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We do not poach tigers or wilfully destroy forests, yet our actions affect the environment. In such a case how can we protect our forests, environment and wildlife?
We know that India’s forests and mountains support our everyday lives by providing water in the form of rivers and seasonal rain. Simply stating that ‘Forests are being destroyed’ and ‘Wildlife is in danger’ is not enough.
Saving the wild
One of the best ways to engage with in conservation is through our personal lives. Like the small group of people who got together to save the Kudremukh National Park.
Kudremukh is a place in the Western Ghats where iron ore is mined. The mining operation happens at the heart of the pristine rainforests and shola grasslands of the Western Ghats. Apart from the astounding biological diversity of Kudremukh, they are also the birthplace of three rivers — Tunga, Bhadra and Netravati.
Just above the source of the Bhadra is the Kudremukh Iron Ore Mining Corporation. For 30 years, the Government-owned mining company has been extracting low-grade iron ore from one of the last remaining rich tropical rainforests of the Western Ghats. This has not only caused great damage to the ecosystem but also to thousands of farmers who depend on the river. Iron ore sediments began to accumulate even in their cultivable lands. So their crop yields were drastically reduced.
The scientifically analysed impact of environmental destruction showed that the iron ore mining company has been causing a lot of damage to the forests and the people.
Fortunately, the iron ore mining company’s 30-year lease was nearing its end. But the mining continued for a few more years. Based on the overwhelming evidence of environmental destruction, a petition was filed by an environmental NGO. ‘Wildlife First’. The Supreme Court of India ordered to close down the mining operation in 2002.
An extraordinary amount of people’s support made this happen. Individuals from different careers who valued Kudremukh decided to step in from their own professional backgrounds. Wildlife biologists highlighted the biological diversity of this National Park. Lawyers brought in their expertise to fight legally. Journalists wrote about the issue in the papers. A conservation filmmaker made a film about the issue that was shown extensively to villagers, agriculturalists and in schools. This is an inspiring story and encourages us to protect nature and wildlife.
Read up about animals and how to protect them and the environment around you. The best place to begin would be to read books by Gerald Durrell a conservationist and biologists like Konrad Lorenz and George Schaller. Participate in nature camps and begin practising conservation at home.
From : The Hindu