Swarna our little lady - By Aaron Ambrose D’Souza

Aaron Ambrose D’Souza
Kemmannu News Network, 29-09-2017 20:21:26

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Swarna our little lady - By Aaron Ambrose D’Souza

Kemmannu, Sep 11, 2017: Ah Swarna our little river. She looks like she’s going through her rebellious phase. She might have lost some weight recently due to the sand mining but she seems to be on a forced junk food diet of plastics. This girl has seen better days like really better days. Well compared to places like the Ganges and the beaches of Mumbai we are comparatively a lot better. But we used to drink the water directly from the river and swim there and now we’re searching for swimming pools to get our feet wet.

We being humans had to act when we saw a serene source of water which apparently doubles as a garbage disposal unit. Like seriously the river isn’t a garbage dump. If we keep going like this she is going to stop flowing properly and that isn’t going to do us any good. The only reason the girl is still clean is because she’s so close to the sea but even the sea isn’t free from our assault and in case you haven’t noticed she has lost a part of what made her special with many species of fish missing even with the help of the sea. In our defence we didn’t really have much choice in where to dump our waste it’s not like we had any alternatives or do we…

(Kemmannu.com file pictures from river Swarna)

(Kemmannu.com file pictures from river Swarna)

We’re at the early stages of pollution if you can call it that, with only occasional floating debris like thermocol and plastics with some broken glass bottles thrown in to the mix. There is organic waste too but it is mostly manageable as long as we don’t pack them up in plastics when we throw them. Plus in case you forgot we live in an agricultural society which can use that waste pretty well. Glass can be returned to the manufacturer or returned to the supplier after use or be grinded into a pseudo sand which can be used in certain construction materials. Plastics on the other hand are pretty hard to handle but there are some place which do take plastics.

Try finding the one most accessible to you other than that reuse what you can and don’t buy more than needed at least carry your own bag for shopping. Recently a few groups have started up campaigning for saving the river but it isn’t just their responsibility but of all of ours so if you see anyone dumping trash into the river please tell them to stop politely and if you are dumping thrash in the river tell yourself to stop rudely. Swarna isn’t the amazon but she is family, one that hasn’t changed ever since she started flowing through this land. Let us keep her that way because she can’t save herself from us only we can.

Aaron Ambrose D’Souza.

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Comments on this Article
Navel Prakash dDsouza, Kemmannu/Mumbai Sat, September-16-2017, 12:25
very good Aaron, nice atricle, its looks very very dirty , some people washed their hands by trowing the dirt in the river, but the real problem faced by the people who staying near the river side,is not only polluted the water but also driven the fish from the kemmannu river, we the sons and the daughters of kemmannu must take the initiative.

We all are with you, god bless u.

Eisen, Mumbai Fri, September-15-2017, 11:23
Funny isnt it! Apart from almost every household throwing thrash in the river and residents on the river banks not realising the mess turning a blind eye ... Most of them also have their sewers flowing into the river. All your fish gets to eat is some Human Excreta! Does anyone want to talk about that. It doesnt cost much to build a septic tank.Yes Garbage, plastics, waste all gets thrown in the river. Dredging which is an open secret gets unreported. Sand has disappeared! We love to talk but thats what internet is meant for. Yap Yap but dont action.
Dr.Daizy vas, Udupi Fri, September-15-2017, 6:50
Excellent. U are always a assets to our society. God bless u.
Dr Avila D’Souza, Kemmannu Fri, September-15-2017, 2:23
According to me, our local youth groups and schools have to take initiative to educate the people. Each house has to keep 4 dustbins- one for degradable bio waste, one for plastics, one for metals and one for glass/bottles. We have to arrange a vehicle for this segregated waste collection from every house on every alternate days. Nominal money from every house/ hotel/shop has to be collected for managing the waste.

One tonne of compostable waste gives 150 Kg of compost….. good organic manure. So, we can generate organic manure locally.

If concrete block or interlock industry can use glass, replacing sand in some percentage, glass waste problem can be solved.

Metal has resale value. Our local scarp dealers (gujri people) will surely help in managing this waste.

Plastic bags and bottles- we have to reduce its usage as much as possible. Inevitably used plastic things has to be collected and managed its dispose with Gujri people’s help.

Morgine D Silva, Mumbai Thu, September-14-2017, 8:12
Very good article Aaron and appreciate your efforts.

It is really pity that some people are dumping waste in the river and causing damage to the nature.

Awareness is important and we must educate our people not to dump waste in the river for our existence. Problem is some people are not aware of the consequences.

Thelma Picardo,, Bangalore Thu, September-14-2017, 12:53
Kudos!! Very nice article Aaron.

So loving of nature and bringing awareness and education to people through article. We do our bit by composing kitchen waste from many years. Use it for our pots every week.

I wish everyone takes a cue from this article and cares for the nature and a clean environment.

