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{March 2, 2013}   What i learnt while trying to clean a national park

I spent my last weekend in a very interesting fashion.A friend and a mentor of mine  Rohit Rao (A wildlife conservationist told me he was organising a  clean up in Kudremukha .I said yes to the mere temptation of an opportunity  to go to  Kudremukha National Park (Kudremukha is part of westren ghats and was recently awarded world heritage site status) .

one of the  views of kudremukha

one of the views of kudremukha

The plan was to clean up the entire 62 kms stretch . Around 8 of us started  working in the morning  after    loading our tummies with yummy mangalorean breakfast. For the next  2 hours or so we managed to clean only 200 mts such was the plastic accumulation .We filled around 8 gunny bags of plastic which included 300 plastic bottles and around 70 liquor tins/ glass bottles.This was a major realization to all of us. The rest of the sacks were filled with items of everyday use the biscuit packets of the biscuits we relish every day , the chips packets  and the chocolate wrappers we crave for ever so often, and the take aways boxes from our favorite restaurants. I began wondering how much of burden we add everyday to earth with these little plastic packets.Even so in the recent past with those enticing ads and all the talk about consumerism benefiting our economy. Ever major company has started selling affordable little packets in the name of boosting economies but, what we are not realizing that we are loosing our real wealth our environment. We all need to consciously put in more efforts to reduce our plastic consumption. Even if we did, we need to ensure the recycling of this plastic.

There is a reason why plastic is banned in National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries .They are  inhibited by various animals  and anything  that associates with a  human being  is foreign object. The animals being curious do not understand the implication of consuming plastic leading to suffering and death.

 

What puzzled me the most was we who cant tolerate our kids to cry can inflict such cruelty on nature.We encountered atleast during our work.

At the end of the day we were able to clean a 6 km strecth and we had around 77 kgs of garbage which included 1000 + pet bottles.This was around 10% of the plastic that was visible on the roads. The amount of plastic that lays burried in the leaf litter ( since it is a semi ever green forest there is a lot of undergrowth ) is a scary to even think of the amount that remains in the park.
It is none but every one of us reading this to blame for this .We want a mineral water bottle every where we go , we feel it is ok to throw away litter outside a travelling vehicle, even more we feel this green heaven is the only place to intoxicate ourselves.
Its a shame that we claim ourselves to be the most intellegent creature yet we dont spare thought before destroying something we dont have the ability to create.I wish we all realise this because at this rate there is not much time remaining for us to loose our planet.The drought , the heat are our big warning bells.Its time to Wake Up and Act !!!

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Shashwat says:

Great initiative Chinmayi.



Kavana says:

This blog’s an eye-opener 4 those who ve not seen such pollution wit their own eyes. Excellent work chinmayi:)



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