“IF FUTURE GENERATIONS ARE TO REMEMBER US WITH GRATITUDE RATHER THAN CONTEMPT, WE MUST LEAVE THEM SOMETHING MORE THAN THE MIRACLES OF TECHNOLOGY. WE MUST LEAVE THEM A GLIMPSE OF THE WORLD AS IT WAS IN THE BEGINNING, NOT JUST AFTER WE GOT THROUGH IT”
Nothing can be farther from this truth that the development of a country and its ecological sustainability are the two sides of the same coin. Firmly entrenched in this philosophy, Kalpavriksh was born of a campaign by students in 1979 to save Delhi’s Ridge forest. As its Sanskrit name suggests, Kalpavriksh in mythology is supposed to grant one’s wishes. In today’s times it is symbolic to the members of the earth’s ABILITY to grant EVERYTHING HUMAN BEINGS NEED.
Kalpavriksh firmly believes that every country has its unique ecosystems which need to be conserved through an interplay of local cultures, community empowerment, and government agencies. Traversing through India, they observed that where at some places there was a peaceful coexistence of humans and wildlife, yet there was also encroachment by humans in the name of development, leading to ecological degradation. Thus, they are sensitising young people to the immediate and pressing need to protect our ecological systems through democratic means.
Working in tandem with Shikshantar, Bhoomi College and Deccan Development Society, they have initiated a website to adopt frameworks and other projects as initiated by local communities, government agencies and others. They also publish TWO newsletters that centre on the issue of Community Based Biodiversity Conservation and protected areas. beyond critiquing current development models, it has organised a series of vikalp sangams to bring together people working on development alternatives, of which kachchh SANGAM was a big event this year. Over the years they have also built an information dissemination service on a wide range of issues. They have a big library too comprising a diverse collection of many books, reports and magazines. SOMETHING TO CHEW ON and SECRETS OF THE JUNGLE ARE RECENTLY PUBLISHED books IN A SERIES FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH.
The joy of co-existence and the harmony of body and mind which it can create has been clearly established by this organization, making the current generation protect and save the blessing which nature has bestowed on them and passing the legacy forward in an intact state.
It is one of the few NGOS which has taken a firm stand on environmental issues ranging from the destruction of Delhi’s Ridge forest, police firing in Bharatpur bird reserve, DAMS IN NARMADA AND NORTH-EAST, AND MANY OTHERS. They truly believe that only by working as a group can we act on the environment.