When photos speak for the cause of water conservation

By Alkesh Sharma, IANS,

Chandigarh : A picture is worth a thousand words – is what a young lecturer from Panjab University (PU) is out to prove with his exhibition here on the importance of water conservation in our lives.

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It took Gaurav Gaur, 25, seven months to click an assortment of photographs with different themes in the rural areas of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh to drive home the point about deterioration in quality and and depletion of quantity of water.

The photos present a contrast in themselves. Some showcase sparkling glaciers and flowing tube wells while some show barren land, young girls carrying heavy pitchers of water, and rivers contaminated with dirt and filth.

“My aim is to target young people of society to make them conscientious towards the wastage of nature’s most valuable gift to us, that is, water. If a third world war ever happens on this earth, it will happen only because of water scarcity,” pointed out Gaur, a lecturer in the department of social work at the university.

Gaur has put up his photo-exhibition at various departments of the university, at a summer workshops for schoolchildren in Gurgaon and also in some schools in the villages of Punjab.

“I am meeting principals of various schools of Chandigarh and adjoining areas to exhibit my photographs over there. I am also in the process of collaborating with Chandigarh administration to put up my photo exhibition at various locales of Chandigarh,” he said.

“It is the best way to sensitize people towards the cause of water conservation,” said R.C. Sobti, vice-chancellor of Panjab University, who was present at the exhibition.