Did you know that one of the holiest rivers in India has been “stolen” and replaced by sewage? Did you know that about 80 million people are affected by the pollution, and 23% of the children in the area suffer and die from lead and arsenic poisoning? Did you know that no living organism can survive in the waters of the Yamuna, and the river has officially been declared “dead?” And did you know that most probably you, too, are contributing to this ecological disaster?
There are several factors contributing to the Yamuna’s pollution, but the root cause is the lack of sufficient fresh water flow to maintain life along the entire stretch of the river. Within a few miles from its origin, almost 100% of the Yamuna’s water is being diverted to irrigate rice fields, leaving the riverbed empty, then filled with municipal, agricultural and industrial waste. Not a drop of fresh Yamuna water reaches Delhi, Braj or the areas further south. Most of the rice cultivated with the diverted and exploited Yamuna is for export, and ends up on grocery store shelves abroad.
What can you do?
1. Stop buying rice imported from India (especially basmati)
By being conscious consumers we have the power to decide what we contribute to. A decrease in consumer demand would inspire the rice industry in India to switch to a more environmental-friendly cultivation method with less water consumption, which has already been proven to be working in several countries.
2. Host a public screening for ‘The Stolen River’ film
Most people want to be good citizens of the world and do the right thing, however they simply do not know the full picture. It is certainly true in the case of the Yamuna river's exploitation. Now you can help raise awareness by hosting screenings in your community, and start a discussion. To request a copy of the film for public screening....
3. Donate to help bring the film to large audiences worldwide
'The Stolen River' has been produced on a "shoestring" - out of dedication to the issue; the film's core team has been working on this project for years for free. However, to be able to make the pollution victims' voices heard and achieve the desired impact on policy making, the film needs to get out as far and wide out as possible. Please help make that happen by donating below. (Every contributor gets a free perk, a photo, a piece of music, or a video.)
Special thanks to the film's generous supporters:
Amrita Ford Hari (USA), Ofelia C Echeverry R, Dr. Jozsef Danka (Hungary), Maxim Varfolomeyev (Russia), Olga Avramenko (Russia), Sivarama Swami (Hungary), Rupa Raghunath (India), Susan O'Leary (USA), Pranada Comtois (USA), Marta Magyar (Hungary), M. Mohan Ginoux, Mark DeGasperi, Edwin F. Bryant (USA), Shyama Chandra Das, Martin Gurvich (Belgium), Michael Jarvis, Tiffany E. Cooper (USA), Ausra Budriene, Srinivas R. Palakala, Devaprastha Das (USA), Omkara Das & family (Hungary), Haimavathi Bhat, Vraja-kumara das, Yamuna-jivani dasi (Hungary), Jayadeva John Richardson (UK), Vigneau Sylvie (France), Radha Kanti Dasi (Poland).