Kidney related problems can be anything from minor to fatal. Complications of kidney have been ever rising and so has the demand for Kidney donors. The benevolence of Kidney donors has saved many lives so far. The stories are countless, one such story was what saved a Kerala youth Sooraj, a 30-year-old from Kerala. This story has something extra to be inspired. The donor was a bishop, who did not give any importance to the taboo that surrounds the faith or practice of organ donation among priests and bishops.
A welcome first Bishop Jacob Muricken is thought to be the first serving bishop to have donated a kidney while still alive. Bishop Jacob has cited the teachings of Pope as a driving force behind his decision to donate his kidney. Sooraj, on the other hand, has conveyed his utmost delight at what he considers as Divine intervention. Father Chiramel who was the founder of Kidney foundation of India would be a proud man to see what his initiative has unfolded.
The Logical Indian applauds the bishop for setting a great example in organ donation. These incidents should remind us all, religion and faith vanish to thin air when it comes to helping each other. What this incident teaches us is that humanism wins over everything else, it always has.
Our nature and surroundings are much appreciated in poetry and worshipped by people. Yet, with the progress of civilisation, our vision of the cleaner, greener and happier Earth is getting blurred day by day. One such terrorising factor is climate change, which continues to thrive.
We are now facing massive repercussions of the exploitation of our natural resources in the form of climate change. The common symptoms are average temperature rise, change in precipitation pattern, or instances of extreme weathers. The glaciers are melting faster than ever, which could cause a rise in sea level (predicted up to 4 feet by 2100) and subsequently inundate the coastal areas, forever.
The question that arises now is that what are the effects of climate change in our country? A study by International Monetary Fund says that tropical countries including India will be the worst sufferers of climate change in the days to come. The weather is getting warmer with each year.
Potable drinking water is becoming scarce. Recently, Cape Town became the first city to run out of water. BBC made a list of cities that would probably run out of water and Bangalore ranked 2nd on the list. Water is an irreplaceable resource, and it is time we do our bit to save water.
It is our generation that detected climate change, and it is our generation who has the last chance to solve this. Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEFCC), Government of India has launched a nationwide campaign called‘Green Good Deeds’ on 15th February 2018. This initiative focuses on inculcating simple lifestyle changes that can be instrumental in reducing the hazards of climate change and global warming.
Taking this initiative forward, YES BANK, through its unique community engagement initiative YES Community will focus on sensitizing youth and create more ‘Green Sainiks’, to support the “Green Good Deeds”. They will engage children, students, urban communities to works towards a more sustainable and healthier environment. Awareness programmes will be arranged on World Water Day, World Earth Day and World Environment Day. More people would be sensitised to the consequences of climate change, and they will be urged to adopt green initiatives for a better environment.
The Logical Indian appreciates the wonderful and necessary initiative taken by YES BANK to make our future on earth better and also to make our environment healthy again. We urge our community members to understand that climate change is real, and we are the only ones with the means to combat it. It starts with you. It starts with us. Let’s make small changes in our lifestyle for a greener tomorrow.