Talking Earth is an initiative led to protect the urban ecosystem. The disappearance of green trees in the city and its impact on humanity urged Varun Hemachandran to learn more about climate change and its implications on communities. Started as a project to map the trees at the risk of being cut, he came across the unending list that the government has for purposelessly cutting trees. Using the information collected while mapping trees, he aims to stop destructive projects like the recent Steel Flyover project in Bangalore. Even in his personal life he adopts environment friendly ways of living. He says, “I’m currently growing my own vegetables at home. I am also investing in an electric bike to replace my petrol vehicle. But Talking Earth is my real contribution to humanity in the fight against climate change”.
The temperature in many of these affected areas has gone up on average by 4-10 degrees forcing people to invest in air conditioning. If the middle class was so heavily affected, imagine the plight of those most at risk.”
Through this organization, volunteers are actively coming forward to save trees and it defines the long term vision of this young environmentalist. The recent row over the Steel Flyover reflects the indifference of the Karnataka government agencies towards environmental causes at a time when it’s needed the most. The results of unplanned cutting of trees has been evident with the state’s recent soaring temperatures. Talking about climate change, Varun says, “The temperature in many of these affected areas has gone up on average by 4-10 degrees forcing people to invest in air conditioning. If the middle class was so heavily affected, imagine the plight of those most at risk.”
We aim to move from being a data aggregator / collector to a data source in 10 years by launching our own satellites to monitor climate change in real time.”
With such drastic changes in the environment as a result of severe damage, he intensely feels the need to informing citizens more about it. He is of the opinion that timely information to the right people about environmental damages could bring positive action from communities. Varun has also written on topics of climate change. Sharing his experience as a writer, he talks about the importance of talking about these issues, “I have written pieces for various publications including the Hindu from the time I was in college. I have not written in a long time, but off late I’ve been committing to a lot more writing on Climate Refugees. I think we need to hear lot more about climate refugees and a lot less about Sonam Gupta.” Sonam Gupta is the recent troll on the rupees note.
Marking trees with a hashtag, the volunteers of the Talking Trees aim towards creating a greener space in the city. He says, “We are currently mapping multiple parameters on the ground, starting with trees and now moving on to the lakes, watersheds, poverty, etc. We aim to move from being a data aggregator/collector to a data source in 10 years by launching our own satellites to monitor climate change in real time.” The productive efforts of this organization have brought positive action and it foresees a cleaner and greener planet for all.
Varun Hemachandran, the environmentalist and writer, has been working ceaselessly towards making the urban citizens understand the impact of several of the technologies and the construction of unplanned structures in the state and city that adversely affects the temperatures. He is part of a growing crowd who want a better Earth, are you going to be a part of a better future?