Image: Aarti Srikant Lagvankar : Design Opportunity - Water (Team - Kerala Rainforest)
When I visualise myself fifteen years from now in Kerala, my very first step would be to motivate the people to undertake steps for conservation of water. Since it is very difficult to change the mindset of people after a certain age, I believe that the children should be the target.
It is easy to mould a child's mind at an adolescent stage itself. It is very evident that kids have started moving away from books and the age of video games has begun. So I thought of designing an arcade game in which the player will be a droplet of water which has to approach various obstacles (industries, careless individuals, pollution, etc.). At every obstacle, the player would be asked a question related to water conservation. If answered correctly the droplet moves on as it is and if not it becomes polluted and hence the child gets to know what factors create water problems and how to get rid of them.
Similarly, water cartoons could be made. Films are also a great way of creating awareness amongst both the children as well as the adults.
A part of the money earned from tourism (major source of income) could be used to install water recycling systems on a household or community level.
Aarti Lagvankar (Team - Kerala Rainforest)