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Isha Foundation Rejects Leonardo’s support! – Calls it fame game!

The sources claimed that the very celestial celebrity and the Oscar winner Leonardo DiCarprio had extended his support for cauvery calling campaign for fame!

HIGHLIGHTS CAUVERY CALLING!

  • Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio has extended his support for the ‘Cauvery Calling’ initiative in India
  • He posted a picture of the river along with a message on his Facebook account
  • ‘Cauvery Calling’ is a movement initiated by the Isha Foundation in order to save the revitalize the Cauvery river
  • The support for Cauvery Calling campaign was deemed to be the publicity calling by Environment Support Group (ESG).

The letter that addressed the activist Leonardo DiCaprio asking him to withdraw his support for the campaign – Cauvery Calling – was endorsed by 95 civil society groups.

Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio has extended his support for the ‘Cauvery Calling’ initiative in India. He posted a picture of the river along with a message on his Facebook account on September 21. Last year, the founder of Isha Foundation, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev was invited by DiCaprio’s foundation for his companies ‘Earth Sense’ event. ‘Cauvery Calling’ is a movement initiated by the Isha Foundation in order to save and revitalize the Cauvery river in south India.

The news has graced the public in several different ways, the Isha Foundation headed by ‘Sadhguru’ Jaggi Vasudev has responded to a letter compiled by the Environment Support Group (ESG) and endorsed by as many as 95 civil society groups across the country asking actor and climate activist Leonardo DiCaprio to withdraw his support for the foundation’s campaign – Cauvery Calling.

Social Media “CAUVERY CALLING”

The Isha Foundation termed the letter compiled by Leo Saldanha of the ESG as an attempt “to gain publicity“. DiCaprio had posted an endorsement of the campaign on his social media page on September 21.

The letter compiled by ESG had argued that Cauvery Calling campaign did not comprehend the Cauvery river basin’s realities. In a response, Swami Tushya of the Isha Foundation said,

Cauvery Calling is a multi-stakeholder project that has garnered support from Tamil Nadu and Karnataka governments, the Prime Minister of India, UNCCD, UNDP, and above all, widespread support from the farming communities. The Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Govt of India, Jal Shakti Ministry, Govt. of India.

The response also goes on to list a number of eminent entrepreneurs and IAS officials who have endorsed the campaign.

The letter compiled by ESG also questioned whether the native ecological needs of the Cauvery river basin were considered before launching the campaign.

“Planting trees is welcome, but only when it is done where needed, and by choosing appropriate species. It is a process that is best done consultatively, based on local needs, and sensitive to local ecological dynamics. Besides, such a programme must be undertaken with appropriate social action – ground up, involving constitutionally empowered Panchayats, and statutory Forest Rights Committees, Biodiversity Management Committees, Ward Committees, etc,”

reads the letter by ESG.

Looks like the ESG hadn’t done the complete survey of the Cauvery river basin and the national bodies that were involved in revitalizing the river. Responding to this, Swami Tushya of the Isha Foundation said that “appropriate species of trees” will be planted in each segment of the Cauvery basin.

The response stated,

“We have listed the appropriate species to be planted in each segment of the entire basin stretch – we have compiled this list with advice from Karnataka Forest Department,  Institute of Agricultural Technologists, Institute of Agroforestry Farmers  & Technologists, Forest College and Research Institute, Tamil Nadu Agriculture University, academics, and Ministry of Environment, Govt of India, individual experts who have decades of experience in agroforestry and trees in the Cauvery basin before the Cauvery Calling plan was developed.”

Worse case! Cauvery Calling, the activists that had no purpose to swing the objective of the mission in different direction, were prejudiced?  

Activists had also accused the programme of ‘promoting a monoculturist paradigm of landscape restoration which people of India have rejected long ago. Besides, such a programme could create unintended and unforeseen social and ecological consequences, as planting trees in certain regions (grasslands and floodplains for instance) could result in drying up of streams and rivulets, and destruction of wildlife habitats.

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