ICV is pleased to announce the launch of Water is a Human Right, a catalytic project that will initially support the clean up of The Ganges River, and coincide with Come Together, a 3-day music festival, in celebration of The Beatles’ historic journey to Rishikesh, India, which will synergistically combine events from the past, present and future through music, discourse and action.

 
 
 
 
Located at the foothills of the Himalayas, against the unique and spectacular backdrop of the Ganges River, Rishikesh is one of the most sacred places on earth. It is here that The Beatles took a break from their fame and fortune, in search of spiritual transformation, to reconnect with their humanity.
 
 
 


 
 

India’s holy Ganges is worshipped by more than 1 billion people and the source of water for more than 400 million people.

 
 
 

 
 

Over time, the 1500-mile river has become poisoned by industrial chemicals, farm pesticides and other sewage. It is estimated that one billion gallons of waste enter the river every day.
 
 
 
Photograph by Simon Norfolk | Institute for The New Yorker
 
 

Climate change has contributed to a stagnation of glacial flows from the Himalayan peaks to the Bay of the Bengal.

As the situation worsens, the risk of waterborne illnesses increases for the millions who are already without adequate sanitation.

 
 

 
 
 

“The Gangotri Glacier from which Mother Ganga comes down to earth is melting day by day and the flow of water will become less and less. It will become difficult for people to irrigate their land to grow crops. If the water is less, their animals will die. If Ganga dies, then the whole universe – and for us India is the whole universe – will die with her.”

 – J.P. Pandit

 
 
 

For more than 30 years, Indian governments have worked to clean the Ganges, but progress has been met with apathy and corruption.

Only by working together, by crushing greed and crushing fear, collectively through a cultural and spiritual transformation can we save the self-purifying river Hindus refer to as Ganga, the goddess carried down to the Earth by Lord Shiva.

Water is a Human Right will engage select water treatment and purification companies and NGOs, senior UN leaders and governments and advance the existing efforts of the Global Interfaith Wash Alliance led by spiritual leaders Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswati and Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati​ji to clean Mother Ganga, an effort that is vital to the future of India. Imagine celebrities on stage, drinking clear Ganga water and inspiring millions of viewers with the message that clean water is interconnected to peace and we are one. It’s easy if you try.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 

Ensure access to water and sanitation for all

 

Clean, accessible water for all is an essential part of the world we want to live in. There is sufficient fresh water on the planet to achieve this. But due to bad economics or poor infrastructure, every year millions of people, most of them children, die from diseases associated with inadequate water supply, sanitation and hygiene.

Water scarcity, poor water quality and inadequate sanitation negatively impact food security, livelihood choices and educational opportunities for poor families across the world. Drought afflicts some of the world’s poorest countries, worsening hunger and malnutrition.

By 2050, at least one in four people is likely to live in a country affected by chronic or recurring shortages of fresh water.
 

Clean Water and Sanitation

 
Facts and Figures

  • 2.6 billion people have gained access to improved drinking water sources since 1990, but 663 million people are still without
  • At least 1.8 billion people globally use a source of drinking water that is fecally contaminated
  • Between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of the global population using an improved drinking water source has increased from 76 per cent to 91 per cent
  • But water scarcity affects more than 40 per cent of the global population and is projected to rise. Over 1.7 billion people are currently living in river basins where water use exceeds recharge
  • 2.4 billion people lack access to basic sanitation services, such as toilets or latrines
  • More than 80 per cent of wastewater resulting from human activities is discharged into rivers or sea without any pollution removal
  • Each day, nearly 1,000 children die due to preventable water and sanitation-related diarrhoeal diseases
  • Hydropower is the most important and widely-used renewable source of energy and as of 2011, represented 16 per cent of total electricity production worldwide
  • Approximately 70 per cent of all water abstracted from rivers, lakes and aquifers is used for irrigation
  • Floods and other water-related disasters account for 70 per cent of all deaths related to natural disasters

 
Goal 6 Targets

  • By 2030, achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all
  • By 2030, achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations
  • By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally
  • By 2030, substantially increase water-use efficiency across all sectors and ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarcity and substantially reduce the number of people suffering from water scarcity
  • By 2030, implement integrated water resources management at all levels, including through transboundary cooperation as appropriate
  • By 2030, protect and restore water-related ecosystems, including mountains, forests, wetlands, rivers, aquifers and lakes
  • By 2030, expand international cooperation and capacity-building support to developing countries in water- and sanitation-related activities and programmes, including water harvesting, desalination, water efficiency, wastewater treatment, recycling and reuse technologies
  • Support and strengthen the participation of local communities in improving water and sanitation management

 
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“Although we take it for granted, sanitation is a physical measure that has probably done more to increase human life span than any kind of drug or surgery.”

 – Deepak Chopra