WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO HELP MAKE EARTH A SAFER PLACE?
Today, the world marks World Environment Day, 2017 with the theme ‘Connecting People to Nature’. This theme implores us to get outdoors and into nature, to appreciate its beauty and its importance, and to take forward the call to protect the Earth that we share. It is an invitation for us to think about how we are part of nature and how intimately we depend on it. It challenges us to find fun and exciting ways to experience and cherish this vital relationship
With awareness creation and available information, thanks to the internet, organisations, and individuals have been engaged in the fight for a safer/ greener earth, each via different means and platforms. One internationally celebrated sand artist, Sudarsan Pattnaik, most recently built massive sand artwork in commemoration of World Environment Day 2017
Sudarsan Pattnaik entered into a competition held late April at Kolomenskoye, Moscow in Russia with the theme "The world around us". As an Indian representative in the competition, where twenty-five sculptors from different countries participated, won the jury prize gold medal at the 10th Moscow Sand Art Championship. Pattnaik says;
Pattnaik is an Indian who started sculpting images on sand since the age of seven and has designed hundreds of sand art.
He established 'The Golden Sand Art Institute' which is first of its nature in India. His sculptures include environmental crisis, famous festivals, national integrity and religious tolerance.
Sudarsan has represented India in fifty International Sand Sculpture Championship and festivals all around the world and Won twenty-seven championship prizes for the country. His sand sculpture on Black Taj Mahal earned him accolades all over the world.
He has won many national and international awards for his creative designs and has recorded his name in the World records like the Guinness Book of World Records by building world’s tallest sandcastle (48.08ft) at the Puri beach, toppling the earlier record of US-based sand-sculptor Ted Siebert who made a 45.10ft structure.
Scroll below for more Sand Art from Sudarsan Pattnaik
This is a call for all of us to ditch practices that harm mother earth, our very own habitat. Produce and purchase items that are eco-friendly. Recycle as often as possible. Start your own awareness campaign in your home, office and community and let us connect once again with the earth one person at a time.