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Campaign “WASH” : National Religious and Spiritual Leaders Join Hands to Achieve Cleaner India

To achieve a cleaner India, we have to not only sanitise our surroundings but our minds too, says Swami Chidanand Saraswati

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New Delhi, Nov 22, 2016: Spiritual and religious heads of several organisations belonging to different faiths have come together to counter pollution in the Ganges and other rivers as well as to fight global climate change.

To ensure access to clean drinking water, sanitation and hygiene, the campaign “WASH” is a cleanliness drive, mentioned PTI.

The idea came into being under the leadership of inter-faith leader Swami Chidanand Saraswati and it focuses on achieving peace and environmental protection and start a sanitation revolution in the country.

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Sanitation and meditation are of equal importance. “To achieve a cleaner India, we have to not only sanitise our surroundings but our minds too. Different religions and faiths along with stakeholders and civil society, we all have to come together to put our heart and soul in achieving a cleaner India,” said Saraswati.

Apart from that, he has initiated several critical programmes like Namame Ganga (Clean Ganga), Swachh Bharat (Clean India) and Swachhta Kranti (Clean Revolution). He is also the co-founder of Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA), mentioned PTI.

During Ujjain Kumbha Mela too, the alliance worked to make people aware of sanitation and repercussions of bad environment, especially on children’s health.

On World Toilet Day, which was on November 19, a huge crowd gathered that included youth and many leaders from different communities who pledged for a clean environment as well as proper sanitation. “It’s time that we should move from building temples to more and more toilets,” Saraswati said to PTI.

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For Chidanand Saraswati, Ganga is not a religious topic but a lifeline for millions of citizens in the nation.

“River Ganga is not a religious topic but the very lifeline of millions of people and our heritage. When we talk about Ganga we are actually talking about mostly all the rivers in the country and the deteriorating conditions of most of these rivers. Health, hygiene and harmony all should go together for a changed India,” he said.

To induce and spur growth, the drive is supporting technology and several other innovations.

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If we want to see true Socio-economic development, it has to happen from the bottom-of-the-pyramid population. Saraswati says, “We along with spiritual leaders from all across the world have created a new term for us- RSR- Religious Social Responsibility.”

“It is amazing how our Prime Minister spoke vigilantly about cleanliness from Red Fort and actually started a campaign to make people aware of the initiatives and how we all can come come together to achieve this dream,” Saraswati further added.

– prepared by NewsGram with PTI inputs

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Indian and EU runners jogged around India Gate and kept picking up litter around the iconic monument to make a pledge for a clean and plastic free Delhi by “plogging” — a Swedish fitness trend that combines running with collecting garbage.

The event on Friday was organised by the Embassy of Sweden here and a group of ploggers of India together with the European Union ahead of the World Environment Day on June 5.

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It was part of the European Union’s series of environmental programmes in India.

The EU delegation and missions of European Union member states in New Delhi with the support of the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change co-hosted a Conference on Plastic Pollution and Management – Sharing Best Practices at Vigyan Bhawan on Friday.

The theme of the conference organised by the Confederation of Indian Industries was in line with this year’s theme – ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’.

The EU ambassador to India Tomasz Kozlowski congratulated India for its leadership in dealing with environmental issues globally. “India is a key partner of the EU with partnerships on clean energy and climate change, water, smart and sustainable urbanization, air quality and resource efficiency,” said by Kozlowski.

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Taking the cooperation to the next level, the Ambassador said, EU Commissioner for Environment would lead a delegation of about 50 EU businesses to India in September as part of the CII Sustainability Summit.

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On June 5, the EU delegation and the embassies of the EU member states are expected to announce and adopt a “green pledge” aimed at reducing increased pollution levels by eliminating the use of single-use plastic products, saving energy through bio-gas and other technologies which India has also used previously, water resources and managing waste, managing increased greenhouse gases (CFCs, Carbondi-oxide, nitrogen etc.) and industrial pollution. (IANS)