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Urban Canopy – നഗരത്തിരക്കിലെ ഇത്തിരിപ്പച്ച | Documentary film with English subtitle

Urban Canopy – നഗരത്തിരക്കിലെ ഇത്തിരിപ്പച്ച | Documentary film with English subtitle


Once a celebrated hub of many complex yet natural and indigenous ecosystems, Kochi today finds herself demoted to a mere metro city. A city waiting its turn to soon be among those that becomes increasingly inhabitable as they mindlessly expand. Amid such anxieties, still, she nourishes some of her well-hidden treasures. Decades back, when Kerala’s industrial dreams were still sane, Kerala Government leased it out to the HMT Company. Even with the sprawling company inside, acres of green space still is lush and thriving within here. Green turfs, tiny plants, wild creepers, stunning flowers and trees of all sizes and shapes; 180 odd varieties of birds comprising locals, expats and migrants; 75 and counting species of butterflies including Kerala’s official pride; and a host of flora and fauna that cover a wide gamut of nature. An abundant bio-diversity that remains lost, yet safe, till we find it. Kochi’s Kalamassery is an excellent model for the urban canopies in Kerala. Kochi’s unsighted expansion, in the name of future dream projects, is eyeing this green haven. There are few things in nature which once vanishes cannot be reclaimed. No matter how much we regret or invest our money in. Kochi had a bird sanctuary of the size of a ‘bindi’. Which, according to some devastated naturalists, is now a bird memorial
park thanks to the sprouting concrete scrapers that squeeze and shrink it, and
the ever increasing air, water and noise pollution. This is our current scenario and we need to accept this in order to realize the significance of Kalamassery’s bio-diversity and ecosystem, which is not very far from Mangalavanam. Though I live within the Kalamasserry municipality premises, it was only 4 years back that I came to know about the presence of a forest here. I frequented here primarily to watch birds. The rich bio diversity and the forest like character of this place attracted me. Like they say, nature is ever new. It’s never the same. All man-made things become monotonous to us after a while. Nature doesn’t. The richness of flora and fauna gives a diverse perspective to each and every one, time and again. To have such a blessed piece of forest within our city is something Kalamassery residents can be proud of. There are lots of birds in here; butterflies, wild flowering plants, trees, rarely seen scorpions, rare snakes, small mammals, mongoose, wild rabbit etc are pretty common in here. To be precise, this area is the lungs of our city. One major significance of Kalamassery is that it is a mix of wet land and forest land. And the presence of a wide variety of birds in a small square region is unique too. Unlike Thattekkad, we can find an amazing range of birds within this small area. When from Thattekkad, 250 odd species were recorded; from here around 175 species were recorded. That itself shows how significant this patch of land is. Lots of small insects occupy this land. After learning more about insects, butterflies and worms from those who come here I got the privilege to see all these amazing life. Also it has surprised me beyond measure to have found such rich bio-diversity withinmy neighborhood. Among bird activities we have breeding and nesting seasons including that of Crested Hawks. People do come and observe them during this period. Around 172 species of birds have been studied and surveyed from here. It is actually recognized by organizations like E Bird as a hotspot in the International Bird Watching Database. Here we could identify over 4 types of Night Jars that is normally seen in forests. The presence of wetland birds like Woolly Necked Stork is very frequent. Woolly Necked Stork is listed among birds with vulnerable status.Also I have seen Black Basa in here. To observe Jungle night jars, scores of people from here and abroad, do frequent a lot. We do night birding here. Even through the streets in here, we can see many species of owls at night. Whenever I have been here as part of bird watching, the abundance of butterfly species has surprised me. Around 50 odd verities of butterflies are found here. Among them the major ones would be Papilo Buddha, India’s 3rd most beautiful butterfly. Papilio Budha is today Kerala’s official Butterfly. The Papilio Budha or Budha Mayuri belongs to the Pailionidae family and the diversity in Kalamassery is found to be an ideal ecosystem for them. Also Paris Peacock, Grey Count, Orange tip, Skippers, Snowflates and many more varieties that we normally see in the forests can be found here. A wide range of Dragonflies, insects and spiders are there too. Box insects, Man faced insects, Praying Mantis, Leaf Insects and among moths, Salt and Pepper Moth, Blue Tiger etc have been found and recorded from here. There are communities that make good use of this serene place – photographers, ornithologists,research students, lepidopterists (a butterfly enthusiast) and many more. But our interest was spiked by somebody else… We happened to see a poster designed by Kerala Forest Department about the birds in Kalamassery city corporation. The description and listing of the birds along with their diversity is what attracted us and brought us here. They love coming here. We don’t know if the visit can be termed as bird watching but we just love coming here again and again. And we have seen lots of birds too Around 20 odd birds were identified by these children and that I think it is indeed a big achievement. For our children, this neighborhood forest is the safe and secure way to be with nature, without the hassles of long and tiresome travels. A major significance of this area is that if you look around about 2km stretch
