Updated: Wed, 20 Apr 2022 07:33 PM IST
New Delhi | Amit Sharma: Countries across the globe will observe World Earth Day 2022 on April 22. To mark the occasion, Dainik Jagran is introducing its readers to those who devoted their lives to Earth. In the latest episode of the series, we spoke with Dr Rajendra Singh, who was awarded the Magsaysay Award and is commonly known as the "Water Man".
In conversation with Jagran New Media's Associate Editor Amit Sharma, Dr Rajendra Singh highlighted the importance of education in saving the Earth and said that "children from the primary level should be taught the importance of water conservation."
Here are the excerpts from his interview:
Stop exploiting the Earth:
Dr Singh said, "World Earth Day 2022 is just like any other Indian festival. People should develop a relationship with the Earth just like we have with God. Only then we will be able to stop the atrocities on mother Earth and save it from exploitation."
Students should be taught about water conservation in schools:
"Today's education system is showing us the path of exploitation and pollution. If we have to save water and Earth, then students must be taught in the right way. From the primary level itself, children should be taught about the importance of saving water. Unless the importance of nature is taught to the students in their initial years, we will not be able to save Earth and water.
Save your water resources:
Giving the example of Rajasthan, where water problems persist in many parts, the 'Water Man' said that the people of the western state have been able to revive eight of their rivers in the last 44 years. Maharashtra and Karnataka have also done it, he said while adding that other states should also learn these techniques and save their water bodies for future generations.
"Stop calling Earth your mother..."
According to Dr Rajendra Singh, development is good, but it is also destroying the Earth. He, however, feels that people should stop calling Earth their 'mother' if they continue to exploit and pollute it. He feels that Earth should be called mother only if people can take care of it.
Who is responsible?
When asked about who is responsible for Earth's current situation, he said the answer is very simple. "After independence, water was not given the respect it deserved and it became a commodity in the market. Here, the responsibility of the government increases. In our constitution, four pillars are responsible for the proper functioning of the country. However, it should be noted that the responsibility lies with the government. When activists like us do some work for the Earth, then cases are filed against us. The Rajasthan government sued us for making a pond, so the government should take the responsibility."