With the mercury soaring at an unprecedented rate, Kerala, along with most of Southern India, is gearing up to battle the scorching tropical heat. While air-conditioned rooms can provide respite to people, the situation is quite terrifying for animals and birds. In an urban cityscape, the speechless souls fail to find a shade to rest under or some cold water to quench their thirst.
No one has ever become poor by giving
– Anne Frank
In the small town of Muppathadam in Ernakulam, Kerala, a 70-year-old man is determined to protect the birds from the scalding heat. Sreeman Narayanan, an environmental crusader and writer, has distributed 10,000 earthen pots among the residents urging them to keep water for the birds in the unbearable summer months. For this purpose, he spent over 6 lakh rupees entirely from his personal savings. Speaking to Efforts For Good, he informed that he is willing to distribute almost 12,000 to 15,000 pots this year for the birds, probably in the entire expanse of Ernakulam. The project titled ‘Jeevajalathinu Oru Maanpathram’ (translation – an earthen pot for life-saving water) has received recognition and support from Kochi Municipal Corporation as well.
An ordinary citizen, an extraordinary visionary
Narayanan is an ordinary citizen with an extraordinary vision. His hometown Muppathadam is located in the Eloor-Edayar industrial belt, which is often in the news for its aggravating pollution. The septuagenarian social worker is a one-man army, with an aim to preserve the environment. Over the years, he has undertaken diverse initiatives to restore the natural richness of his birthplace – ranging from mass-scale afforestation to turning Muppathadam plastic-free. All of his programmes are entirely self-financed.
He has been donating mud pots every summer
Distributing the water pots for birds is not something new for Narayanan, who has been keeping up the practice since his youth. However, the huge number of pots he has distributed this year has propelled him to the long-deserving limelight.