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  • How River Yamuna Cleaned Itself In 60 Days Of Coronavirus Lockdown

    Two months of the Coronavirus lockdown have done what successive governments could not do in 25 years with over Rs 5,000 crore at their disposal - clean up the Yamuna river.

  • Happy Earth Day! - Award-Winning Film About the Yamuna River Streams for Free for 10 Days

    Every year on April 22, Earth Day marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. Celebrate the occasion by watching 'The Stolen River' film about the plight to preserve and restore the holy river Yamuna -- streaming for free for 10 days.  

  • India Air Pollution at 'Unbearable Levels', Delhi Minister Says

    An Indian health ministry official said the city's pollution monitors did not have enough digits to accurately record pollution levels, which he called a "disaster".

  • World Environment Day: The River Yamuna Still Needs Our Help

    Despite the great efforts of and protests by hundreds of thousands of activists, and despite the countless promises by present and previous Indian governments, so far, there has not been any improvement in the Yamuna’s condition.

  • Yamuna Film “The Stolen River” Gets U.S. Premiere in Gainesville

    “The Stolen River,” which deals with an issue that has been of deep concern to devotees as well as environmentalists for years now, about the pollution of the Yamuna river, received its world premiere in India in October 2015. Since then, it has won Best Green Film at the LIFFT India Filmotsav, and was in the official selection at many other film festivals.

  • Indian Court Gives Ganges, Yamuna Same Rights as a Human

    A court in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand has granted the same legal rights as a human to the Ganges and Yamuna rivers, considered sacred by nearly a billion Indians.

  • Yamuna restoration: National Green Tribunal Asks Committee to Determine Flow

    The National Green Tribunal has directed a principal committee to hold a meeting to determine the environmental flow of Yamuna from Hatnikhund barrage in Haryana up to Agra in Uttar Pradesh. 

  • Rescuing the Stolen River Premiers at Asia’s Largest Green Film Festival

    The festival, which ran from October 9th to 13th at Delhi’s NDMC Convention Centre, is ranked in the top two environmental film festivals in the world. It deals with a vast range of issues including climate change, natural heritage conservation, biodiversity, and renewable energy. This year, the festival received a total of 178 entries from India and around the world. 


  • Rescuing the Stolen River - A Documentary, Official Trailer

    "Rescuing the Stolen River", a feature documentary produced by ISKCON devotees will be premiered at Asia's largest green film festival in New Delhi on Saturday October 10th at 11.30AM at the Delhi Convention Centre. The admission is free, but registration is required:



  • Yamuna Restoration

    The National Green Tribunal has directed a principal committee to hold a meeting to determine the environmental flow of Yamuna from Hatnikhund barrage in Haryana up to Agra in Uttar Pradesh. 

  • Green, Righteous and Dead?

    Thirty years ago no one gave a damn. You could gum up a river with factory sludge, chop down rain forests wholesale, spray fluorocarbons into the air like a kid sprinkling confetti , and non one would say boo. No longer. 

  • Indian Government Agrees to Restore Yamuna River’s “Ecological Flow”

    The Indian government has finally agreed to restore the Yamuna’s ecological flow through several steps demanded by protestors, beginning with bringing the sacred river under the Environment Protection Act within two to three months. The move is a huge victory for the Free Yamuna Campaign of Braj (the land of Lord Krishna’s pastimes), which has been fighting for years now to restore the beleaguered river.

  • Review 1994 Water Pact to Revive Yamuna: Experts

    The Centre may have assured the protesters that the "ecological flow" will be restored, but this can't be done without revisiting the water sharing agreement between five states. 

  • Yamuna River Will Be Brought Under Environment Protection Act, Says Govt

    Union Minister R. Prasad gave this assurance to the members of Yamuna Muktikaran Padyatra, undertaken for making Yamuna pollution free.

  • Coal Rush in India Could Tip Balance on Climate Change

     India’s coal rush could push the world past the brink of irreversible climate change, scientists say.

  • You Can Drink Yamuna Water and Also Swim in the River by 2017: JICA Representative

    Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), expressed hope that the Yamuna would be clean by year 2017. 

  • Swiss Apartment Village for 'Hypersensitives' - No Perfume, Mobile phones or Wi-Fi Allowed

    Europe's first entirely chemical-free housing complex was recently built in the outskirts of Zurich.

  • Toxins In Our Homes

    Indoor air levels of many pollutants are at least twice as high as outdoor levels. Since many people spend as much as 90% of their time indoors, this is a significant health concern.

  • The Save Yamuna Campaign: Environmental Activism and Devotional Service

    Unlike the irresistible natural forces that caused the disappearance of the Saraswati from the world map, the human influences that have caused lethal damage to the Yamuna River are resistible and reversible.

  • Save Yamuna (Historical Sankirtan March from 1st March 2013) Highlights
  • Midway: Message from the Gyre

    These photographs of albatross chicks were made in September 2009 on Midway Atoll, a tiny stretch of sand and coral near the middle of the North Pacific. The nesting babies are fed bellies-full of plastic by their parents, who soar out over the vast polluted ocean collecting what looks to them like food to bring back to their young. On this diet of human trash, every year tens of thousands of albatross chicks die on Midway from starvation, toxicity, and choking.

    To document this phenomenon as faithfully as possible, not a single piece of plastic in any of these photographs was moved, placed, manipulated, arranged, or altered in any way. These images depict the actual stomach contents of baby birds in one of the world's most remote marine sanctuaries, more than 2000 miles from the nearest continent.

    ~Chris Jordan, cinematographer (October 2009)

  • Yamuna: A River in Peril

    A short film by Yamuna Network.

