26-Year-Old Man Made It His Mission To Revive India's Lakes.
We’ve heard of animals coming back from the dead after being euthanized... and not in a creepy “Pet Sematary” sort of way. But what about a lake? Can people actually bring lakes back to life? Well, one Indian man by the name of Ramveer Tanwar seems to think so. Now it’s no secret that pollution has put the world in great jeopardy. According to World Water Council, about 844 million people don’t have clean water. But Ramveer has taken action to bring Lakes in India back from the dead and his efforts might just save the world. But here's the thing. He can’t do it alone!
The lakes Ramveer Tanwar used to play near as a child had started to disappear at an alarming rate.
To add insult to injury, people were turning these wetlands into their own personal trash bins. So, one day, he decided that enough was enough and set out to save the lakes and ponds in the area. But to do that, he had to get everyone onboard.
Educating the villagers on the value of water was a bigger challenge than he had realized.
Ramveer shared his findings about the water crisis with children from his village and asked them to tell their parents about the issues they were facing with water pollution. Unfortunately, his warning fell on deaf ears as no one in the village believed their water supply would run out. It just didn't feel like something of that magnitude could ever happen.
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Ramveer realized that sometimes, when you want something to get done, you have to do it yourself, even if no one else is willing to help.
He took the time to knock on every door around the village to warn every neighbor that their water resources were slowly disappearing. But that was just the beginning. Every Sunday, he met up with students and their parents to facilitate a safe place where everyone could ask questions, discuss, and suggest methods for water conservation.
It finally dawned on everyone that Ramveer wasn't exaggerating his claims. They were facing the very real possibility that the village could one day run out of water.
The meetings were officially baptized by authorities as "Jal Chaupals," and in 2015, a group of volunteers helped Ramveer clean up the garbage, while simultaneously planting trees around it.
The administration popped up for a visit, only to discover a beautiful oasis that was a shadow of its former self.
The restoration was truly uncanny. Soon enough other villages and nearby districts asked Ramveer to lend them a hand and helped them clean out their villages too.
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