|Balvihar June 2019|
Are we still in rhythm with the natural world? This is a question that often crops up in our minds as we get surrounded by concrete jungles that take up most of our vital natural living spaces.
We fail to think before we act.. the consequences of which we face
And we forget that we can never realise ourselves without understanding our connection to the environment which has shaped every aspect of life over the centuries.
Is hope completely lost?
No. Because we still have many people who work to re-establish a deep bonding with the earth by creating sustainable models which are just too beautiful to not experience.
We are talking about ecovillages, where beginning from well researched building methods to energy and water conservation, rainwater harvesting, use of renewable energy resources like sun, wind and proper management and disposal of wastes, every small act shows their love for the planet.
Below are a few ecofriendly villages in India.
1. Dharnai, Bihar – the first village in Bihar to run on solar power. 2. Kokrebellur – a small village in Karnataka where you can find the rarest species of birds coexisting with humans in complete harmony. 3. Khonoma, Nagaland – India’s first green village where the tribal community have given up hunting and consistently work to preserve and conserve their natural habitat.4. Mawlynnong, Meghalaya – This plastic free village holds the pride of being the cleanest village in India and Asia, thanks to the efforts of its citizens, both young and old. 5. Piplantri, Rajasthan -where the villagers plant 111 trees every time a girl is born and the entire community takes care of them.6. Kedia Village, Bihar – ecofarming community that uses chemical free pesticides and fertilisers entirely made by themselves. 7. Auroville, Pondicherry – natural building methods, reforestation, organic farm fresh food, renewable energy use.
There are many more ecovillages in India and across the globe, perfect examples of how we can reclaim that lost sensitivity to the environment. Let’s join in and do our bit for the world around us. It’s for us to cherish and share with generations to come. ReplyForward