Today, we all run to maintain sustenance for our families. We have become so busy to not to concentrate on the surroundings. But what we failed to notice is that the health of surroundings has a direct effect on our livelihood. KV Priyesh, a fisherman from Kerala who had understood the importance of environmental health takes a huge step for maintaining the purity of sea water. He had removed about 13.5 tonnes of plastic wastes from the deep seawater in the past two months. Priyesh belongs to Kozhikode district in Kerala. He lives in Azhiyoor, a village near to Arabic ocean.
The fishery is the only source of his income. Priyesh was brought up in a middle-class family. Due to his family circumstances, he had to stop his schooling when he had completed standard eight. After which, Priyesh went to the sea every day to catch fish and support his family. This situation provoked Priyesh to contribute to the cleanliness of the beach. Priyesh, a father of two kids said that his current aim is to make his kids flourish in education in an interview with ‘Hindu Tamil’. “I as well, currently pursuing standard 10. One day, my teacher asked me to develop an essay on the topic ‘Environmental Protection’. My fellow companions composed an essay regarding the house cleanliness and environmental protection. But for me, the sea is my home. I spent a lot of my time in the sea. I am very much disappointed by the amounts of plastic wastes gathered at the sea. Hence, my essay spoke on the miseries of sea water due to the plastic wastes. The same essay became a piece of ignition for me to involve in seawater cleanliness. Sea is my source of living. So I decided to pay her back by my social contribution”, he said.
He further said that the deep sea waters have been greatly affected by the harsh plastic wastes. The wastes mostly include plastic bottles. He said that he used to spend an additional three hours in the sea to collect plastic wastes other than fishing. Priyesh sends the collected plastic wastes to a recycling centre located in his native village. It is to be noted that about 40000 tons of plastic wastes have been recycled at this centre in the last year. A socially responsible Priyesh had also contributed to the flood recovery in 2017. To honour him, an amount of Rs.15000 was issued to him. But he generously returned the money to the public rehabilitate funds.
Currently, plastics are a great threat to aquatic life. In this scenario, every one of us is responsible to keep the water bodies clean. Water is the most precious thing that has happened to Earth. Let us save it and make it plastic free.
News Courtesy: The Hindu Tamil