Celebrate Tilak Holi, Save Water
People are busy fighting over petty issues like jeans, pub culture, land or number of seats in Parliament. They tend to neglect the bigger issues endangering the very existence of human race on Earth. There is a global water crisis going on. Here are some facts about water.
- Water covers 75 per cent of the Earth’s surface — 97.5 per cent of that is salt water, only 2.5 per cent is freshwater. Icecaps and glaciers hold 74 per cent of the world’s freshwater. Almost all the rest is deep underground, or locked in soils as moisture or permafrost. Only 0.3 per cent of the world’s freshwater is found in rivers or lakes.
- Within 25 years, half the world’s population could have trouble finding enough freshwater for drinking and irrigation.
- Currently, over 80 countries, representing 40 per cent of the world’s people, are subject to serious water shortages. Conditions may get worse in the next 50 years as populations grow and as global warming disrupts rainfall patterns.
- A third of the world lives in water stressed areas where consumption outstrips supply. West Asia faces the greatest threat. Over 90 per cent of the region’s population is experiencing severe water stress, with water consumption exceeding 10 per cent of renewable freshwater resources.
- One in six people still have no regular access to safe drinking water.
- More than twice that number (2.4 billion people) lack access to adequate sanitation facilities.
- In Africa, 300 million people—40 per cent of the population—live without basic sanitation and hygiene, an increase of 70 million since 1990.
The Festival of Holi will be celebrated in India on March 11 by people throwing colors and spraying colored water on each other. But is it really necessary? Just imagine the water wastage in both playing Holi and then in bathing to remove the colors. A leading Hindi daily, Dainik Bhaskar has launched a campaign called “Tilak Holi” requesting Indians to celebrate Holi wisely by just applying a “tilak” on each other.
Kudos to Dainik Bhaskar’s team for such an important campaign and about time too! Personally I have never liked Holi :)
Let us all join the campaign as responsible global citizens and human beings and make our contribution towards conserving water by celebrating Holi with as little color and water as possible.
DO NOT USE WATER SPRAYS OR WATER BALLOONS.
DO NOT USE EXCESSIVE COLORS. JUST WISH EACH OTHER WITH A TILAK.
ONE DAY OF “FOLLOWING TRADITIONS/CUSTOMS” WILL PROVE TO BE A DISASTER.
SPREAD THE WORD, INSPIRE YOUR FRIENDS, PEERS, FAMILY AND NEIGHBOURS TO CELEBRATE A “TILAK HOLI”.
WISH YOU ALL A HAPPY TILAK HOLI.