Earth Day Celebrations
On Earth Day, the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance came together with Swarovski WaterSchools, Parmarth Niketan Ashram, other local schools and organizations to organize a beautification campaign that began with the Rishikesh train station. Hundreds of school students from across the region converged at the Rishikesh Train Station to paint and beautify it in honour of International Mother Earth Day. They were joined and guided by artists from across India and around the world to send a unified message of love for the natural wonders of the Ganga and the Himalayas through the power of art and community.
Blessing the occasion were HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, President of Parmarth Niketan, Co-Founder of the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance, Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji, President of the Divine Shakti Foundation, Secretary General of GIWA and joining to show their support for this inspiring initiative were Mayor of Rishikesh Smt Anita Mamgain, Chief Reservation Officer Shri AK Sharmaji and other dignitaries.
Mobilising countless volunteers, international artists and children from across Rishikesh throughout the day, GIWA’s dedicated volunteers were seen with great energy and enthusiasm, working together in loving harmony, bringing walls, pillars and benches to life with stunning murals depicting the nature and wildlife of the Ganga and Himalayan biodiversity, for which Rishikesh is a renowned portal. Within a short amount of time, what had been a plain white main hall blossomed with the creativity of Rishikesh’s young artists, who were equally inspired by the theme of International Earth Day- “Protect Our Species.”