The Mahim Pandhi Wildlife Foundation
Environmental Cleanup Initiative
Too many natural environments are becoming polluted with simple human garbage. Disposable plastic bottles, containers, and other similar items are carelessly discarded by passing vehicles, tourists, and roadside vendors. Laws and regulations exist, however a lack of enforcement of these rules has created an environment of chaos and carelessness.
Addressing these gaps in the public's education may take a while. In the meantime, we are organizing cleanup initiatives to help stave off the toxic effects such refuse can have on the wildlife around it. Every body of water in the desert is precious, and keeping them clean can be the difference between life and death for many creatures.
Several large crocodile populations exist in water bodies next to temples. For certain religious festivals, processions go to water bodies to immerse ornately decorated idols - often made with plaster and toxic paints. Other times small urns and clay pots adorned with synthetic strings, cloth, and other items are left in the water with offerings. Quite often these items are produced under questionable toxic conditions to keep costs low.The plummeting water level in the summer exposes the buried garbage.
Additionally, vendors near these temples sell drinks and food in cheap, unrecyclable plastic containers, which too are carelessly discarded by tourists. Often they are thrown into the water directly, while other times if left uncleaned on land, winds will carry them into the water.
A very large volume of these ejecta regularly accumulates in the water bodies and is rarely cleaned up. Every single water body in Kutch that supports crocodile populations are stagnant, and contamination spreads too easily in these waters.
We are organizing cleanup several different efforts with help from volunteers to cleanup water bodies in the summer when the water level is low, and the garbage is safely exposed. It also creates added safety for both the cleanup crews and the crocodiles, as the crocodiles always remain in the water which would be far from the exposed shore.
We are looking for volunteers for these initiatives. If you would like to find out how you can contribute, please contact us.
Cleaning up is simply a stop gap measure. Educating people is the key to preventing further pollution of these precious water bodies.
Through 2020, we will organize public education initiatives to help convey the importance of wildlife and water bodies.
We are looking for volunteers for these initiatives as well, especially if you have background in writing or education. If you would like to find out how you can contribute, please contact us.