A 26-Year-Old Engineer Quit His Job To Help Revive India's Lakes

He's helping lakes thrive again.

Ramveer Tanwar has documented successful campaigns to bring ponds and lakes "back to life" across India.

Tanwar, a 26-year-old mechanical engineer from Great Noida, grew concerned about the lakes drying up and being filled with garbage in his home country. All throughout India, there have been growing concerns that large parts of the country could run out of groundwater as soon as 2020. 

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So Tanwar organized Jal Chaupal, a group of citizens and conservation experts who work to preserve and restore India's water sources. By going door to door throughout villages in India, Tanwar engaged youth and convinced them to help restore ponds in their area. He started the trend #SelfWithPond online and got people to start talking about how to clean bodies of water near them.

Tanwar would enlist help to clean up trash and plant new trees. Once a lake or pond was cleared out, the volunteers would dig holes for garbage or add wood and grass filters to catch trash from flowing into the body of water. Eventually, the lakes and ponds started to come back to life.

"We are trying to build an emotional connection between the villagers and water bodies," Tanwar told ScoopWhoop. "It will help them understand the importance of lakes and ponds, and take initiative to save them."

As the success of the water restoration projects spread, Tanwar got national attention and more people stepped up to help. He continues to work throughout India trying to bring back groundwater sources in villages.

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