Many might have heard of Arun Krishnamurthy, a young Indian environmental activist who initiated a campaign to clean various lakes of India.
He began the drive when he saw his favourite lake, where he grew up watching birds and life, getting polluted. “Watching a kingfisher hover over the pond and take a deep plunge to catch a fish was always a treat. Eventually the pond started getting polluted and it struck me that something had to be done and we can’t stay mute,” he said in an interview.
Arun founded an international organization the Environmentalist Foundation of India (EFI), which focuses on conservation of wildlife and restoration of habitats.
He along with his team have cleaned up various lakes in Chennai, Hyderabad and nearby places. Their campaign to restore the natural habitats all over the country has resulted into increased public awareness for environmental conservation.
As per a report, Arun is accredited with the setting up of more than 19 biodiversity parks in several schools across India. His team uses scientific methods and techniques for restoration and cleaning the lakes.
He left his high profile job at Google before following his dream to preserve the environment. Interestingly, it was Google which acknowledged Arun’s work with the Google Alumni Social Impact Award from, and that helped nhis team buy its first ambulance.
“The recognition from other sources is an acceptance that change is possible. We see this as a possibility to involve more people in our efforts in building a greener tomorrow,” he said in an interview.