You cannot miss Anupam Mishra is you are into eco-conservation and from India. He is an ancient soul living in this modern world, continually enlightening us, reviving the ancient water conservation and harvesting methods and more. A man most humble and his work outstanding, words dont suffice when it comes to presenting his body of work.
Anupam Mishra’s recent talk on TED forum on the ancient systems of water harvesting has taken the internet blogging community by storm. His emphasis on ‘respect’ and ‘ingenuity’ for the ancient systems is one aspect that is grossly overlooked in today’s green revolution. It is a reminder of how our fore-fathers merged infrastructural design with aesthetics, artistic expression and worship. Modern eco-conscious citizens have now come to know that water harvesting is not a recent invention but an ancient practice in India, actively used since thousands of years ago and that the ingenuity of ecological conservation is not a concept but a way of life for most citizens of the country.
This is no audio-video jazz presentation but a feast to the inner soul. A talk that will once again make feel humbled, proud and ashamed. A talk that will urge us to keep our technology and decades of learning aside and makes us want to use our minds once again. Have a look (and dont miss out the visuals).
About Anupam Mishra and his Work:
Anupam Mishra is among the most knowledgeable persons in India on traditional water harvesting systems. He travels across water-challenged India studying rainwater harvesting methods and learning from the people behind them. He presents his findings to NGOs, development agencies and environmental groups, pulling from centuries of indigenous wisdom that has found water for drinking and irrigation even in extremely arid landscapes through wells, filter ponds and other catchment systems.
A founding member of the Gandhi Peace Foundation, Mishra is working to bridge the gap between modern water management technology and India’s heritage of water harvesting, so that every community is self-sustainable and efficiently safekeeping an increasingly scarce and precious resource.
The mission of the Gandhi Peace Foundation is to promote the environmental activities of rural development agencies; to prepare survey reports on distressed areas and place them before concerned authorities; to disseminate environmental information through the publication of up-to-date reports on environmental issues; to organise workshops and seminars for environmental experts, policy makers, individuals and organisations engaged in environmental issues.
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