of forest cover, there is water presence everywhere. Because the rain that falls here, gets absorbed here and that maintains the underground water table or water ways throughout the year. By spending just 5 minutes inside this lush vegetation, we can breathe in more oxygen through every breath. It provides an air conditioned feel even when the temperature is at its peak. No matter how scorching the summer is, the one who has taken the trail inside this wilderness at least once will understand the gist of what we are trying to put in words. When the city taps and showers run dry water reaches the urbanites from the deep well, next to this urban canopy, that has always plenty to share. For the Public Health Sector, the most challenging task today is to deal with lifestyle diseases, especially the ones that affect our mental health. We have researched and documented the influence of nature in our well being. Recently, one major finding was done by the University Of Exeter, United Kingdom. It is well documented that people living in neighborhoods with more birds and trees are less likely to suffer from mental stress, depression and anxiety. In short, an Urban Canopy or an Urban Forest is a dynamic ecosystem that provides critical benefits to people and other living beings. They filter air and water, control and maintain underground waterways. Conserve energy and provide habitat and shade to all. Urban Canopies or Urban forests are necessary for the existence of habitable, beautiful and functional cities. As Kochi’s roads widen what gets cut off are the roots of such irreplaceable urban canopy habitats. The cities which we used to wonder about, the ones we have watched in awe are today fast turning into urban heat islands. Urban Heat Islands: a phenomenon by which an urban area gets, and stays, warmer than its surrounding area due to reckless modernization or, in other words, lack of Urban Canopies. If town planning proceeds like this, once it gets completed we humans won’t be in a position to live here. It is a scary reality but we are not aware of it. Signs are all around us. Bangalore city is a perfect example. According to Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore is a dead city. As per the climate survey report conducted there over the past 30 years, the average temperature has risen by 2 to 2.5 degrees. And the ground water level has receded to 300 meters, from 28 meters! Apart from all these, almost 88% of green cover and 79% of wetlands got wiped out. The city went through a rapid and scary change Then we might wonder whether Bangalore is the only place like this. But no. There are many cities in India like this. Lot of cities, actually. Chennai metro is a shocking example of how critical things can get when we ignore repeated warnings from nature. Studies reveal that degeneration of natural water bodies and erosion of green spaces are to be blamed for Chennai’s climatic conditions today. It is shocking to learn that, by 2030, Kochi would also be among India’s those 21 cities where potable water would be hard to find. In 2012, our Town and Country Planning Department published a report. According to which, by 2031, 100% of Kerala would emerge to be a thickly populated mega city. We are still not aware of the shocking reality behind this. For this development, do you realize that we are going to sacrifice whatever little natural resources that we have around us? The progressing activities around this urban canopy in Kalamassery are not good for our future. The construction works happening in and around this area is a big threat to its fragile ecosystem. This is the new extension of the Seaport – Airport road. Already the construction activities of the same have affected the habitats of around 23 species of birds. Apart from tones of waste that are lying around in this area there is garbage from the flood affected parts that got dumped here through government intervention. We do get to see birds with frayed wings, broken beaks and legs here.Ones that came to feed on these garbage piles may be. And the rain water that lands on this garbage doesn’t seep into the soil either. Another environmental problem is the one caused by groups that
collect and burn cables and wires to segregate copper from it. Such fires have damaged the environs many times. Those who enjoy a drink or two in here leave their trash around, adding to the woes. All these point to the approaching absolute destruction of the habitats of the flora and fauna in this serene wilderness. Just 10 – 12 years back, as per the localities, vultures were ever present here. Not anymore. An irreversible lose indeed. Count Green Wine Snakes and Ferrell Cats among them too. Today, their absence definitely is of great concern. According to the researchers, who frequent here, many species that were here last year are not here anymore. It’s time we wake up to what future will hold for these remaining ecosystems around us. Woolly Necked stroks, listed among the endangered species, are ever present in the paddy fields next to this forest Salim Ali’s favorites the Yellow Throated Sparrow, Indian pygmy Woodpecker,
Coppersmith barbet and many other small birds breed and nest here. Also abundant are butterflies, including Papilio Buddha, moths, insects and small mammals. This area is the silent rain catcher that stores an abundant fresh water reserve.
Which is a blessing for the people around. It also acts as a huge oxygenator, the benefits of which are enjoyed by all around, including the inmates of the nearby medical college. For the urbanites, this green hermitage would be their perfect recluse if protected and maintained. This is among the last of its kind for us. Kerala had lots of ‘Sacred groves’. By the time we understood the value of them, it was too late. This piece of land, a sacred ‘grove’ in many ways, is all that is left for us. In Kalamssery, close to all the traffic congestion and hassle, I was amazed to find a forest like this. Also I felt relieved. This should be protected and conserved so that
we can hand this over to the coming generations. The bio-diversity in here is beyond our expectations. Every year we dutifully plant saplings on the environment day, but fail to protect them. We are finding it difficult to take care of nature and all these ‘acts’ are not working. The latest being the Miyawaki forest schemes. What is practical would be to protect what we have. To protect this green urban canopy that in turn will protect us. This should be taken up as a cause for public concern and not mere jabbering of few bird watchers or environmentalists. Let it begin from Kochi, with Kalamassery, to connect such bio-diversity hotspots around Kerala by protecting and preserving them. It would be a great achievement for all of us. Nature has suffered a lot at our hands. As a community that has done many environmental sins, let this small step cleanse us. What is inside of me right now is a prayer to evoke this in each and every mind out there.

