Today, 24th September is World Rivers Day – 2017. World Rivers Day celebration takes place annually on the last Sunday of September. It is a day to celebrate the waterways of the World. It highlights the many values of rivers and strives to increase public awareness and encourages the improved management of rivers around the world.
In 2005, the United Nations launched the Water for Life Decade to help create a greater awareness of the need to better care for our water resources. Following this, the establishment of World Rivers Day was in response to a proposal initiated by internationally renowned river advocate, Mark Angelo. Mark Angelo, very rightly said that “Rivers are the arteries of our planet; they are lifelines in the truest sense.”
A World Rivers Day event was seen by agencies of the UN as a good fit for the aims of the Water for Life Decade. River enthusiasts, from around the world came together to organize the inaugural World Rivers Day event. That first event in 2005 was a great success and Rivers Day was celebrated across dozens of countries. Since then, the event has continued to grow. Last year, several million people across more than 60 countries celebrated the many values of our waterways. It is going to be a far bigger event today.
In many western countries people are coming forward to organize a Rivers Day event and others are enthusiastically participating in them. These events range from stream cleanups, fish enhancement projects to educational outings and community riverside celebrations.
Thanks to Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, the ongoing Rally for Rivers, to save the dying rivers of our country has generated countrywide concern and participation. Hopefully, the outcome will awaken and force the Government and all authorities and people in general to protect and save our rivers, by all means and at any cost.
On the occasion of World Rivers Day, Sadhguru has the following message for us: