As I looked down from the bay balcony of the new E4D centre, I saw a part of the large empty plot of land right next to us littered with plastic. I shifted my eyes to the roadside a little further, I saw a large round dustbin right there! Why did the people choose to dispose garbage on this empty plot just ten metres away from the dustbin? Is there a problem with the psychology of the community? There has to be an analysis as to what motivates people toward such actions.
As I was lost in these thoughts, a herd of cows was approaching the plot as they were left to graze. The cows were not grazing near the fresh green plants. Instead, they were feeding on the plastic garbage disposed in the “Dustbin Area”. The sound of the cows chewing plastic was audible loud and clear in the dead silence of the night.
“Two cows died near the favvara centre” I heard my mother’s voice in my head when I was a little kid back in Bilaspur. “ Their bodies were cut open and loads of plastic came out of their guts. They could not digest it and hence died ”, I remember being horrified at my own imagination of the unfortunate cows and their bellies. Oh shit, I need to do something NOW ! , I thought as I looked for materials to put up the signs. I grabbed a few sketch pens, a piece of cardboard and clear tape. I started to scribble on the cardboard. Then, I looked for stuff to make the chassis of the sign. Ted and Sid entered the centre from behind after sometime.
Ted: “Dude, that’s awesome! Let me take a picture!”
Sid: “ I can try making the ‘NO GARBAGE’ sign for you”
We decided we will put up the sign first thing in the morning. I sat at my computer all night designing a poster for the “Save Cows” campaign. The end result is shown below. It is yet to be printed and put up in the “Dustbin Area”.
E4D is all about community development. And animals are very much a part of our community!