Himalaya Diwas Special: From forest fires to water pollution, lots need to be managed in Uttarakhand!
Put a stop to the drop.
I played in this stream as a child,
When the ravine seemed so endless and wild.
The water was clear and smelled so clean,
It was so long ago that it seems like a dream.
Now this stream is too dirty for my child.
The water is scummy and smells vile.
The place where I played seems so foul and decayed,
And I shed the first tear as the dream starts to fade.
What occurred in Uttarakhand is really appalling, and keeping in mind that tourism carries cash and development with itself to the area, it can likewise do inadvertent harm to delicate ecosystems. According to me, the state is facing some key environmental issues which need to be addressed holistically and on a prioritized basis.
Non-biodegradable waste: Today, even remote slope towns have a ‘Noodle Points’ offering bundled sustenance, soda pops and water in plastic jugs. A considerable measure of this waste is imprudently strewn crosswise over natural trails and camp grounds. On the off chance that consumed, they discharge unsafe synthetic compounds into the climate. Counter this with the mantra of ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’. On the off chance that guests conveyed back void jugs and bundling waste, it would go far towards keeping our wild flawless.
Forest fires: Every late spring, many hectares of forests are destroyed by raging forest fires. Fierce blazes prompt loss of human lives and wildlife species and furthermore cause harm to the ecosystem. Relatively every forest fire is caused by people. A few zones are set aflame by neighborhood networks to diminish grass on the forest floor. Numerous fires are caused by explorers tossing cigarette butts on streets going through forests. Proper communication with citizens coupled with strong administrative support can bring this problem under control.
Water conservation: Given that a portion of India’s most critical streams starts here, ironically water conservation remains a consuming issue in Uttarakhand. An expansive number of natural springs that dabbed the slope have been harmed because of the cutting of slants for street building or other impromptu exercises. These have antagonistically influenced the underground water table at numerous spots. Increasing urbanization and tourist activities is another reason behind growing water stress in the state. Utilizing local knowledge in reviving streams, and springs must be encouraged by the government to solve this issue.
Forest protection: While Uttarakhand has generally kept up its forest cover and even demonstrated an unassuming increment in that cover, the protection of forests remains a consistent test. Infringements, illegal tree felling and unregulated accumulation of forest items are additionally in charge of harm to forests. Numerous wildlife halls have been gagged because of spontaneous development and this additionally adds to expanded human-wildlife struggle.
Illegal wildlife exchange: Illegal items made of bones, organs, tusks, quills and so forth of jeopardized species, are offered to clueless purchasers as trinkets and nearby deliver. Our mindfulness could truly have any kind of effect and help secure the wildlife assets of the locale.
(The writer is a Digital Campaigner with Gati. He is pursuing law from UPES, Dehradun)