The Earth Overshoot Day is the considered as the day in each calendar year when we, humans, complete using all the resources that the Earth provides for an entire year. For the rest of the year, we use the resources that the planet should have saved for the next year. These include fresh water, breathable gases, crude oil among other natural resources essential for human life to continue on Earth. In short, after the Overshoot Day each year we are stealing the essential resources from the future.
On March 24, the Indian Prime Minister has announced a 21-day national lockdown across the country. It takes 21 days to inculcate a new habit, here’s how to make the most of this time to turn into a superhero and save the planet.
A few years ago, I interviewed Meigo Mark – a European traveller who was on a mission to walk 40,075 kilometres. Why? Because it is the total length of the equator. His journey took him from his home in Estonia to many countries including India. I remember asking him if it was hard to wake up each day to walk. He had said, “Walking feels like the mission of the heart, mind and spirit.” I have looked at the simple act of walking very differently since.
The Himachal Pradesh government’s unique cultural festival, Trigart, is designed to bring out the very best of the Kangra Valley and provide national and international visitors an added incentive to explore the rich natural and cultural tapestry of the land.
“It is going to be the best view of any river that you may have seen,” the unflinching faith in Alam’s eyes shone through as he said this. He was speaking of the river Yamuna, the same brackish, foul-smelling body of water that has been the bane of India’s capital city, Delhi. And yet, there was no room for any doubt that the “Hawa Mahal” of Alam’s village in Katha, Uttar Pradesh, provided a view like no other.