The River Thames
GIWA joined forces recently with Thames21, London’s leading Thames River charity in the signing of an MoU, during which they mobilized a clean up of the rubbish strewn banks of the River Thames.
This unique collaboration saw HH Pujya Swamiji Chidanand Saraswatiji, Co-Founder of the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance, mobilise dozens of volunteers of all ages who, in searing heat, donned wellies and gloves to dig up countless discarded plastic bags and other waste that had sunk below the muddy surface at the Isle of Dogs. In the shadow of the 02 Arena Pujya Swamij modelled yoga in action by immediately and dedicatedly giving his hands to the massive task at hand.
Pujya Swamiji initiated this Thames clean up to raise awareness that all rivers are sacred as they bring life. “We should all work to keep our rivers clean and revere them as we revere the Ganga, for water is truly life and therefore holy,” said Pujya Swamiji as he helped the children dig into the muddy banks to retrieve some of the seemingly endless plastic bags.
The Thames clean up ended with all the volunteers celebrating both the Thames and Ganga and making a commitment to continue to hold regular community clean ups on the banks of the Thames, England’s most iconic river.