Target: Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India
Goal: Create stronger water preservation policies to make droughts less lethal.
India is prone to blazing hot weather and droughts, yet their government has been inept at dealing with these crises year after year and it has resulted in widespread human suffering. Part of the problem is clearly the increased frequency of extreme weather as a result of climate change. However, India’s drought problems are also a combination of policy failures and the government’s apathy toward the poor.
Droughts are a common occurrence in both India and in many other parts of the world. Many nations have created ways to deal with droughts through water preservation. India has done no such thing. Rajendra Singh, a water conservationist from drought-hit Rajasthan, said that India’s “manmade drought” is the result of the Indian government’s careless attitude about water security.”You have a reserve police, you have a reserve army, but you have no reserve water,” he said. “This is the biggest policy failure.”
An Indian economist named H.M. Desarda referred to the crisis as an “ideological failure” in that India has forgotten to value its agriculture. Many farmers are dying as a result of the droughts, while other parts of the country have surpluses of drinking water. Ten different states have declared a state of drought. One of the worst situations is in the state of Maharashtra, where many people don’t have water to drink or cook. Hospitals in Maharashtra have had to stop surgeries because of a lack of water, and several agro-based industries have been forced to shut down.
This lack of care around the droughts is unacceptable. Sign the petition below to demand that comprehensive plans are created by India’s government to immediately improve water preservation and human survival.
Dear Prime Minister Modi,
The current apathetic attitude you and the rest of the Indian government has toward providing water for communities throughout India during droughts has resulted in massive suffering. The death toll numbers among farmers are particularly alarming, and are a direct result of the lack of water. These farmers are plagued by crop failures, and as many as 3,228 farmers committed suicide last year alone.
There are many actions you can take that can help alleviate the suffering during droughts. You can create alternate forms of employment for farmers during the drought seasons. You can also simply provide them with drinking water and food for both them and their animals. In order to accomplish these things, your government must get more serious about watershed management, rainwater harvesting and agroforestry.
Droughts have always been around, yet the ways in which we cope with them have vastly improved other the years. You and your government must take advantage of these technological advancements. We ask you to create effective plans for water preservation that will improve your people’s quality of life and, even more importantly, their survival.
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