Saturday, 15 June 2019

Where do we stand?

We keep hearing about Endangered species like Bengal Tiger, Asian Elephant, Polar Bear. But today I want to talk about us, human beings. Have you thought of where on the Conservation list (Extinct, Critically Endangered, Endangered, Vulnerable, Least Concern)? We always assume it to be Least Concern.

But let's look at the facts. The UN said that -- under a business-as-usual scenario -- millions of premature deaths could be expected due to air pollution, mass species extinction affecting the ability to meet human food and resource needs, and freshwater pollutants making antimicrobial-resistant infections a major cause of death by 2050. So the various animals and plants going extinct will have direct and indirect impact on our food chain and availability of oxygen.

Authors David Spratt and Ian Dunlop, both longtime climate researchers, warn that climate change at present poses a "near-to-mid-term existential threat to human civilization."

In short, let's change the status of Humans to "Vulnerable" at the least. But there is one important factor here, Humans, unlike other species, don't have anyone else to blame for their own end. So it's in our hands to not just save our planet but ourselves as well.

Friday, 14 June 2019

Water.. Water... Everywhere

Water has always been an attraction for me, let it be a lake, stream, river or sea... I will always be fascinated by the water bodies. 60% of our body is water, maybe this is my way of finding what I am, if I am able to understand this 60%, maybe one day I will understand me.

Thursday, 13 June 2019

Kids to forest Part 2

All parents want to spend quality time with their kids. How about mixing this time with some quality learning as well?
Kids have a lot to learn from nature. Take your kid for a walk in the forest, for a hike or a trek. Let them learn that it's not about the destination all the time. And it's fine and even inevitable to fall. What is important is to pick themselves up and continue forward. The path of life is not going to be smooth either. They need to learn that what will save us in the end is kindness and love. Show them how to be kind to their fellow human  beings and their surroundings. Make them fall in love with nature and all it's gifts. That is the only guarantee for a happy life.

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Global Warming

Are we still denying global warming? Are we still thinking it's because of reduced heat tolerance of the rich people? Forget what happens in the arctic, it's too far. Let's look at some data from our home.

India is currently witnessing its worst-ever heat wave, where several places have witnessed temperatures of 48 degrees Celsius and above in 2019. In most of these places this temperature is record high - sometimes 5-6 degrees higher than normal. Some places in Rajasthan have crossed 50 degrees mark.

"Heat wave is declared when temperature remains at 45 degrees Celsius and above for two days running. It gets a "severe" tag when mercury touches 47 degrees."
This is not a one off scenario. In last few decades heat waves have become increasingly frequent.

"Since 2004, the country has experienced 11 of the 15 warmest years. Last year was the sixth-warmest since 1901, when preserving weather records started in the country. Last week, 11 of the 15 hottest places in the world were located in India, the rest were in neighbouring Pakistan, weather monitoring website El Dorado reported."

Scientists have warned that the heat wave phenomena is going to become more and more common. These heat waves are already costing hundreds of lives every year. Since 2010, more than 6000 people have died in heat waves in the country, according to official reports. How much more evidences, how many more deaths is needed for us to start taking actions?

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Eating Paper

A game many of us played as children is eating small pieces of paper. To hide something from our parents or siblings, or to pull our best friend's leg. But it was always paper. Imagine if you had to eat pieces of plastic!! And not as a game, as part of your regular diet, unknowingly.

We humans create nearly 10 million tonnes of plastic waste every year. Plastic takes hundreds of years to get naturally decomposed. So the waste that we generate are either burned, producing harmful greenhouse gas or thrown into landfills or leaks into the world’s oceans to be ingested by sea birds, fish and other organisms. Plastic kills thousands of birds, animals and fishes every year. The consequences of our actions are affecting the farthest reaches of the planet. Some numbers to note:
1. It is now believed that there are 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris in the ocean. Of that mass, 269,000 tons float on the surface, while some four billion plastic microfibers per square kilometer litter the deep sea.
2. 100,000 marine creatures a year die from plastic entanglement and these are the ones found.
3. Approximately 1 million sea birds also die from plastic.
4. One piece of plastic can harm many animals. The dead animal decomposes and the plastic is released to kill another animal

The harmful reaches of plastic do not stop at that, it is also finding its way back to human food chain. Just think, we are digesting tiny pieces of plastic through seafood and other food items. Looks like we have graduated from eating paper as a child playfully to eating plastic as part of our regular food intake!!

Monday, 10 June 2019

Singers of the Universe

Music gives solace to human mind. But have we ever thought where does this idea of music originate from? The inspiration is nature... the singers of the universe, the birds. Isn't this why we honour our singers by calling them nightingale? Any sweet voice is anointed as the koel? What will happen to our voices/ our music if there are no nightingales or koels in this universe? How dull is life without the chirping of these birds?

Sunday, 9 June 2019


People often ask me, you have seen a tiger once, why go back again? But I haven't seen all the tigers yet, all of them are different and have met me at different stages of their life, even at different times in my life. Also everytime the circumstances have been totally different. Like when I met Matkasur, he was on a stroll, when I met Baras, she was resting but on a look out for a hunt. Do we stop meeting friends after seeing them once, why would this be any different??