Climate change, global warming and carbon emissions are terms probably Greek to Prosper Marak. But the lanky undergraduate did his bit for saving the planet when he captured a bulldozer and stopped mining in the Balpakram Forest in Meghalaya. “At no point was I scared,” said the 24-year-old Arts student.
Amod Zambre and Vishal Bhave are the other two green turks to get the Sanctuary RBS young naturalist award along with Marak on Thursday.
“I was ready to deal with the consequences,” added Marak who heads a local Garo students’ union.
Pune-resident Zambre, 21, chose the most unusual vacations since he was in school. He has discovered rare snakes and scorpions at Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary in Arunachal Pradesh, studied the Indian fox in Nannaj, Maharashtra and explored the Desert National Park in Rajasthan.
From secondary school to college Zambre’s friend circle has changed drastically. “Scorpions are my best friends,” laughed the Zoology student who has special interest in scorpions, spiders, reptiles and amphibians.
Bhave another recipient of the prestigious award studied marine life despite opposition from his family. “My family wanted me study commerce,” said the 23-year-old from Ratnagiri. Enduring constant taunts he studied Oceanography and discovered 80 rare marine creatures along the Indian coast. “These creatures originally belong to the Mediterranean,” he said. It is a little surprising that the Bombay Natural History Society has asked the youth to run its new Marine Centre in Ratnagiri.
“We need to identify our Earth heroes, who remain unfeted,” said Bittu Sehgal, the editor of Sanctuary.
The magazine has also awarded some people for their contribution to the nature. Botany professors Marselin Almeida and his wife Sarah bagged the green teacher award.
Climate change activists negotiating India’s stand can use the professors’ research papers, books and documents as baseline data.