Thank You, Sir, for Connecting Us to Nature

Never before had I stopped on the IIM Indore campus to discover things I have started discovering since the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic.

The twitter of birds on the trees, scuttle of squirrels across the roads, and dance of peacocks. These are revelations for me that we, as human beings, have barred their entry to a world that belongs equally to them.

Like every other place on the planet, the lockdown halted all activities on the IIM campus. But in no time, our director was on his toes – online classes began, so did other essential activities in compliance with the government’s directives.

Given that man is a social animal, no activity can be imagined with ‘physical distancing’. But our director gave us the liberty to volunteer activities like gardening, watering plants, or looking after the dogs in their shelter house individually.

I was happy with ideas, but there was hardly anyone to share my enthusiasm. I was left sad.

Walking out of my room, what I saw lifted my spirits. The next moment, my spirits soared like birds in the blue sky. The butterflies dancing on the shrubs unfolded before me an unseen, which was undoubtedly the handiwork of the best designers of the world – Mother Nature. The beautiful patterns on their wings were no less than a marvel.

For the next half hour, I felt as if I was born again, this time, as a child of Mother Nature.

For some time, I have been hearing from friends and acquaintances about never-seen-before experiences.

Like people of Jalandhar are witnessing Dhauladhar, the mountain range in Himachal Pradesh.

Once, as a child, I had asked an old man about who a divine being is, and what he said, still rings in my ears – ‘someone who gives back to Mother Nature more than what he takes from it.’

It’s a fortnight to the lockdown, and there are perceptible changes in Nature. After ages, I am witnessing a clear blue sky. The air quality index (AQI) in almost every city of India is now in the ‘perfect’ category. The Ganges water is becoming clean. The depleted ozone layer is showing signs of improvement.

Every day a fact emerges before me, and they are no less than an eye-opener in the face of the pandemic.

The first time in human history, the pandemic has brought despair and devastation for the poor because of the rich across the globe.

We Indians have a far greater immune system than those from some of the most prosperous nations of the world.

Nature knows how to rejuvenate itself. Human intervention has always destroyed its virginity.

Doctors and healthcare givers deserve far more respect for their exemplary display of sacrifice and dedication towards work.

Coming back to our director’s initiative – it prompted me to adopt five guava trees on the IIM Indore campus. Others were part of a noble effort that an educational institution can think of during a lockdown.

Winston Churchill made a profound statement during the Second World War “Never let a good crisis go waste.”

A small step can be a window of opportunity.

I am sure that if we act consciously, this could be the best moment in the history of humanity. It is time to offer a helping hand, especially to those who are less fortunate and survive on daily wages.

Come, let’s pledge to save Mother Nature. Let us give Nature the chance to rejuvenate itself.

This reminds me of Stewart Udall, an American conservationist, who said, ‘Plans to protect air and water, wilderness and wildlife are plans to protect man.’

Thank you, sir! For connecting us to Nature.

This article is written by Mr. Ashok Tomar, Media Consultant.