Mumbai: The GreenPeas activist Riya Iyer is on the limelight for her recent activism efforts. Being a fighter against industries that steal lands of tribals and destroy the environment, she had been approaching politicians from UK and USA to highlight the atrocities committed by Indian government against locals here. And to deliver this presentation, she had swam from Mumbai to New York. She was back in the city after a month and follows below our interview with her:
Faking News (FN): Hello Riyaji! Are you fine now? You had swam across three oceans in three months and that should be gruelling.
Riya Iyer (RI): I can waste my energy to make sure that I do not waste energy. There are estimates that nearly 5% of damage to climate is done by flights. I don’t want to be part of such things that spoil environment. Ships, trains and cars also contribute a lot to anthropogenic climate change. Not only this, flights also contribute to noise pollution and paper wastage. They use more fuel and this impacts the geological structure of Earth. So, I decided to swim to New York.
FN: That is awesome! So, you have now stood up to your activism. Tell us about your journey?
RI: I was supposed to present a paper on ‘Effects of industries on the tribal belts of India’ to delegation of Senators in New York 45 days before. So, 3 months ago, I started my swimming from Mumbai to Aden, Aden to Egypt, Egypt to Gibraltar and from Gibraltar to New York. It was painful. It was draining all my energy. But, I am happy that I did not pollute the world by travelling fuel driven vehicles. That is what GreenPeas had taught me. We at GreenPeas walk an extra mile to save this Earth from destruction. I used chalk on board to present my thoughts, because using computer can contribute to global warming. I did not use mic because electricity generation is done only after destroying livelihood of tribals in some part of world.
FN: That sounds like a great initiative. But, do you also worry that your mere presence might contribute to Urban heat Island effect?
RI: Yes. I never thought of this. I’m at loss of words now. This is very much against what I fight for. Do not publish this interview because it might increase carbon footprint. I’m planning to starve myself so that I do not create imbalance in ecosystem. I will discuss with my co-workers at GreenPeas and plan for mass removal of ourselves from this environment in order to save it.
FN: That sounds like a great idea! Thank you very much for this interview.
RI: I had spent a lot of heat in thinking and answering you. Now, I feel like whipping myself.