Why are clean rivers important? How can we clean the river?

Our rivers and canals are a scene of filth, filth and pollution. Photo: File

Rivers are the most important part of human life, but not everyone is aware of this basic fact.

The proof is that our rivers and canals are a scene of filth, filth and pollution, and the stench as if they are garbage dumps. The appearance of filth in the rivers is not only a closed scene but also a possible threat to the destruction of our drinking water and endanger the life of natural life. The issue is so serious, sensitive and complex that even garbage dumped in a street eventually becomes part of the garbage that reaches rivers and canals.

River source of drinking water

Nearly all human populations in cities, towns and villages depend on river water. Before the water reaches the taps of our houses, however, it goes through a cleaning process. However, if our rivers remain polluted, then the water will never be clean enough to be used for human needs. Therefore, it is very important that we protect our river systems and protect them from pollution, so that water continues to reach the taps of our homes.

Habitat for river animals and species

Rivers are home to hundreds of animals and other life forms. However, most species of aquatic life in rivers are already at serious risk of extinction due to the debris, litter, toxins and chemicals discharged into these rivers. There are some species that can be saved now only if we clean our rivers.

Clean river, path to social and economic development

Clean and healthy rivers play a key role in reducing human health risks and improving living standards. With less dirt on the riverbanks and a reduction in nature-damaging activities, these shores are transformed into clean and safe passages and walking tracks, where people can walk and improve their health. Through clean beaches and healthy activities, tourists can also be attracted to these areas, which also helps in improving the economic condition of the residents of the area.

Urban waste and industrial waste

Rivers are at high risk from urban waste and plastics as well as industrial effluents. Industrial waste contains chemicals that not only make water unusable but also endanger the survival of all water-dependent aquatic and wildlife. Then this industrial waste cannot be easily separated from water. Instead of dumping industrial waste into the water, it is disposed of in special ways so that it does not cause destruction of rivers, canals or groundwater.

How can you clean the river?

Clean river water and flow are essential for our clean water and better life as well as for the survival of wild and aquatic life. In addition, the clean rivers themselves are a mirror of the beautiful landscape.

In this regard, it is not necessary to rely on government initiatives or wait for the campaigns of big organizations, but all individuals will have to go ahead and take steps to protect the rivers so that there is pressure on governments and nature-linked organizations. Or if a community goes out on its own to start a cleanup campaign, there are some basic things to keep in mind.

Wear rubber gloves

If you are starting to clean a river in a place where there may be a large amount of chemicals in the river water, it is very important to remove the plastic or other visible material from the water with bare hands. Make yourself safe.

Thick rubber gloves are important in this regard. In addition, after removing dirt, debris and debris from the river, it is very important that you do not leave them on the river banks but put them in regular bins. Write ‘bio hazard’ or ‘hazardous material’ on these boxes so that no one else touches it unknowingly.

Then dispose of this accumulated garbage or other materials in an orderly manner, which is an environmentally friendly method. It would be more appropriate for you to contact an eco-friendly organization that disposes of such material or make it part of your campaign. Otherwise, there is a risk of your garbage and materials being taken out of the river and getting back into the river.

Riverside Park

In the current context of river pollution, even the smallest step is not only helpful, but it also conveys the message of raising public awareness of the environment. In cleaning the riverbanks, be sure to remember the parks and picnic spots where people come for sightseeing, but before leaving, they leave a lot of garbage there, including plastic. In addition to the cleanliness of these areas, messages and reminders for future eco-friendly approaches are essential.

Garbage bins

Garbage bins should be arranged wherever the river bank is to be cleaned. Doing a cleaning campaign or cleaning up any part of the shore at once will not be a problem. It is also important to adopt a method of raising awareness in order to discourage littering and dumping of rubbish here and there.

How to start a campaign?

Of course, no one can clean up the river. For this, a river cleaning event can be arranged on social media, in which the way is open for the participation of people or community in your area. Family and friends should be included and then other people should be made a part of this event. If local government and officials as well as eco-friendly organizations are involved in any such event, then the cleanup event can be even more successful. (Courtesy DW)

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