On World Environment Day, The Art of Living has announced key initiatives, as part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations, that would go a long way in building a sustainable, peaceful, strong India. and green. Under the river rejuvenation project, 49 rivers (streams) in 5 Indian states are being revived by constructing over 41,000 recharge structures and planting 656,944 trees. Over 81 million trees have been planted worldwide by The Art of Living volunteers. The Art of Living has set up 52 skill development centers and 22 in prisons across India. It has also solar electrified 145 schools, including 20 in border villages.
As a continuation of this, as part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations, The Art of Living will rejuvenate 75 rivers; plant 75,000 trees; deployment of 75 skills development centres; 75 digital literacy centers in prisons; and solar electrification of 75 schools in border villages. “On this Environment Day, as we celebrate Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, let us take the Sankalpa to keep water, air and land pure. Let’s save every drop of water,” said Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Global Humanitarian and Founder of The Art of Living, “Our organization has taken on the responsibility of reviving and rejuvenating 75 rivers. We must also support and encourage the use of solar and wind energy.” The Art of Living Social Projects team has strived to offer holistic solutions to the social, economic and environmental challenges facing the country is facing. It does this by establishing and maintaining partnerships with local communities and through collaborations with businesses, governmental and non-governmental organizations, development agencies and foundations. “The Art of Living has been working in crucial areas of sustainability for 40 years and the results are there for everyone,” said Mr. Prasana Prabhu, President, Vyakti Vikas Kendra India (The Art of Living). “Not only are we rejuvenating rivers and raising the water table, but we are also building and empowering local communities. Our river rejuvenation projects have so far benefited over 34.5 million people already in over 12,000 villages. Agriculture, skills development, free schools, disaster relief, women’s empowerment, rural development, prisoner rehabilitation and peace initiatives.
In natural farming, about 22,00,000 farmers have been trained across India. Of these, 1,15,000 farmers belonged to suicidal districts. From 2018 to 2020, 24,959 farmers were trained, 28.8% of them women. Young people have also been trained to become farm managers. The collective efforts have resulted in an 80% reduction in costs per acre compared to chemical farming, while 56,157 acres of land have been converted to climate-resilient farmland.
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