Sunday, 5 June 2016

World Environment Day 2016

Another edition of World Environment Day is here. Media will be full of reports showing some politician (or a celebrity) making a speech or planting a sapling. Nobody asks the politicians "How is last year's sapling doing?" And that is the key-- sustainability.

Earth is a beautiful place to live in. But the question is 'will the glory remain or sustain'? With rampant deforestation, destruction and encroachments of lakes, ponds and river banks, we may not have such glorious sunsets in future.

Remember the floods in Chennai in Nov 2015. Was it not man-made? Had the flood banks of the river not been encroached by builder-politician nexus, we wouldn't have lost so many lives and property. You may refresh your memory with our earlier picture stories-- just click the links below:
Chennai floods are man made
Shrinking of Kolleru Lake in Andhra Pradesh (see the maps therein)

This is not all. Such disasters are waiting to happen in Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Varanasi, and many such locations. Landslides and devastation in Garhwal and Kumaon Himalayas every year are a case in point.

Once the forests, lakes and ponds are lost, will we continue to see the birds and other fauna in their natural habitat? Answer it your self.

What can we do? What can I do?
Ghumakkad firmly believes that every person's effort counts in preservation of the environment. Be it keeping your surroundings clean and green, or vermi-composting your kitchen waste, or avoiding the use of plastics, or using solar energy at home (for cooking, heating the water or generating electricity or recharging cell phones etc)-- each one of us can make a difference! Therefore, let us not wait for somebody else to improve the environment, let us do it ourselves-- however small our effort be.

Happy Environment Day!

   Harsh-the-Ghumakkad/ 5th June 2016