61 comments on “Urban Canopy – നഗരത്തിരക്കിലെ ഇത്തിരിപ്പച്ച | Documentary film with English subtitle

  1. ഇത്രയും നല്ല ഒരു ഡോക്യൂമെന്ററി പകർത്തിയ ക്യാമറാമാൻ ഇരിക്കട്ടെ ഒരു ബിഗ് സല്യൂട്ട് പിന്നെ direction ws superb 👌💯♥️..

  2. Ella rashtreeya thendikalkkum ithu manasilakkanulla kazhivundayirunnel God's own country ennathu sathya saddamaayum sariuayirunnene

  3. ഒത്തിരി തവണ ഇതുവഴി പോയിട്ടുണ്ടങ്കിലും ഇത്രയും വലിയ പ്രേദേശം ആണെന്ന് അറിഞ്ഞിരുന്നില്ല.. ഭൂമിയുടെ ഇ ജീവ വായുവിനെ എന്ത് വിലകൊടുത്തും സംരക്ഷിക്കണം.. good documentery.. i will share it Maximum.. 👍👍👍

  4. Awesome. Is it possible to get access to the spot for bird photography ? Whom should we contact for the same ?

  5. ഇ ഡോക്യുമെന്ററി ടീമിന് എല്ലാവിധ ആശംസകളും നന്ദിയും… subtitle കുറച്ചു ചെറുതാക്കി ബ്ലാക്ക് ബാക്ക്ഗ്രൗണ്ട് മാറ്റിയാൽ വളരെ നന്നാകും….

  6. മംഗളവനത്തിന്റെ മഹിമ , മൂല്യം വെളിപ്പെടുത്തിത്തന്ന ഈ നിധിക്ക് നന്ദി. ഇതു നിലനിർത്താൻ ഒറ്റക്കെട്ടായി നമുക്കണിനിരക്കാം

  7. One of the best documentaries I've ever seen. ♥️
    We should protect it at any cost.
    Shared this video to everyone I know. 😊

  8. എന്റെ നാട് , ഞങ്ങൾ പഠിച്ച HMT സ്കൂൾ പരിസരം.. ചുറ്റും കാടും മരങ്ങളും നിറഞ്ഞ, കളിക്കാൻ വിട്ടാൽ ഓടി മരങ്ങളിൽ കയറുന്ന, ചോറുണ്ണാൻ ഓരോ ദിവസവും ഓരോരോ പുൽത്തകിടികൾ തേടി നടന്ന കുട്ടിക്കാലമായിരുന്നു ഞങ്ങളുടേത്. ഈ വിദ്യാലയത്തിൽ പഠിച്ചപ്പോ കിട്ടിയ ഏറ്റവും വലിയ അറിവും അനുഭവവുമാണ് പ്രകൃതിയോടുള്ള ഈ ഇഷ്ടം..

    പല തരം പക്ഷികളെയും ശലഭങ്ങളും ഇവിടെ കണ്ടിട്ടുണ്ടെങ്കിലും ഇത്രയധികം ജൈവ സമ്പത്ത് ഉൾക്കൊള്ളുന്നതാണെന്ന് അറിയില്ലായിരുന്നു. എന്തായാലും ഇ വീഡിയോ വളരെ നന്നായി

    👍👍👍
    👍👍👍👍👍
    ശരിയാണ്.. നിർമ്മാണ പ്രവർത്തനങ്ങളും മാലിന്യ നിക്ഷേപങ്ങളും കാരണം ഓരോ ദിവസവും നശിച്ചു കൊണ്ടിരിക്കുകയാണ് ഇവിടം..

