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Green Kumbh Yatra to save environment

 

The Tribune, New Delhi, 15th October, 2012

It’s a “Kumbh” pilgrimage with a difference. Coinciding with the ongoing United Nations Convention on Biodiversity here, environmental activists have undertaken “Green Kumbh Yatra” to Allahabad as part of a campaign to promote public awareness about conservation of biodiversity.

“It is an environmental pilgrimage on foot and non-motorised vehicles that will traverse 1,125 km through rural routes. The yatra will culminate at Allahabad, the site of Maha Kumbh Mela, in January 2013,” the organisers said.

The Green Kumbh Yatra was flagged off from the venue of the 11th Conference of Parties (COP-11) to the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD) here today.

GYAN and Living Planet Foundation, in collaboration with the Hyderabad-based Vikasa Tarangani, the CBD secretariat, Sacred Natural Sites Initiative, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and other groups are conducting the yatra in which international delegates and spiritual leaders will take part.

A decorated “Kumbh” (brass pitcher) consisting of samples of fabric from across the world were presented to CBD executive secretary D’Souza Dias before the launch of the yatra. A special cultural show was organised depicting India’s culture and biodiversity.

In context of the ongoing biodiversity convention, it has been named “Green Kumbh”, as a symbol of the “web of life” that includes animals, humans, plants, microscopic creatures and their habitats on the planet.

LONG WALK

  • The environmental “pilgrimage” on foot and non-motorised vehicles will cover 1,125 km through rural routes
  • Flagged off from the venue of the 11th Conference of Parties (COP-11) to the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD) on Sunday
  • Will culminate at the site of Maha Kumbh Mela in Allahabad in January