Janet Orlene's K2K walk along Kerala coast and onto Kanyakumari documents environmental degradation
Kollam: Janet Orlene, a 27-year old from Bengaluru, started her 850-km long Kerala -to-Kanyakumari walk from Ullal in Dakshina Kannada on October 5. To study how climate crisis has impacted coastal communities her walk is entirely along the shore with brief interruptions conceding to the demands of geography.
In Kappil beach, where the camera caught up with her, she remarked on the soil erosion, as was noticed in other places too. She tries to walk as close to the sea walls as possible and points out how the embankments have suffered the fury of the waves in many places.
Her support team includes Pradeep Rajendran, Meghana Basavaraju and a mongrel, Storm, whom they adopted in the temple town of Udupi; the band trailing her in a car.
Meghana shoots as Janet follows the environmental degradation caused by global heating and rampant uses of plastic, apart from recording the culture of littoral lives for purpose of making a documentary.
The walk ends by night, which is typically spent in an accommodating house by the shore, a place of worship, school or even camping in the open with Storm as guard dog.
According to her, earlier in Shriya, Kasaragod, the shoreline was littered with a vast expanse of footwear, and other waste.
Similarly, large swathes of the beach in other places are polluted by plastic bottles and bags and leather items too. Disposed syringes along with other medical waste were found in some stretches.
Locals told her that the Maldivian merchant ship ‘Ocean Ruler,’ condemned as scrap near the State-owned ship-breaking unit of the Steel Industries Kerala Ltd. (SILK) at Azhikkal, in Kannur, is affecting their catch.
K2K, which is scheduled to reach Kanyakumari on December 5, is crowd-funded.