Nelson Quadros, Kemmannu / Abu Dhabi Thu, September-14-2017, 9:54
Well written article Aaron. You really are improving every article and the topics you are picking are thought provoking and relevant to our present day. God bless you. Keep writing....
Chandani, Moodbidri Wed, September-13-2017, 1:52
Well written Aaron. Good Article
Preethy Sequeira, Bangalore Tue, September-12-2017, 10:40
Nice article Aaron
Engelbert Gonsalves, Katapadi Tue, September-12-2017, 6:27
Nicely presented. An eye-opener too
Alwyn Saldanha, Kambla Thota Tue, September-12-2017, 12:11
The river where our parents use to wash cloth during monsoon season as water used be sweet and summer salt water we learnt swimming. What we left for our this generation is stinky river.

Hats off Ambrose team who have taken initiative and intention of clean swarna.

Hope SWARNA will be clean one day.

Peter, Indua Tue, September-12-2017, 10:25
The main culprit is no space to dispose waste at this place. If the waste is segregated and stored there would be a commercial value for the product.

I would like to suggest two simple ways to over come plastic and alcohol bottles for the time being.

1. Provide bins at "gujiri collectors" and write plastic bottles/material collected here. Gujri person would get some benefit out of it.

2. Alcohol sellers should provide bins for the empty bottles irrespective of where bottle is bought. Local govt. Bodies should not renew the licenses unless seller don’t provide this facility.

Even if a small percentage of waste goes through this method that would be a large help to the society.

Niveditha, US Tue, September-12-2017, 10:04
Hi Aaron,It’s really admirable article of saying Save water and their resources which are near by us today at least if we all attempt to keep clean then that will be a great work.

Keep up the good work...

Maxim Saldanha, Kemmannu/Phoenix Tue, September-12-2017, 10:01
Beautiful pictures and article, Good Job Aaron.
Brian Quadros, Kemmannu/AbuDhabi Mon, September-11-2017, 9:02
Good article Aaron,
Arvind Bhandarkar, Udupi Mon, September-11-2017, 9:02
Hats off to your Sincere Efforts on Presenting the Native place with Actual Photos Write-ups, etc.

I sincerely Appreciate the Idea, The Manner in Which it is Brought-up

Richard Crasto, Kemmannu Mon, September-11-2017, 8:36
Great article on awareness regarding the environment by Aron.

The little Swarna river around Kemmannu is one of the tributary though geographically the river Swarna is vast spreading about 3500 acres! From the mountains of Agumbe till the estuary in Kodi Bengre.

The most polluted part of this river is from the Padukudru bridge till Honnappa kudru via Nadukudru as two bridges built to connect hinder the water flow thus all the garbage dumped stagnates.

Slogan by Sadguru

This is not a protest. This is not an agitation. This is a campaign to raise awareness that our rivers are depleting. Everyone who consumes water must Rally For Rivers."

Alex Lewis, Kallianpur, Abu Dhabi Mon, September-11-2017, 7:46
Recently, we had a discussion in our group about River Swarna.

During the discussion I came to know that youngsters like Raising Stars, Kemmannites will join hands with local groups, rotary etc and planning a clean-up drive. I pray and hope this will happen soon.

Also there were some suggestions like:

1) To install garbage bins at a distance of every 500 mtrs.

2) Collection everyday or at least alternate days.

3) Wet garbage.... to convert into compost as they do in Mumbai.

4) Dry garbage..... Dispose it into the above bins provided by Panchayat/Municipality.

5) Educate each household to have a dumping area where they can burn/dump things like paper/coconut tree leaves etc... Plastic, glass etc they can throw in the above dust bins.

Aaron I hope this timely article will generate more interest among the people to care for the environment. Keep it up and God Bless..

Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai Mon, September-11-2017, 6:58
Once upon a time River Swarna was our life line ...
Alex Sequeira, Manipal Mon, September-11-2017, 6:49
Well written. Yours and future generations will need to focus on the environment.

These dangers - especially plastics - were never highlighted a generation ago.

Dony, Katapady Mon, September-11-2017, 6:36
Nice article, Keep going
Anish, Kolalgiri, Dubai Mon, September-11-2017, 4:30
Nice Aaron...Keep it up
shruti laad, bhatkal Mon, September-11-2017, 4:15
Water pollution is increasing day by day .If all of us contribute to save water resource and prevent pollution then we no need to face any problem in future. It is still not too late to act, but it depends on us, whether we chose to conserve the beauty of our planet or not. Let everybody understand the problem of swarna.Keep it up Aaron.
Joyce, Mangalore Mon, September-11-2017, 3:44
Madhava Rao P, kemmannu Mon, September-11-2017, 3:05
Nice Photos AARON.KEEP IT UP.You are really creating some awareness in kemmannites.

I wish & hope you will succeed.

Deon Vas, Vizag Mon, September-11-2017, 2:55
Beautiful writeup, must read for all. Its a growing concern to save our natural resources.

Something to think about! Well done Aaron

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