Wake up and turn out the lights

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Between the lines / Coexistence & Harmony
Lost lives
Wake up and turn out the lights

When a glacier bursts do we hear our heart break?
When people go missing do we feel our heart ache?
When families cry do we shed tears?
We in our urban settings should hang our heads in shame
For the floods that drowned the cries of the people at Chamoli, Uttarakhand, carried the force of our greed. 
The climate has changed; what about our ways?
Can we change now while we hear the screams and feel the pain?

Let’s pledge to change one thing in our personal consumption cycle (whether of raw materials or products) and walk out of the shadows into the starlit night to brighten not our streets but to lighten our imprint on the planet and on the lives lost at Uttarakhand. 

Take a step on https://www.count-us-in.org and let’s make a difference together. I have signed up for a step titled Green Your Money on Count Us In. This means that for two months I pledge to only invest in businesses with sound environmental processes and practices. This is my second time signing up for the step. What step will you take?

The Author

I began as a blog about a book that was produced with care and respect for the environment, and included the binding skills and creativity of those who may not have use of their legs but their hands have the deftness to make. Today my voice continues to lend itself to topics that include humans, non-humans, nature, and equity. I observe, experience, research, understand, and share perspective and stories.


  1. Lakshmi Krishnan says

    Heart-rending. How many lives must be lost, how much greedy exploitation of nature must we do before we open our eyes and our hearts and minds?

  2. Lakshmi Krishnan says

    Decades ago Gauri Devi and the Chipko movement warned us of this abd hugged trees in this very region to save them from being cut down. Alas, we didn’t pay heed!

  3. Madhushree Daga says

    I am ashamed to be one of many who have been responsible for this tragedy..thanks for putting your foot forward to at least ring a bell in the minds of many..well expressed feelings of empathy..thanks once again.

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