Chennai suburbs blessed with numerous lakes and ponds, wetlands but with rapid urbanization and poor waste management, changing lifestyle these water bodies are declining and getting reduced into garbage dump yards. These water body ecosystems are very critical for remaining flora, fauna and aquifer recharge, water supply for Chennai.
Paddle for Future program strives to conserve these water bodies through research, education and sports.
With a team of Environmentalists, Fitness experts, Engineers, Geologists, Herpetologists and Zoologists, Paddle for Future program fights to conserve our water bodies for our future generations by inspiring a personal connection to the environment and help develop the actions to sustain it.
Over the last 3 years we have
- Reached more than 3500 school kids on special focus for government run schools through workshops, outdoor learning programs which asserts on the importance of being connected to nature.
- Tons of trash through coordinated mass clean ups and daily clean up by employing locals on daily wages, providing employment opportunities and leaving behind a cleaner water bodies.
- Introduced and conducted numerous free discover paddle boarding sessions. These sessions engaged urban citizens in understanding water bodies and their relationship with it. Eye-opener session which encouraged more people to step outside their comfort zone and attempt an ‘adventure in their backyard’, mobilized young people engagement in civic issues via adventure and finally showcasing the immense accessibility of the SUP sport (the fastest growing water sports in the world!) as a means of creating additional Eco-tourism opportunities in India’s great outdoors.
- Green cover initiative, program to plant and maintenance of native tree species around water bodies using volunteers and local residents.