“Turning a blind eye to trash might be natural for many, but for Chennai-based environmentalist Arun Krishnamurthy, watching garbage being dumped in a nearby pond was the impetus to quit his well-paying job at Google and launch an eco-movement that has cleaned and restored at least 93 freshwater bodies across 14 Indian states.
“The community-led movement grew into the Environmentalist Foundation of India (EFI), a non-profit wildlife conservation and habitat restoration group. Since its inception in 2007, it has removed garbage and harmful botanical species from these lakes and ponds, that are crucial for maintaining ecological balance of nature.
“Krishnamurthy’s love for water bodies started much early in life, as he grew up in a neighbourhood surrounded by them. Leaving behind a life of luxury, the noted environmentalist just wanted to see clean lakes with frogs, fish, birds and greenery.
“The 32-year-old activist points out that leaving a comfortable job at Google was not difficult for him as he has “never been uncertain about anything that he has done in life. For a cleaner and greener environment, he started making efforts to restore water bodies in Chennai, supported by the local panchayat, and later expanded his efforts to other cities as well. Since then, there has been no looking back for the young environment enthusiast…”
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