February 2 is World Wetlands Day. Kerala has always been a water-surplus state, to say the least, but that’s fast changing: rivers and lakes are drying up, paddy cultivation is on the verge of extinction, and forests are under threat. In fact, a local newspaper recently carried a rather alarmist headline in Malayalam: “Is Kerala Turning Into A Desert?” The only piece of double-edged good news is that the state still scares away industrialists, otherwise the green and blue colors that envelop Kerala would vanish even faster.
The Hindu carried this article bemoaning the official neglect of Word Wetlands Day: National Wetlands Day Drowns in Neglect
However, a small group of city youth are doing their bit to raise public awareness, as the above photo shows.