“This is for you,” said my sister-in-law handing me a copy of her latest book ” The Poop Book”. Author of a wonderful collection of short stories,Tejaswini Apte-Rahm has come up with a delightful book for children this time. A book that Kalpavriksh has published as part of a series of 4 books on spreading environmental awareness among children.
My friend Ana was aghast when she heard the title ” It’s not exactly a book you’d read to the kids while having dinner would you?” she asked tentatively.
But I assured her that it would be just the kind of book you would read to a 5 year old because that is just what appeals to them. And the content of the book would appeal to mothers too!
For in this beautifully illustrated book for children, the little ones learn a thing or two about animal waste matter and how important it is for the environment.
I always think it is best to inculcate values in children who in turn insist their parents follow suit. And it is important for children to learn how to value the environment they live in because if we don’t start doing something now, it may just be too late.
I took my children to the first ever World Environment Day that Mumbai celebrated for the first time in 1990.
That was when my two young ladies were two young children. I remember walking up the Malabar Hill slope with them to attend a “World Environment Day” programme. At that time I was surprised that the only other person there was a really old Parsi gentleman who like me was interested in saving the world.
I thought that many more people would be interested in saving the world. Especially since Indians are obsessed with “saving”. We save old newspapers and sell them to the “raddiwallah”. We re-use old jars and plastic bags. We even keep disposable jars and use them to pack left overs. And we re-use wrapping papers and hand down old clothes from child to child.
So how come we don’t want to save the world?
On 5th June 2009, I put up a blog post with the pictures below. Despite the eye catching installations and the dire message they spelled out, the walkers along Mumbai’s Marine Drive were blase and just walked past!
Nothing much seems to have changed as is obvious from the picture on the lower left which is made of waste plastic and displayed in last year’s Sassoon Dock Show.
I do hope this year’s participation will be more enthusiastic since
- India is the global host of 2018 World Environment Day which will take place on June 5, 2018.
This year’s theme is “Beat Plastic Pollution” and the world is coming together to combat single-use plastic pollution.
Let’s hope that this year’s World Environment Day is not mere lip service to a real and present danger.
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