While the rest of us continue to run for air-conditioned cover, the plight of our wildlife is going quite unnoticed. But not everyone's turning a blind eye. The students of Punjab University have taken up the mantle to save the birds and animals from falling prey to this horrendous summer that keeps soaring to new temperatures. In a collaborative effort with Centre for Social Welfare Department and Chandigarh chapter of Humane Society International, the students are placing water bowls inside their campus to ensure that no bird or animal dies of dehydration and heatstroke. In pictures shared with Indiatimes, volunteers are seen filling the bowls with clean, drinking water.
25 departments have taken the responsibility of placing bowls at different places and regularly fill it with water. A department-wise duty chart has been devised for volunteering students to carry out their tasks.
Taran Dhillon, who studies defence and national security at the university said, "I started keeping water bowls in my hostel balcony a year ago, but I thought that was not enough. I got to know about the initiative taken by the department of social welfare in collaboration with this NGO. That is when I approached them to be a volunteer."
The campus is also taking precautions to avoid water-borne diseases often arising out of mosquito breeding. "We have a green campus but there is no arrangement of water for birds. Open water spaces in the university have been filled so that mosquitoes don't breed," Dhillon added.
Water bowls have been placed at the Student Centre and hostels as well. The initiative, that started out with 100 bowls, has now received 150 bowls to cater to the birds and animals. Awareness reached the right people through social media who selflessly pitched in. The students are now planning to expand their effort by placing bowls in the university's Sector-25 campus.
A huge round of applause for this humanitarian gesture. Maybe other cities can follow suit and do their bit in protecting the wildlife from the onslaught of summers.