I met Avantika in a local village who told me that last year in July, the Madhya Pradesh government initiated a drive of planting six crore saplings on the banks of Narmada in 12 hours as part of its river conservation efforts, a feat that found it’s way into the Guinness World Records. However, it was away from Avantika’s village. So, they all irrespective of the drive planted saplings all over their vicinity. Arranging funds for the same was a barrier. Overcoming every roadblock, Today, between the harsh sun and winds of the state, she enjoys sitting under the same tree shadows with her friends every day. Earth day everyday? You get to learn so much from local cultures while travelling. I always knew but it hit me that there is no planet B. Just ONE Earth! Take care of it every day and watch it love you back. #WHP 🌲 .
Virender Thapa, 28
Dehradun, Uttarakhand. “Ice hockey has made me realise that everything is possible, if you work for it,” believes Thapa. When he started playing, he was a natural right-handed player. The equipment available then was sparse, so when he irreparably damaged his hockey stick in a game, the only available stick was a left-handed one. “There is a huge difference playing with a left stick, when you’re a right-armed player. People said it wouldn’t be possible to just switch hands. I was told to just quit the game, but I gave it my everything and trained myself. I couldn’t let my passion die.” Today, years after switching, Thapa remains left-handed on the ice. “I’m always humbled when I see lovers of the sport from other countries coming to Ladakh to support our game,” Thapa said. “The equipment, the coaching we have received from them, it fills me with gratitude. I know that it is our responsibility to pass this knowledge down to the next generation. We need to help and nurture them, so we can pay our dues forward.” Hockey In The Himalayas - Up Close & Personal exclusive on @viceindia and @vicecanada .
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