Can a day of river trash clean up amount to round the year awareness?
That would be a long shot but in several communities around the world where rivers have long been neglected and treated like garbage dumps, a day of picking up trash around the river banks has definitely sowed the seeds of awareness and action for times to come. As part of 2012 World Water Day activities, Rivers of the World Foundation (ROW) organized and coordinated river trash clean-up activities across 11 places in four different countries, China, India, Nepal and Philippines. We were heartened to see an impressive turnout of volunteers! A total of about 1500 youths and adults, combined across all our locations, got themselves down and dirty cleaning up their local rivers. Removing a total of over 5 tons of garbage, it was both a very gratifying and awakening event for all of us involved!
The event drew attention of city officials, businesses and communities toward the need for collective responsibility in keeping their waters clean and pollution free. Kudos to our local coordinators in making our 2012 River Trash Clean Up a huge success:
- Iloilo River in Iloilo City, Philippines
- Yangzte River in Wuhan, China
- Yamuna River in Agra, Dak Patthar (near Dehradun), and Gokul, India
- Ganges River, Rishikesh, India
- Daya River, Bhuvaneswar, Odisha
- Hooghly River, Kolkata, India
- Barak River, Silchar, India
- Bagmati River, Kathmandu, Nepal
- Nagavali River Valley, Vizianagaram, A.P., India
Check out briefings for each river at www.rowfoundation.org/0/WWD2012-Reports.
ROW has been organizing river trash clean ups coinciding with the World Water Day celebrations for the last 4-5 years. This one was hands down the largest and the most rewarding one ever!