COLORLESS HONEY, The Kaveri
SAY NO TO ALGAE
Every time I reach the edge of its grassy banks and bend down to see my reflection on the slightly rippling surface of the slowly flowing the River Kaveri, I feel calm, stable, affection and satisfaction of having tasted a rare sweet – exactly the way its name suggests.
I dip my hands into it, reveling in the surprisingly welcoming coldness under the midday hot sun and scoop up a handful of it – a handful of colorless honey. I drink it hungrily and feel its power – yeah it is undeniable – a power that awakens within me an unexplainable feeling of positive morality. I feel like the Kaveri had rejuvenated me. For a moment I sincerely believe that I’m the purest man living on this earth.
There is no wonder that people in India literally worshipping Kaveri for its sacred qualities. It was said when you drink its water your sins are washed away along with the river.
During my last trip to Kaveri however, I had to ‘reconsider’ my faith. Everything had changed – or fast changing, even when you are reading this.
The water level of Kaveri had considerably decreased and the colorless honey had become slightly discolored. Looked like the river had reached its limits of washing away our sins.
Commemorating World Water Day in March, Sweek has joined hands with UN-Water to raise awareness about the World’s Natural Water Resources and to find ways for Nature-based Solutions (NbS) to protect them and ensure their future existence. Bravo!
Hailing their initiative I am writing this to alert the world about what’s happening to Kaveri and to provide my own NbS to protect it.
The algal bloom is a severe threat to the ecosystem of Kaveri. It decreases the oxygen level of water, prevents sunlight from reaching the river bed and destroys aquatic life. It also obstructs the smooth water flow of Kaveri, creating water clogged areas which provide breeding grounds for harmful fungi, bacteria, and parasites.
I am calling the attention of all relevant authorities who are responsible for the cleanliness of River Kaveri - environmentalists, naturalists, health and government officials – to please come forward and take appropriate measures to clean algal bloom and prevent its growth in this sacred river. If we can prevent releasing of wastewater into this natural water resource – or at least limit it – the algal growth would surely decline!
Please, everyone, support me in this noble cause! There is a saying that ‘little drops make the big ocean!’
You are one of the little drops.