I was terribly shocked when on a fine morning this week, I saw the report from NITI Aayog about the impending water problem across India. In summary, it said that many states will run out of ground water by 2030.
This is very serious, and even more serious is the fact that around 30 cities in India will run out of water by 2020 (yes, you read that right; 2 years from now!).
It’s not like ‘Should I care? What can I do?’ It is more like ‘I got to do a thousand things that I can.’
Are you listening?
Alright, so here’s what I did. I picked up a sheet of paper and wrote down all the stuff that I can do. I am giving this here to be a starter or an inspiration for you to think of things that would work and make a difference:
1. Contact Indian organisations that are working in the field of primary and secondary education, as well as Indian organisations that work on public education, and make them create modules and syllabus that can be delivered to students and general public so that they are aware of how important water is and create awareness about the following topics:
- Ground water restoration
- Irrigation management
- On-farm water use
- Drinking water supply
- Devising water policies
2. Strengthening the ways of predicting rains, such that general public can make arrangements to tap rain-water in whatever infrastructure they have wherever they live.
3. Try working with aerial experts to see if any additional data can be gleaned for point no. 2.
4. Creating awareness in colleges, so that the outgoing students can create products and software surrounding the issue. Bonus point: it creates jobs
5. Influencing the governments for implementation policies.
6. Contact on-the-ground organisations in various states to work on implementations in their states.
7. Work with organisations that already have a lot of reachability in remote areas (for example, population control organisations), and convince them to create awareness and educate their audiences.
What ideas do you have? Feel free to rack your brains – because it’s you and your children who are also going to affected by this. The usual Indian apathy won’t help!
Thanks for listening.