    Executive Producers: Kuvelesaya Zakheim, Raoul Goff
    Director of Photography: Filip Cargonja
    Camera: Filip Cargonja, Kuvelesaya Zakheim, Ian Shive
    Editor: Hilary Tapper

    To find out how to get involved in the movement to save the river Yamuna please visit or

  • Man: A Shocking Video about Environmental Pollution

    A short film by Steve Cutts.

  • Supreme Court Order Precedes Biggest March Yet for Yamuna River

    Beginning with a Supreme Court order in New Delhi in November, recent developments show an escalation in the battle for India’s sacred Yamuna river—which was declared ‘dead’ by the Ecological Department of India.

  • ISKCON Joins Call for Indian Government to Clean Up Yamuna River
    Representatives from ISKCON, Environmental Organizations and other Hindu organizations presented letters at Indian Embassies in several capitals of the world including Washington D.C., London, and Brussels in connection with the Sri Krishna Janmastami holiday, expressing their grave concern about deadly levels of pollution affecting India’s Yamuna River.
  • Signature Collection Campaign to Save Yamuna
    ISKCON has joined the worldwide campaign "Save Yamuna: A message from all over the world", which, by the cooperative effort of devotees and volunteers, is growing day by day.
  • Satyamev Jayate : Water - Every drop counts

    After air, the next most vital thing for our survival is water. While at the moment we have enough water for our needs, a time is likely to come when our water supply runs out and we have to buy water at a price similar to fuel. The solution, which some people have implemented, is to save and store rainwater.

    Satyamev Jayate is an immensely popular talk show on Indian Television hosted by a super star of Indian Cinema – Amir Khan. Apart from the critics, film, social and political personalities, the show was well received by the television viewers describing it as "a gutsy, hard-hitting and sensible program that strikes an emotional chord with the audiences.

    From the film's 26th minute the program features the pollution of the Yamuna river.

  • Burgeoning Eco-River Crisis Threatens New Delhi and Beyond
    The GBC Executive Committee offers its appreciation to the Save Yamuna River Project. The Yamuna is a sacred river for all devotees of Lord Krishna and members of the broader Hindu faith.
  • Bring Yamuna Devi Back to Vrindavan - A Special Kirtan at the Croatian Summer Camp

    Performed by Madhava Naidoo in July, 2012, Croatia.

  • Solutions For Toxic Indoor Air Pollution

    The average "modern" home is filled with toxic pollution. In 2006, according to the Consumer Products Safety Commission, 150 of the chemicals in cleaning products have been linked to allergic reactions, birth trauma and defects, cancer, as well as mental health disturbances.

  • Battle for the Yamuna Makes Waves in Delhi
    After a month-and-a-half-long march in protest of the pollution of the sacred river Yamuna, thousands of sadhus, Krishna devotees, and environmentalists have made huge waves in the political scene and brought the attention of the Indian public to the plight of what has been called a “dead river.”
  • Our Phone Calls May Be Killing the Bees
    Soon we may face the serious conundrum of having to hang up moblie phones to save the honey. A new study has concluded that cellular phone calls disrupt a vital honeybee communication signal, causing the bees to become terminally confused and die.
  • 72 People On Hunger Strike For The Yamuna
    72 people have been on a hunger strike since the 16th of April. An open letter of appeal has been sent to the President of India and Prime Minister of India demanding they immediately issue public notices stating the actual condition of the Yamuna beyond Delhi.
  • Environmental Pollution is a Spiritual Problem
    The claim is that all our environmental problems can be solved by listening to the compelling call of our timeless culture. Pollution, as stated in the scriptures, is a direct result of “over-consumption”, which in turn is a product of greed, and greed is generated by materialism combined with secularism.
  • Is It The Arctic Circle? No, It Is The Yamuna River!
    Simultaneously to the big procession from Allahabad to New Delhi, ISKCON devotees are doing an awareness campaign to save the Yamuna river.
  • Call For International Protest to Save the Yamuna River
    On March 3rd, a march started from Allahabad to New Delhi to draw the the public`s attention to the the issue of the pollution of the holy Yamuna River. Muslim and Sikh leaders, as well as the Indian Farmers Union have all joined the cause. The organizers are asking groups outside India to send supporting letters that could be presented to the Government of India.
  • Padayatra To Save Yamuna From Pollution
    "Yamuna, considered as a pious in mythology, is now counted among the most polluted rivers in India," said Bhanu Pratap Singh, president Bhartiya Kisan Union, Mathura. Delhi alone contributes around 3,296 mld (million litres per day) of sewage in the form of drains which fall into the river.
  • Millions in U.S. Drink Dirty Water, Records Show
    More than 20 percent of the nation’s water treatment systems have violated key provisions of the Safe Drinking Water Act over the last five years
  • In Industrial Thailand, Health and Business Collide
    MAP TA PHUT, Thailand — Villagers here avoid walking in the rain because they say it burns their skin and causes their hair to fall out. They have trouble breathing at night when, they say, factories release toxic fumes. And they are terrified by what studies show are unusually high cancer rates.
  • India Tells West to Stop Eating Beef
    The environment minister, Jairam Ramesh, said if the world abandoned beef consumption, emissions would be dramatically reduced and global warming would slow down.
  • Ten 'Most Polluted Places' Named

    A list of the world's most polluted places has been published by a US-based independent environmental group.

  • Environmental Destruction in Vrindavana
    Their hearts full of devotion, hundreds of thousands of pilgrims will stream into Braj Bhoomi [India] around Tuesday for Janmashtami - the birthday of Lord Krishna. But most will turn a blind eye to the poor condition of the sacred area.