I’m taking a one day break from Amazonian posts to share his moment I spent with an elephant. Today is UN World Environment Day - with a special focus on plastic pollution. At a time when 1/2 of the global population lives in cities, it can be easy for most people to forget that the products we use in our every day life - the choices we make as consumers - affect the rest of the species we share this world with. Plastic is a major problem in oceans and rivers alike. In India I've seen rivers choked with packaging, flipflops, and all manner of waste. But what struck me the most was seeing that wild elephants (tempted by sweet flavors left in milk packs and garlic paste especially) were consuming trash. I have seen areas of forest where much of the elephant dung on the ground is riddled with bags and tetra packs. It is a sad thing to see. We owe it to ourselves, and to all the other species we share the world with, to become far more aware of how plastic affects ecosystems and the creatures that we depend on and love. .
Below the water her trunk was around my waste. It was scary and magical at once. .
Photo by: @gowrivaranashi