A video making an appeal to the world leaders to take concrete actions to tackle climate change by a climate activist Greta Thunberg has gone viral on social media. Many kinds of reactions have been noted to her appeal. Some were moved by her appeal but others called it propaganda and naivete.
Irrespective of what people think about Greta Thunberg, there is a growing belief that most climate activists or environmentalists are too loud and live lives that are completely at odds with their concern for the climate. Jet-setting across the world from one lavish conference to another, driving energy-guzzling vehicles and doing many more things that damage the environment, many activists don’t have much credibility to lecture others on environmental conservation.
It is interesting to note that Greta Thunberg received many celebrity endorsements. However, the very same celebrities have rarely supported actual doers (and not talkers) of their own country, rooted in their own culture.
There are some people who have truly devoted their life to the environment and natural conservation. These are the people who don’t need a United Nations platform to talk about conservation of environment. Their actions speak for themselves.
A noted environmentalist from Karnataka who is known for planting and tending to 385 banyan trees along a four-kilometer stretch of a state highway between Hulikal and Kudur. Having been born into a small village and with no formal education, Thimmakka with the help of her husband found solace in planting trees.
She nurtured saplings and trees like her own children by carrying several pots of water every day from distant wells.
Modi government, taking note of her contributions to the environment, conferred Padma Shri award on Thimmakka in 2019.
Source: The Better India
Jadav ‘Molai’ Payeng
A noted forester, popularly known as Forest Man of India, Jadav Payend had planted and tended to trees on a 550-hectare sandbar in the middle of the river Brahmaputra. He singlehandedly has grown a sprawling forest on Majuli island known as Molai (known after him) near Jorhat in Assam.
In 2015, he was awarded the Padma Shri award by the government of India.
Source: Tedx Talks
Also known as Chettu Ramaiah or Vanajeevi Ramaiah, this man is famous for having planted millions of saplings in and around Khammam district of Telangana. According to a Hindustan Times report, “Though Ramaiah hasn’t kept a record of how many saplings he has planted, he says the number would have crossed 10 million or almost one tree for every third citizen of Telangana.”
In 2017, he was awarded the Padma Shri for his invaluable contribution to extending the tree cover.
Source: V6 News Telugu
In all the stories above, it is evident that all these people have loved nature as their own and had no other motives or grand talk about it. The activists or the people associated with environmental conservation around the world can take lessons from these humble personalities. As PM Modi has rightly said, now the time to talk is over, it is time to act.