Chikmagalur is a peaceful, green town in Karnataka, India known for its coffee estates, waterfalls and overall scenic beauty. Being an Army officer’s daughter afforded me many opportunities to visit remote places in India that have seen barely any human intervention. As a result, being amongst nature has always been borderline cathartic for me; I’ve always felt connected to my surroundings in a place like that. I recently visited Chikmagalur from Bangalore, over a long weekend, hoping to revisit the beautiful feeling of being in the heart of natural beauty.
The air in practically all major cities in India seems almost unbreathable; being stuck in traffic in Bangalore with the windows rolled down is wearisome. In a small town like Chikmagalur with widespread greenery (and nearly one seventieth the population of Bangalore), it should be reasonable to expect every breath to feel like a…show more content… We need to be more empathetic towards our planet and the flora and fauna we share it with. We need to take a step back and start taking concrete action; if not for human kind then at the very least out of respect for Mother Nature and all the life and luxury she has afforded us. It starts with us, each and every human being on this planet. We cannot afford to wait for government policies and CSR efforts to save Mother Earth; we need to take action before it’s too late. Don’t wait for the government to make solar power compulsory, install panels out of your own accord today. Walk to work, take your bicycle to work, take the bus, take the train. If you absolutely, absolutely must, take your car. But try to minimise the overall damage caused by the trip you take. Share your ride with a colleague; take the route that involves minimal driving and maximum use of public transportation. Recycle. Reuse. Reduce. Let’s take some initiative. It’s high