Pavan helping clean Powai Lake with Earth5R leader, Saurabh Gupta.
Meet Pavan. He is a 12-year-old local boy who came over to the Powai Lake Cleanup last Saturday, May 5, 2018. He saw the Earth5R team working and he decided to join in. Humbly, Pavan came barefoot, on an empty stomach, but ready to work.
Pavan is homeless and doesn’t have much that would contribute to the pollution problem in Mumbai, however, he was willing to help. Many children, like him, are NOT the reason why Mumbai has so much trash. Yet, they realize the value and importance of being part of the community and accomplishing social change together, no matter who caused it.
Pavan can see past the point of blaming someone; which is something that many adults, including us, cannot do. Children like him are our future, and they certainly do not want to live like this for the rest of their lives. Therefore, they themselves take initiative rather than waiting for someone else to fix the problem.
FOLLOW THE EXAMPLE
Let us learn from this young boy, who is a true leader for social change. Never should we ignore the problems that occur in our city, but we should all strive to help overcome them together, just as Pavan does. Earth5R is truly inspired by his actions. He has motivated us to continue helping our community become a better place to live. We all need to work together. Pavan does not have much but he donated the best kind of help he possibly could: his time. There is nothing that represents a sustainable, working community better than this.