With the onset of summer, it’s not just us but birds and animals who struggle to cope in the scorching heat. To help, Kerala’s Sreeman Narayanan has launched a project called ‘Jeeva Jalathinu Oru Manu Pathram’ – (a clay water pot to save birds).
A resident of Muppathadam, in Ernakulam district, Sreeram wants to distribute 10,000 earthen pots for free to those willing to provide water to birds.Volunteers can take the pots and keep them in places where birds frequent.
About 9,000 pots have already been distributed to residential associations, clubs and educational institutions, The News Minute reported.
A single mud pot, at least 100 birds can drink water, according to him. Last year, he had distributed pots in areas like Mangalavanam. Buying 10,000 earthen pots cost Sreeman Narayanan about Rs 6 lakh.
Underlining the threat to birds due to rapid urbanisation, he told mathrubhumi.com: “Urbanization has resulted a significant drop in the number of birds. It is reported that number of birds is decreasing even in villages due to the destruction of water resources…”
The 70-year-old wears many hats. He is an award winning writer, but prefers to be known for embracing the Gandhian way of living. He has distributed hundreds of books on Mahatma Gandhi and also planted thousands of trees. Last year, Sreeman distributed 50,000 saplings worth 15 lakh across the district free of cost.
“Before that I had personally planted about 10,000 trees across the houses in my village in Muppathadam. While planting the trees I also made it a point to get assurance from the families that they will keep the fruits of at least one tree in each compound for birds,” he told The News Minute.