Imagine living in the world without the beauty of the fauna around us? What would it be like? Animals magnify the beauty of this planet. Colorful birds, Fearless lions, underwater life, bright corals, and everything fauna! It’s mesmerizing. But if we continue to carry out harmful human activities, the day is not far when we see these animals on HistoryTV instead of NatGeo.
The Afternoon Phone-call from Kerala
I vividly remember that bright sunny afternoon of August 2019, I was having a happy day around the people I love when I received a call from my very dear Tarun Gupta. “Hi, Aakash. There is a Kayaking Expedition happening in Calicut, Kerala. Suggest some ways to make it sustainable and eco-friendly?”
Next, I was in Calicut myself leading the expedition as a Climate Activist. I along with 100+ beautiful humans Kayaked about 70kms in 3 days and collected plastic in abundance.
Call for beach-Cleanup
With a tanned body[high-five if you got me] and a hungry vegan stomach, I headed out to explore the beauty of Calicut city of Kerala. Landed on Calicut beach I realized that the situation of the beach is very poor and it is difficult to even breathe in that situation and I took that as an opportunity to make positive change and partnered with JellyFish WaterSports and organized a Beypore beach cleanup drive where around 80 people worked tirelessly for 4 hours to churn out 800Kgs of waste.
Okay, Let’s make “World’s First Marine Cemetery”
With thousands of single-use plastic bottles in hand from the beach clean up we did what a wise man/woman would do, yes, we made an art installation to make people aware of the negative impacts from these single-use plastic bottles lying all around the world.
We collected about 2,000 plastic bottles through our clean-up activities, which have been used to build this cemetery at the Beypore beach, Kozhikode, to pay respect to eight critically endangered marine species.
The cemetery depicts nine graves, dedicated to these species:
- Seahorse (Hippocampus)
- Parrotfish (Scariidae)
- Leatherback turtles (Dermochelys coriacea)
- Eagle Rays (Aetomylaeus Vespertilio)
- Sawfish (Pristidae)
- Dugong (Dugongidae)
- Zebra shark (Stegostoma fasciatum)
- Hammerhead shark (Sphyrnidae)
- Miss Kerala (Sahyadria denisonii) – Freshwater Fish
The cemetery opened its gates on December 4, 2019, on World Wildlife Conservation Day, with the support of Clean Beach Mission, District Administration, Kozhikode, and Beypore Port Department.
It became a hugely successful project and was covered by 100+ media publications from India and other countries and with a big smile on my face I turned back to the north.
That’s all for now, I’ll come to you soon with another adventure until then,
This is Aakash Ranison signing off,
Stay Woke. Stay Creative.