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Meet Arushi Adwani: Jaipur’s 10 Year Old Environmentalist

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  •  December 7, 2015

 

Do you know what I used to do when I was in the fifth grade, as a mere 10 year old? Any guesses?

I used to be the ultimate couch potato. I chose to spend my free time by doing – Absolutely nothing! My main aim at that age was to catch the latest episodes of Power-Puff Girls, Dexter’s Lab and Pokémon, while stuffing my face with calorie-ridden potato chips and chocolates.

I did not have a care in the world about what was happening out in the world, beyond my little happy bubble.

Now, say ‘hi’ to Arushi, who is putting my 10 year old self to shame.

Arushi’s sensitivity and commitment towards environment and its issues led to the creation of her Facebook page “My Pretty Planet”. Through the page, she seeks to enlighten the masses about the sufferings of our planet Earth and how together we can combat them. But, wait, that’s not it.

Arushi, along with her devoted mother Avneet, does a lot more!

JWB:  So, Arushi, how did the idea of “My Pretty Planet” take shape?

Arushi: It started out when I realized that people were not really interested in giving attention to the various social and environmental issues that existed all around us. Trees are being cut, civic rules are being broken, trash is being strewn all around, and what not! Hence, I took the initiative to create a Facebook page, as a medium to spread social and environmental awareness.

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JWB: Other than caring for the environment, what are your hobbies?

Arushi: Well, I love English, and I love reading! Sometime in the future, I would love to write a book too, where I give tips on Recycling, Re-using and Reducing waste.

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JWB:  Wow! So, what is “My Pretty Planet” aiming to do right now?

Arushi: I try to come up with something new, every weekend. In my latest video, I have taken the pledge to plant two trees every week, in a nearby public garden. Apart from spreading awareness, I visit places like power-stations, the fire-stations, crop fields, etc. The main motive is to learn about their work and thank them for their precious contributions.

For example, at the power-station, I learnt about electricity generation, the reason behind power cuts, etc.  I figured, if I know more about these things, then I can someday find ways to improve upon them, which can have a positive impact on the environment.

In addition to this, I am trying to create a brand out of My Pretty Planet as well. We wish to raise and donate money through the sale of trinkets, portraits, t-shirts, etc.

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JWB: That’s interesting! Do you have a favorite incident?

Arushi: Yes, it was after midnight, when I interviewed the night-time traffic police. They had caught hold of a law-breaker, guilty of drinking and driving. The after-math of the events unfolded right before me, and it was so interesting. They taught me how to use the breathalyzer too!

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Arushi has successfully roped in her mother as well, who more than willingly takes time out for Arushi and her initiative. Avneet is a working mother, who helps make the videos, handles the Facebook page, and contributes her ideas for the growth of My Pretty Planet. Avneet works silently in the shadows, and lets Arushi shine!

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JWB: Did you face any challenges, while starting up with this remarkable initiative?

Arushi: Yes, I did. I had a different share of difficulties, which came in the form of peer pressure. Initially, my friends made fun of me when I told them about my concerns and ideas. They laughed at me and told me that I wouldn’t be able to do anything. But now, they keep asking me if they can volunteer or become a part of the initiative.

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Arushi wants to be an artist, a designer, a singer, an environmentalist, and a writer! She says: “The more dreams you have, the better it is! If one fails, you can always jump onto another one!”

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Her mother is an epitome of encouragement, love and support. And her sweeter-than-honey brother, Aditya, can ward off the darkest of clouds with his innocence and happiness.

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These are Arushi’s compost-bins, where organic food items like fruit peels, leftovers, etc. are mixed in with a separate concoction. The combined mixture is then spread into flower pots and plants, resulting in their better growth!

If only we had more devoted individuals like Arushi, who encompass such commitment and compassion towards the betterment of the environment, our planet would have been much happier!

Picture Courtesy: Himanshu Goel

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