The model of humanity- Rakesh Khatri
Deforestation and urbanization has swept homes of many animals around the world. The growing menace of deforestation made India lose 1.5 million hectares of forest cover each year which is a natural habitat of animals. While sweeping forests, we are making animals homeless, urbanization on the other hand is creating a shallow world for majority of birds harming their survival. And among all this mayhem, not much people are stepping out to do something regarding it. Instead what we see today is an alarming inhumanity among the folks. Where once we were having special corners in our hearts and houses for birds to make their nest, today we see fences over that areas that restricts the entry of any bird inside the house. The bird which is highly affected by this shift in the society is of course- Sparrows! All the 90’s kid out there, are you seeing the same amount of sparrows in your neighborhood as you saw during you childhood? The answer is well clear! One individual who stepped forward selflessly saving these sparrows is Rakesh Khatri the founder of Eco Roots Foundation, who with his initiative is teaching millions of kids around the nation to make artificial nests. Let’s witness the incredible journey of this man saving birds in a slightly different manner.
Rakesh Khatri- The man on rescue!
As his bio says “A documentary film maker by profession but environmentalist by passion” Rakesh Khatri is an environmentalist and the founder of Eco Roots Foundation, believes that artificial nests can help birds succour to survive in the cities. He is a former businessman, who started this initiative almost 2 decades ago when he saw the concrete jungles of Yamuna Banks harming the natural habitat of such birds. Through this initiative, Rakesh believes that birds, especially the sparrows can easily lay their eggs and hatch them without any fear of the attacks of the predator birds. Through his NGO he creates workshops in the schools and teaches them how to make artificial nests. According to Rakesh Khatri, these school kids are the ultimate future of the country, and knowing about their responsibility can help sustainability on a long term, thus training them is a step towards a golden future.
“Almost all the trees on its banks had been cut for housing and other purposes. As a result, the habitat of house sparrow was lost and there was a danger of its extinction in Delhi area at that time,” Rakesh Khatri told The Times of India.
Rakesh learned to make these nests and started placing them in his balconies, rooftops, under the flyover and every possible place the birds can survive. The cost of making the nest is super cheap because it uses eco-friendly products for production such as coconut fiber, jute thread, a cloth piece, small bangle and few bamboo sticks, that’s all. Initially they started by using coconut cover as the base of the nest but due to its heaviness in mobility they shifted to using bamboo and jute. And just like this they have attracted quite a number of birds seeking nests so far. These birds not only started living there but also started laying eggs as an additional bonus! Rakesh Khatri, along with his wife, soon learned to produce nests for around 40 unlike species of birds.
“Common man doesn’t realize the importance of conservation of species for sustainable development,” said Rakesh Khatri.
In 2013, he was praised with an award for sparrow conservation by the House of Commons in London. Rakesh Khatri has also been accompanied by many starts such as Salman Khan and Deepika Padukone promoting the same cause. Recently he also recorded his voice along with Akshay Kumar for an animation movie based on Bird Conservation. Khatri has committed himself first to work on films on environment. Apart from this, the man is also helping several acid attack survivals by giving them employment opportunities, such as work from home and much more.
Rakesh Khatri is an inspiration for the people who think for the better future of this nation. We all argue about the things that are achievable yet not many of us take the initiative on themselves. It is bizarre to realize people satisfy themselves by thinking that someone somewhere is doing something. And this is the only thought that stops up from stepping up. We need to realize that not everything can be solved by the efforts of one man, things need contributions, handout and a sense of togetherness. Unless and until we all together combine to combat for a single cause, nothing much can be achieved.