While growing up, I spent my precious time in a small city of U P and for higher education I was moved to big city like Pune & Delhi Many things had changed since my grandfather was young and over the years he told me many accounts of how the land and streams were different when he was growing up. Extensive clear-cutting of forests and strip-mining had taken away the natural beauty of the mountains and streams he used to know.
He explained that we could not fish in many of his favorite streams and creeks where he used to fish because they had been contaminated by pesticides or mining runoff. I read the signs along those waters as a kid and wondered how it could have happened. Even in the remaining natural places, there was almost always litter or graffiti nearby. Who would do something like this and why? It was as if they had never even met the places that we loved.
I was inspired to establish this organization and pursue a life long career in Conservation Biology because of the values my grandfather passed on to me. Every good deed that this organization accomplishes is one small repayment to honor a man who opened my eyes and heart to the beauty of wilderness.
Ashish Verma, President