World environment day?
Today is World Enviorment day. People will celebrate this day with tree plantations, forwarding environment related messages on whatsapp, presentations, talk shows and seminars etc.
Are these activities making any impact? Sadly, the answer is NO!
Fact is, we humans are stubborn and chained by our habits. We don’t like changing our lifestyle which makes us uncomfortable. Important question to ask is what are we personally doing for the environment?
I’m sharing three pictures to highlight some of the environmental issues here in Jaipur.
- Nahargarh Hills
This picture was shot at Nahargarh road which leads to Nahargarh Fort. This 6 Km road is Jaipur’s biggest “Open Air Bar”. Youngsters love to drive here with friends along with their drinks. They love to enjoy awesome city view from Nahargarh Hills along with their favorite beer or whiskey. This is what draws people to Nahargarh hills
No issues with that, everyone is free to enjoy within legal limits. But leaving behind bottles, empty wrappers, plastic glasses flying around is not great. There is large amount of trash lying on both sides of the road. Leftover of “Good Times”….Probably!! Would you ever do this to your home? throw empty beer bottles around ? Grow up!!!
2. Heritage walk in Jaipur
This picture was clicked at the Heritage walk way in the walled city area of Jaipur. It is enough to put all citizens of Jaipur to embarrassment! Heritage walk way draws many tourists, everyday. A picture from Jaipur Heritage Walk way. Click here for details.
Looking at all this filth strewn around is a shame . Local residents just dump their garbage in front of their house for the sweepers & cleaners to pick it up. Till the time this clean up takes place, litter sits on the street creating a scene similar to the above picture. Probably, these people just want to keep their houses clean. Neighborhood? It’s not their problem. This reminds me of a YouTube video I came across many months ago of a person living in Mumbai. He would get infuriated with the people throwing trash out of their moving cars on to the road. To teach them a lesson, he would pick up trash thrown by these insensitive people and follow their car to dump it all back in their car! It’s not a bad idea, if it works!!
3. Jal Mahal, Jaipur
This above pictures were clicked at Jal Mahal, famous tourist attraction in Jaipur. It is popular among tourists by the name of water palace. Here is picture of Jal Mahal along with Mansagar Lake.
The Mansagar lake surrounding the Jal Mahal is home to various species of fishes, birds & turtle. Many people throw bread, biscuit etc in its water to feed resident fishes unaware that their action is causing damage to its delicate ecology. You can read the entire story here in this write-up posted earlier. Newspaper reported recently about dying fishes due to water pollution.
Yes, we need to plant more trees, bring down the pollution levels and so on. Can we at least improve upon environment & things around us ? Make a small change rather than participating in press conferences, talk shows etc which makes no difference ? More action and less talks!
You can read more write on conservation here.