September 30, 2016, 3:47 PM
It was an historic IDP celebration for us on 21st September 2016. URI inaugurated the River Rights Campaign in South India. Rev. Dr. Victor Kazanjian, URI International Executive Director, launched the campaign in the presence of Traveling Peace Academy participants from different parts of the world, and a host of other invitees, at a beauty spot named "Meen Pidippara" falls at Kottarakkara.
Matthew Cobb, from the U.S., offered special prayers by burning incense and singing aboriginal hymns with the accompaniment of a traditional drum. Sally Mahe (USA), Matthew Youde (UK), Alice Swett (US), Nivy Balachandran (Australia), Karen Barenche (South Africa), Susan Anayatin (Philippines), Dr. Alam (Bangladesh), Srinivasan Yogendra, and Haseema (Sri Lanka), Adel (Australia), Caroline (US), and so many luminaries were present in addition to many other dignitaries.
We should make a difference. All of us took a pledge to protect our sweet, flowing rivers. We partner with our ally All Kerala Balajana Sakhyam, as they are also envisaging year-long projects to save water.