Arun Krishnamurthy could talk about urban eco-responsibility or lake restoration or sparrow re-introduction or plastic free cities or again zoo volunteering. Or all of them! You never can tell once he gets going on his pet themes. The programme aims at inspiring children, the future conservationists. Environmentalist Foundation of India is a Not for Profit focusing on wildlife conservation and habitat restoration in five cities across India.
With 18 projects and close to 872 volunteers, EFI is one of the youngest NGOs in India.
On November 13, 2011, on the eve of Children's Day in India, the first model library for children and youth was launched in Chennai. The Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan and 'The Hippocampus Children's Company' had instituted a partnership to create a model public library for children, which will enable younger generations to access knowledge and discover the pleasure of reading in an enjoyable environment.
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Arun Krishnamurthy, founder, EFI
For Arun, his love for animals and conservation began from the zoo. Living close to the zoo in Chennai, Arun visited it several times as a child. Animals awed him and he enjoyed being amidst nature, where wild dogs, plenty of migratory birds, reptiles and a wide variety of insects had found home. However, over the years, with increasing urbanisation not only did the lakes start vanishing but also the wildlife. The beauty of the entire place began to disappear.
It hurt Arun to see people mistreat the zoo and its inhabitants. People failed to realise that a zoo is not a recreational park and their insensitivity towards caged animals was upsetting. Wondering what he could do to prevent this, Arun visited the zoo often hoping that somehow he could play a part in helping the animals. During one such visit he happened to meet Dr. Supraja Dharini (Founder of TREE Foundation). She inspired him to take his passion and care for animals one step further by involving him in conservation efforts of her organisation. With her guidance Arun understood the nuances of conservation and was introduced to stalwarts like Dr. Jane Goodall and Dr. Jean Beasley.
EFI started off as Roots & Shoots, India, a branch out of the TREE Foundation. They conducted several youth-based conservation efforts. As time passed, the organisation grew and so did the members, leading to the establishment of EFI. The transformation from Roots & Shoots to EFI was only to facilitate better administration. The team consists of a young group of students from 19 schools in five cities. EFI currently consists of a team of 872 volunteers and this number is constantly growing.