger Reserve, has been instrumental in fighting the slow bureaucracy, mining lobby and has helped villagers take charge of water management in their semi-arid area as it lies close to Thar Desert, through the use of johad, rainwater storage tanks, check dams and other time-tested as well as path-breaking techniques. Starting from a single village in 1985, over the years TBS helped build over 8,600 johads and other water conservation structures to collect rainwater for the dry seasons, has brought water back to over 1,000 villages and revived five rivers in Rajasthan, Arvari, Ruparel, Sarsa, Bhagani and Jahajwali.
He is one of the members of the National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA) under Ministry of Environment, Govt. of India, which was set up in 2009, by the Government of India as an empowered planning, financing, monitoring and coordinating authority for the Ganges (Ganga), in exercise of the powers conferred under the Environment (Protection) Act,1986. In 2008, The Guardian named him amongst its list of "50 people who could save the planet". In the UK he is a founder membership of an NGO called the Flow Partnership which aims to counter the negative effects of soil erosion and flooding.
Runners for RiversMotilal Nagar Municipal School No.2,
Motilal Nagar No.1, D.B.More Marg,
Goregaon (West), Mumbai – 400104.
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'Rivers will NOT get Dirty, if Human Minds are Cleaned'.