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World Environment Day | Things That Matter

World Environment Day? People celebrate World Environment Day in many ways. Some of these are tree plantations, forwarding environment conservation messages on social media, talk shows by conservators, car rallies to spread environmental awareness to name a few. Are these activities causing any impact? Woefully, NO!

The fact is humans are chained by habits. We don’t like altering our lifestyle which produces discomfort. A critical question is what are we accomplishing at our personal level for the environment? I’m sharing three pictures to highlight some of the environmental issues here in Jaipur.

  1. Nahargarh Hills

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I captured this picture on a road which leads to the Nahargarh Fort. This 6 Km road is Jaipur’s biggest “Open Air Bar”. Residents love driving to the fort with friends & enjoy drinks with awesome city view from Nahargarh Hills. This is what draws people to Nahargarh hills

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Sunset view from Nahargarh Fort at Padao open-air bar.

Everyone is free to enjoy in their own ways. Leaving behind trash by way of emptied bottles, wrappers, plastic glasses flying around is not a sign of a sensible person. There is a large amount of trash lying on both sides of this road. The leftover of “Good Times”. Let’s ask ourselves if we will ever do this in our home?

2. Heritage walk in Jaipur

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Trash lying on Heritage walkway in the walled city area of Jaipur.

I clicked this picture at the Heritage walkway in the walled city area of Jaipur. It is enough to put all citizens of Jaipur to embarrassment! Heritage walkway draws many tourists, every day. A picture from Jaipur Heritage Walkway. Click here for details.

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The tourists would love seeing this rather than trash lying all around on Jaipur Heritage Walkway.

Looking at all this filth strewn around is a shame. Local residents dispose of their garbage in the street for the sweepers to settle it. Till the time a clean up takes place, litter sits on the street. People are only concerned with keeping their houses clean. Neighborhood? It’s not their problem. This prompts me of a video I saw many months ago. A gentleman in Mumbai got infuriated with people throwing trash out of their cars on roads. To teach them a lesson, he picked up trash thrown by these insensitive people and chased them. He unloaded it all back in their car! It’s not a bad idea if it works!!

3. Jal Mahal, Jaipur

 

These pictures are from Mansagar lake/ Jal Mahal, a notable tourist attraction in Jaipur. It is popular among tourists by the name of the water palace. Here is a picture of Jal Mahal along with Mansagar Lake. 

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Jal Mahal or water Palace surrounded by Mansagar Lake, Jaipur

 The Mansagar lake surrounding the Jal Mahal is home to various species of fishes, birds & turtle. Many people throw bread, biscuit, etc in the lake to feed fish unaware that their action is causing damage to its delicate ecology. You can refer to the entire story here in this write-up posted earlier. The newspaper reported recently on fishes dying because of water pollution.  

Yes, we need planting 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, rallies, etc. which makes no difference? More action and fewer talks! Let’s begin at our own level!

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31 thoughts on “World Environment Day | Things That Matter

    1. Humans are similar at some level, although behavior varies depending on educational, religious, cultural factors. I hope things change for good. Thanks for posting your views… Appreciate it!

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  1. Can’t agree more. I think people tend to forget that the best way to solve a problem is to find the root cause. It is not a surprise that most of the time, we are the root cause… 😦
    I can give the same exact example here… Same story 😉

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    1. Hey Niken! Thanks for offering your view point. it’s true. Almost all current problems are our own making. But we are so used to comforts that we can’t take harsh measures to resolve. I’ll be happy to know what issues is being faced in your country!

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    1. You’re right. my post was intended as a highlighter and representative of rest of cities. I’ll be happy to witness the change. Let’s be positive! 🙂
      Appreciate your point of view ;thanks for commenting.

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  2. While i can appreciate a day to focus on our environment. It will not be solved by one day alone. It requires a commitment to ensuring our footprint is minimized. The pictures above. Are not restricted to the city of Jaipur, the state of Rajasthan or the country of India. There are too many other places as ugly from trash. Needlessly and thoughtlessly chucked away. Sometimes, it seems that for every one person trying hard to eliminate such gross mistreatment of the environment. There are ten others that have little conscience. The garbage that is on the land is also magnified ten-fold in our oceans. So, while a day like “world-environment” might be celebrated? We have so little to celebrate over. Rich or poor. We need to focus on how our children’s, children’s, children and what planet will they inherit? Cheers Jamie.

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  3. Hi! It’s a very sad reality that we live in, people love to talk & forward messages than doing something worthwhile.
    Jaipur runners have started a cleaning drive to do what we can. We clean once a week. It’s disturbing when you’re cleaning & people throw stuffs right in front of you. My thinking is if you’re able to make one person change his/her habit then also you’re doing a worthwhile job. We are seeing some positive signs also like we are now getting the support from authorities, people are joining in for drives & Central park is getting less dirty week by week. Here is the link to the facebook page,the group goes by the name of Team clean SSJ: https://www.facebook.com/groups/956577684358087/?ref=bookmarks
    Do join if you can. 🙂

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    1. Shubham, I’m aware of the cleaning drive undertaken by Jaipur Runners club in Central Park. Great initiative. It’s unfortunate that we all grow in an environment where dumping anything anywhere is a norm..and is considered as a normal practice. What happens when kids watch parents dumping things? They grow up with same practice!
      I was involved in Clean Nahargarh initiative undertaken by a club once. In my opinion, the change will come when people will change their habits. We need drive to educate people. Sure I’ll join in. 🙂

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    1. Thank You Gitanjali! I hope people get little sensible with their Outlook towards environment. thank you for your words. I would like to make a request here, just to spread the word kindly share this on social media. I’m sure it’ll make some difference. 🙂

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