June 5th, 2019, World Environment Day.
Our survival as humans depends on the air we breathe, the water we drink and the land that nourishes us. 21 major cities in India will run out of groundwater by 2020, according to a report released by NITI Aayog (pdf). That is in a year from now! Rural India has been struggling with water scarcity for many years. Air pollution is another major concern and 22 of the 30 most polluted cities in the world are in India. These existential crises are being excacerbated and compounded by climate change. There is no Planet B!
For close to 3 decades AID has been working with communities across India, protecting and restoring water, land and the air we breathe. We are supporting long-term initiatives on watershed development to recharge the groundwater, encouraging community led reforestation, promoting sustainable practices to reduce the ecological footprint of agriculture and setting up a network of air quality monitors for public advocacy.
In order to redouble our efforts to address and reverse the ecological distress, AID is launching an Environmental Justice and Climate Resilience Fund on World Environment Day. Make a commitment for a better, cleaner and liveable world for the future generations.
This fund will support efforts towards environmental restoration and preservation of ecosystems and upholding the rights of indigenous people and communities close to nature who are at the center of conservation. The fund will also support efforts that address climate change, mitigate its effects and build resilience in communities.
With your support, villagers in Hirapur, Jharkhand were able to rejuvenate the streams and harvest a second crop by developing their watershed and reforestation. Help us spread the work.
Whenever problems overwhelm us, we can take inspiration from the profound words of Margaret Mead – “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has”.