The second day of the International Peace Festival at Dav College in Sector 10 saw the participation of around 500 students from across 10 nations who raked their brains to find ways to conserve water. The workshop on water conservation was attended by eminent environmentalist Sunder Lal Bahuguna.
Bahuguna asked the youth to grow more tress for rains and for peace and prosperity that comes only with a balance in environment; both internal and external. The environmentalist about the relevance of trees in the ecological balance of the planet and also planted a few saplings on the occasion. The agenda of the next world war will be water if we continue to waste it senselessly. Justice Rajesh Bindal said many international water treaties and litigations sorted out by the courts for sharing of water. He made a special reference to famous Indus Water Treaty,signed by India and Pakistan post independence with the intervention of UN. He said problems related to water sharing are on the rise between nations and states and so are the litigations. Hence,there is a greater need for laws and reforms for water conservation.
A documentary by Shashank on the Ganga caught participants imagination for its stark realism. The film depicted how the bed of the river,now dried,is used as pitch for game of cricket by children. Some participants also displayed their paintings and graphics on water conservation. Feroz Faisal from NWFP,Pakistan,talked about the shortage of resources in NWFP due to war like situations in the Swat region.
Saeeda Deip of the Institute of Secular Studies,Lahore,informed the audience about the common problems of resources like water for the Third world. A troupe from NWFP presented a mesmerising show of music and dance on relevance of water. Another troupe from Chennai presented an electrifying folk dance. Other speakers who spoke on water conservation were Bernie Meyer,Ishwar Singh,and Sushant K Singh.
In the afternoon session,participants presented crafts on the theme of water conservation from different cultures and countries. There were also some very interesting graffiti by the youth concerned over handing over a water-less planet to future generations. As Faisal observed,As such we live with 8 to 10 hours of load shedding,what will future hold for us if we dont wake up to do something about it?
The workshop on Water Conservation was Sponsored by Ministry of Water Resources,Government of India and was jointly organized by NSS-DAV College,Chandigarh and by Yuvsatta,a city-based NGO,with the help from other agencies.