UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration: A Consultation on Water: River Yamuna, India

Event description: 

May 30, 2022

Online at 8am EDT

Hosted by Center for Earth Ethics

The river Yamuna is one of India’s most sacred rivers. Closely connected to the stories of the Hindu deity Krishna, the Yamuna is venerated and worshiped by Hindus worldwide. Despite this, the river is considered to be “dead”, so heavily polluted that no life can exist within it. After leaving the Himalayas it reaches Delhi, where the water is diverted and replaced with untreated sewage water. It is this water, which contains dangerously high levels of toxic chemicals that Hindu devotees use for worship and rituals. Despite several high profile campaigns over recent years, the plight of the Yamuna is no closer to being resolved.

There are many challenges and we are honored to be joined by a panel of leaders who are working to bring healing and restoration to the river and the millions of people and species who depend on it:

•  Mr. Atul Bagai - Head of Country Office, UNEP
•  Srivatsa Goswami - Acharya, Sri Radharaman Mandir
•  Dr. Monalisa Sen - Biodiversity Team Lead, ICLEI South Asia
•  Gita Parihar - Environmental Advocate and Lawyer
•  Moderator: Gopal Patel, Co-Founder Bhumi Global; Advisor, Center for Earth Ethics

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