Ganga facing threat of drying up: Greenpeace

Staff Reporter

KOCHI: Greenpeace India observed the Global Day of Action on Climate Change by holding a candle light vigil and displaying hand-made windmill at Marine Drive here on Saturday.

This was part of the nation-wide campaign highlighting the threat to the Ganga river posed by global warming while pointing out a global Energy Revolution as a solution.

Greenpeace activists regard the initiative as a sustainable global energy outlook that called for efficient use of energy and a shift to clean energy sources away from coal.

Greenpeace held similar candle light vigil and peaceful demonstrations simultaneously in other cities in the country including Ahmedabdad, Bangalore, Chennai, Chandigarh, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow, New Delhi, Nagpur, and Pune.

The aim was to take the message on climate change through a simple hand windmill symbolising the revolution needed in energy generation.

Quoting the department of science and technology, Greenpeace warned that the Gangothri glacier was shrinking at an alarming pace.

Shrinking glacier

It expressed apprehension that the glaciers would retreat completely by 2035, making the Ganges a seasonal river, thus putting the lives of more than 50 crore people in jeopardy.

“We are running out of time to save the Ganga.

Accelerated global warming will cause irreparable damage and we must do everything we can to prevent that,” said Shiju R., a Greenpeace India campaigner.

He said the issue of energy security could be addressed even while reducing Greenhouse gas emissions by switching to renewable energy and using energy efficiently.