Our Rivers are Dying

Due to the pressures of population and development, our perennial rivers are becoming seasonal. Many of the smaller rivers have already vanished. Flood, as well as drought, are becoming increasingly frequent, as rivers turn unruly during the monsoon, and vanish once the rainy season is over.

How this affect you

Estimates say 65% of our water needs are met by rivers. 

2 out of 3 major Indian cities already deal with daily water shortage. Many urban residents pay ten times the normal amount for a can of water.

We consume water not just to drink or for domestic purposes. 80% of water is used to grow our food. Each person’s average water requirement is 1.1 million litres a year.

Flood, drought and rivers turning seasonal are increasingly leading to crop failure across the country.

Climate change is expected to cause worse floods and droughts within the next 25-50 years. During the monsoon, rivers will flood. The rest of the year, the drought will follow. These trends are already beginning..

How can you help?

Pledge You Support

Rally for Rivers is a nationwide awareness campaign to save our rivers. It aims to garner massive public support and momentum for the government to implement a positive river policy. One of the easiest ways to participate is to pledge your support with your email address. This will count as a citizen’s vote for a positive river policy.

Ganga, Krishna, Narmada, Kaveri – many of our great rivers are depleting fast. If we do not act now, the legacy we hand over to the next generation will be one of conflict and deprivation. These rivers nurtured and nourished us for thousands of years. It is time we nurture and nourish them back to health.

The simplest solution to rejuvenate India’s rivers is to maintain a minimum of one-kilometre tree cover on riversides. Forest trees can be planted on government land and tree-based agriculture can be brought in on farmland. This will ensure our rivers are fed throughout the year by the moist soil. This will also reduce floods, drought and soil loss, and increase farmers’ incomes.


The rivers of this country have nourished us for thousands of years. Now the time has come when we have to embrace our rivers and nourish them back to life.

Sadhguru has opened up this possibility for all those who would like to become a part of Rally for Rivers, that they can join as full-time volunteers for the next 3 years and be a part of this movement to revitalize our rivers.

For queries, contact us volunteer.rfr@ishaoutreach.org

Pledge Your Support for #RallyForRivers

One of the easiest ways to participate in the campaign is to pledge your support with your email address. This will count as a citizen’s vote urging the government to implement a positive river policy.

Our Work

Indira Gandhi Park, Bhubaneswar

Forest Park, Bhubaneswar

Esplande Mall, Bhubaneswar

Path Utsav, Bhubaneswar

Draft Policy

We welcome all environmental scientists, experts and practitioners to contribute their knowledge and expertise towards creating a roadmap to rejuvenate our depleting rivers and save our country’s lifelines.

We look forward to receiving your suggestions at ideas@RallyForRivers.org

Eneryone who consumes water must #RallyForRivers

– Sadhguru