Saturday, 4 January 2020

This world is ours, all of ours. Not just of humans, not just of rich individuals, the 1%.

All the resources of this world are to be shared. But these days we have to have national parks and wildlife sanctuary to tell humans to give space for other animals as well.

How arrogant can we be, where we don't even give basic right of living to other species of this world?

Friday, 3 January 2020


The mother had to go out to look for food for those little kids. Ever since they have started staying away from the family, there was nobody to take care of the kids. The mother was on her own. Kids are now big enough to demand food other than their mother’s milk, but not big enough to take care of themselves. So the mother had to leave them on their own, praying and wishing nothing will happen to them when she is away. The kids are so mischievous, they don’t sit still. They roam around the whole neighbourhood, without much idea about all the dangers waiting for them in every corner. So the mother worries.

The mother is now back. She has found some food for their family. But where have they gone? She can’t find them anymore. She cries and calls out for them, but where are they? She is tired and hungry now, needs to rest, and needs to eat. But she won’t stop looking for her kids.

Oh wait!! Does she hear something? A familiar voice calling enthusiastically from around the corner? Yes, there are those chubby feet running towards her. They run as if their mother is the only thing they want in the world. They run and embrace. Now their mother is back, they aren't leaving her for even a second, not letting her out of their loving arms.

Oh look, there is an eager photographer  there. What better moment to get you family picture than now!! Smile...and click. 

Thursday, 2 January 2020

The alternative choice

In recent times, I see a lot of efforts in making environmentally sustainable alternatives. Starting from organic farming  produce to sustainable clothes, seafood, edible cutlery, natural cleaning products, no-animal-cruelty cosmetics and fashion products.

The rate of innovation and its adaptation is still not enough. It needs to have a more wider range of acceptance. Everyone of us play an important role into that. We, consumers need to consciously shift our choices towards these products so that the manufacturers get enough incentive to produce more and innovate more. Governments also need to encourage such products by offering subsidies. Governments will not do it until the consumer demand shifts. So in my view, this is one place where we can't say anymore, 'what can I do? I am just an individual'. 

Wednesday, 1 January 2020

Our planet, our home is in trouble. Barrack Obama said: 'We are the first generation to feel the effect of climate change and the last generation who can do something about it.' Many of us know it already. But I see different levels of commitment to the cause.

Some people still don't really care. They are still committed just to their own convenience. And if they belong to the 'rich' society, they are still the fortunate ones who have not yet faced the consequences of environmental degradation. There is another section of people who take actions only when the negative impacts come and knock on their own door, affect their own lives.

On the other end of the spectrum, there are some people who have dedicated their lives to helping the environment. And then there are some other people who would do their own bit sincerely and then some. Some of them lack the required awareness or knowledge to understand how all our actions affect the environment. But once they know, they would try everything to change their way of life.

What makes me hopeful is the last group of people. I see this group steadily growing over time. I hope in coming years this group grows to a sizable population to actually make a positive change. The change needs to happen and it needs to happen soon. 

Tuesday, 31 December 2019

Migration & climate change

Due to wether changes, Flamingos have become migratory birds. When the weather pattern changes, the local resident bird species are the first to adapt. But the migratory species travel thousands of miles over weeks or even months so that they can reproduce and feed their cheeks, only to find that there is no food left for them.

Due to global warming, the migratory pattern of the flamingos has become unpredictable. Human establishments have encroached over most of the water bodies suited for these birds. Climate change is also reducing their food source dramatically.

The story isn't true only for flamingos. There are many different animal species on earth who migrate annually or semi annually at a specific time in search of better food source. All these species are suffering due to climate change. 

Monday, 30 December 2019

Flamingos are water birds, so they live in and around lagoons or lakes. These bodies of water tend to be saline or alkaline. Flamingos are generally nonmigratory, but changes in climate or water levels in their breeding areas will cause them to relocate, according to Sea World.

Flamingos travel huge distance every year in search of food. They tune their reproductive cycle in such a way that their chicks get enough food and grow strong soon enough to adapt to their migratory lifestyle.

Flamingos have specific food needs that is heavily dependent on climatic conditions, especially temperature and rainfall. Flamingos feed on small insects, larvae, small fish, algae that form on the shore of receding water bodies or the shallow stagnant water. Any changes in the rainfall pattern has the potential to completely wipe out their food source. If there is too much rain, they won't have the shallow water they need to find algae and if there is a drought, no algae will form and no fish will be available.

Sunday, 29 December 2019

Annual Guests

Recently I had the privilege of visiting some of our annual guests....flamingos, the beautiful migratory birds who come from far away land every year, looking for food around the water bodies. Flamingos in flock can paint the whole landscape pink, with their elegant long pink neck, strong pink beak.

The flamingos get their pink colour because of the algae they consume are loaded with beta carotene, an organic chemical that contains a reddish-orange pigment.

Carotenoid levels in their food vary in different parts of the world, which is why American flamingos are usually bright red and orange, while lesser flamingos of the drought-plagued Lake Nakuru in central Kenya tend to be a paler pink.

If a flamingo were to stop eating food containing carotenoids, its new feathers would begin growing in with a much paler shade, and its reddish feathers would eventually molt away. Molted feathers lose their pinkish hue.

Flamingos are really what they eat!!!