    ഞങ്ങൾ പഠിച്ചപ്പോൾ ഉള്ള HMT കാടല്ല ഇപ്പോഴത്തേത്. അന്നത്തേതിൽ നിന്നും വളരെ ചെറുതായി ചുരുങ്ങിയിരിക്കുന്നു

    കാടിന്റെ മറുവശത്തായി ചതുപ്പു നിറഞ്ഞ പാടശേഖരങ്ങളിലൂടെയാണ് ആ സീപോർട് എയർ പോർട്ട് റോഡ് വരുന്നത്. വെള്ളത്തിന്റെ ഒഴുക്കിനെ തടസ്സപ്പെടുത്തുന്ന രീതിയിലുള്ള ആ റോഡ് നിർമ്മാണത്തിന്റെ ബാക്കി പത്രമാണ് , HMT കോളനി , മറ്റക്കാട്‌ ഭാഗത്ത് മഴക്കാലത്തുള്ള വെള്ളപ്പൊക്കം…

    കാല ക്രമേണ ആ റോഡിനു സമീപം കടകളും കെട്ടിടങ്ങളും വന്നേക്കാം, അത് നീങ്ങി നീങ്ങി ഈ HMT കാട് ഭാഗത്തേക്കും, ഇപ്പോഴെങ്കിലും അധികാരികൾ എന്തെങ്കിലും ചെയ്തില്ലെങ്കിൽ ഈ കാടും ഇതിലെ ജൈവ വൈവിധ്യങ്ങളും എന്നെന്നേക്കുമായി ഇല്ലാതാവും, വരും തലമുറയ്ക്ക് വേണ്ടി നമുക്ക് എന്തെങ്കിലും ചെയ്യാനാവുമെങ്കിൽ.. അത് ഇതാണ്,, ഈ ഭൂമി സംരക്ഷിക്കുക …

  9. ഒരുപാടൊരുപാട് നന്ദി ഉണ്ട് ഇങ്ങേണ്ട
    ഒരു ഡോക്യുമെന്ററി
    പുറത്തു കൊണ്ടുവന്നതിന്. തീർത്തും
    എനിക്കിതൊരു അതിശയം തന്നെ
    ആണ്, ഇങ്ങനെ ഒരു അത്ഭുദ വനം
    കളമശേരിയിൽ ഉള്ളറിന്പോൾ ഉണ്ടായത്. ഞാനും മറ്റുള്ളവരെ പോലെ
    ഒരു വലിയ പ്രകൃതി സ്നേഹിയാണ്.
    ഈ വന നശീകരണത്തിനെതിരെ നമുക്കൊരുമിച് ഒറ്റകെട്ടായി നിലകൊള്ളാം. ഇനി വരും തലമുറയ്ക്
    പുതു ജീവൻ നൽകാനായി.

    ആഗ്രഹം തോനുന്നു ഈ വനം ഒന്ന്
    സന്ദർശിക്കാൻ. പറന്ന് തരുമോ സുഹൃത്തേ ഇതെവിടെയാണെന്ന്??

  10. ഇതുവരെ കണ്ടറില്ലാത്ത ഒരുപാട് ജീവ
    ജലകങ്ങളെ കാണാൻ സാദിച്ചതിന്
    ബഹുമാനപെട്ട ഡയറക്ടർ Sujith MG, Tinson Thomas, Mahesh Maanas ഇന്നും
    ഇതിന് പിന്നിൽ പ്രവർത്തിച്ച ഏവർകും പറഞ്ഞാൽ തീരാത്ത അത്രയും നന്ദി അറിയിക്കുന്നു.

  11. Kalamasery il janich valarnnu engilum threm bamgi ulla sthalam aanu ath enn arinjilla .. hmt kaad enn kettitundengilum … oru safe place alla enna pedi ulath kond poittum illa … but ini pokanam .. ellam samrakshikka pedanam .. thanks for the best documentary.. ❤️❤️

  12. ഏതൊരു ഓർമപ്പെടുത്തലാണ് ..സർവ്വതും വെട്ടിപ്പിടിക്കാനുള്ള മനുഷ്യന്റെ ഓട്ടത്തിനിടയിൽ പ്രകൃതിയെ വിറ്റുകാശാക്കുന്നവർക്കായി

  13. Hearty Veneration to Sujith Sir and his team. let the clip Speak to many more . . . . mind blowing . SALUTE TO THE TEAM . . . BACK TO NATURE

  14. Dislike ചെയ്ത 8 പേരെ ആണ് ആദ്യമേ തുടച്ചു മാറ്റേണ്ടത്…

  15. നന്നായി ചെയ്തുട്ടോ സുജിത്തേട്ടാ… നഷ്ടപ്പെടാതെ സംരക്ഷിക്കപ്പെടട്ടെ പ്രകൃതിയിലെ ഈ സമ്പത്ത്..

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