Saturday, 1 June 2019

We only Conserve what we Love



“For in the end, we will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught.”
– Baba Dioum

In today's world, kids are getting more and more detached from nature. They spend more time in front of computers and mobile phones than actually looking in front of them. Kids have a lot to learn from nature. Take your kid for a walk in the forest, for a hike or a trek. Take them to see some birds or wildlife in their own habitat. Let the kids learn how majestic these animals are in their own place.

After all, they will understand what they are taught. And when the kids understand nature, wildlife and learn to love them today, they will try to save this home planet tomorrow.

Friday, 31 May 2019

The Other Avengers


Everyone is born into this world knowing love, hunger and trust. As our experiences grow, we tend to learn fear, mistrust and jealousy. I have even heard of animals taking revenge and feeling hatred, but what if one day these animals decided to avenge for suffering of their fellows in the hands of humanity? How many months, days, minutes it will be before we are extinct?

Thursday, 30 May 2019

The Bigger Picture


I have heard people say how insignificant they feel when they look at the vastness of the sea. I understand completely but my primary feeling is of being one with the universe. That I could exist along with this vastness makes me feel a part of the story that is still being written. It doesn't make me feel small but part of the bigger picture. That I matter, what I do matters. Everyone is important and essential, however small. And all of us get to choose to love and cherish this sea, its every drop and every life living in it. 

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Real Education


Education is not just for earning money. Education should prepare us for the life ahead. It should teach us the real meaning of life on earth. That we can't survive alone. We need the whole planet and everything in it to survive. It should teach us the meaning of humanity. That it's not just about us. We need to care for everything and everyone in the bigger picture if we actually love ourselves. Education should tell us that our actions have consequences. When we harm someone or something...today or tomorrow, we should be able to change the course of those actions. 
Love and respect for everyone doesn't come through degree. But when it comes through true education at an early age, it sticks for life.

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Basic Needs


Bandhavgarh Queen, a mother, Spotty, out on her patrol to guard the much needed territory when her tiny new born cubs are hidden away, sleeping. 


These magnificent beasts of nature don't demand too much. A natural habitat to call a home (territory), enough food to stay alive, water to quench thirst, shade to rest and cool down in a hot summer day. And maybe most importantly, safe haven to raise their young. Sadly, sometimes we fail them in even that.


We shrink their habitat, kill them or their food, global warming vaporizes their water, less trees means lesser places to rest. And safety?!!? Many think jungle safaris are risky. But the fact is tigers are endangered (due to human interference) and humans seem to be thriving. Tell me then who is the real danger and who needs protection?


Monday, 27 May 2019

Oasis in Concrete Desert



After we grow up, our school and colleges are the treasure trove of soothing memories that provide us a respite. My place of education was quite literally the place for quick respite. The city of my education is known to be one of the most hot and humid places in the country. And yet, even in peak summer, when nothing seems to shade us from the relentless heat, the campus was an oasis, at least 2 degrees cooler than the outside world. The only difference I could figure out over the years is lots of trees and lakes inside the campus.

Not all of us can afford air conditioning. And with constantly depleting natural resources, who knows how long even the rest of us will be able to afford it!! How are we going to escape from the rising temperatures if we continue to destroy our oasis at this speed?

Sunday, 26 May 2019

Genocide



The United Nations Genocide Convention defines genocide as "acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group". Sadly, this definition is only applicable of atrocities humans commit against other humans. In last 45 years, humans have killed 60% of earth's wildlife. What do you call it but a genocide?
The rate of human development is causing the highest form of destruction ever witnessed in history. Out of the 8 million animal and plant species on Earth, 1 million are threatened with extinction. These warnings are coming out of a report by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).
How will we ever pay for these sins and the ones we continue to commit against those innocent creatures?