According to a report released by the World Resource Institute (WRI), 17 countries in the world, including India, are facing the threat of a severe water crisis. Talking about India only, according to a report by NITI Aayog, by 2030, access to drinking water will be lost to about 40 percent of the people of the country. At the same time, in cities like Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad, people may have to face water shortage.
People from all over the world are making their own efforts to deal with this problem. In this sequence, a boy from Meerut is going from village to village explaining the importance of water to the people and is motivating them to stop the misuse of water. This is the story of Sawan Kanaujia, who has been devoted to the environment since the 9th standard and is now going to every village to make people take an oath to save every drop of water. In conversation with Indiatimes, Sawan shared his journey so far and explained how he puts his water chaupal:
Where did it start Monsoon Travel to Kannaujia?
Sawan recalls his old days stating that he must have been in class-9 when his attention went to a water pipe in the school. The water was slowly falling from the nose. Seeing this, he stopped Nalka. But his mind was opened. After this, he decided that he would do something to stop this misuse of water.
He started with himself. He started saving water from small things like brushing his teeth, keeping the tap closed, taking a shower instead of a bucket. Then once it became a habit, he planned that he would inspire others for it too. His journey started from here only. Sawan says that he got the support of one of his friends Prateek Sharma in this journey.
At every step, the symbol stood as a strong pillar for him. Monsoon The journey was not very difficult for them. He already loved the environment. Often he used to plant saplings with his friends. He formed an organization called the ‘Environment Club’, which included many partners of his age. Further, Sawan and his colleagues made their way easier by saving money from their pocket money.
The unique place created with the unique initiative ‘Jal Chaupal’
Sawan says that initially, nobody appreciated his work. Most of the people used to tell their parents that your boy keeps on doing wasteful work. His mind is not used in education. If this is the condition then you will not be able to pass till the 12th. However, he did not back down from his path and kept moving slowly.
In this sequence, Sawan is now running a campaign named ‘Pani Ki Baat’. Under this, they roam from village to village and place water chaupal and explain the importance of water to the villagers. Sawan also makes people take an oath to save every drop of water. Does Sawan explain that his entire focus is on why saving water is important?
Pledge to save every drop of water!
According to him, since ancient times, there has been a way of preserving nature. The talk of saving water has been happening not thousands of years ago. If the importance of water is not understood, then everyone will have to face a water crisis. This is why they are explaining the importance of water along with studies. He believes that not only should we save every drop of water, but we should also inspire others.
Sawan expresses happiness on the journey so far and says that people are now liking his work. People from all over the country are coming forward to help them. Other organizations like ‘Leo Club’ of Delhi University, ‘The Popular Indian’ are coming forward for their support. In times to come, Monsoon Want to intensify this campaign. For this, they are organizing a program one day a week.
Let us tell, Sawan comes from a common family. His father Neeraj Kanaujia is a lab assistant by profession in a private school in Meerut. Sawan has been honoured on many occasions for his noble work. He was also at the top in the ‘Water Heroes’ competition organized by the Department of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Ministry of Water Power.