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Chat on "Tiger Cyclowalk- an Interview with Sunil Joshi" dated December 02, 2013
  • Susan Sharma: Interviewing Sunil Joshi, CEO of Great Outdoors
  • Susan Sharma: Good evening Sunil. Is there hope for saving the Bengal Tiger in the wild?
  • Sunil Joshi: Ofcourse yes ..... If all of us determine, it is possible
  • Susan Sharma: It is a novel idea to start a cyclo walk. What exactly are you planning?
  • Sunil Joshi: Well, we have planned to walk & or cycle from Tadoba to Mumbai, a distance of around 1200 kilometers. The cause --- Propagate awareness of saving the tigers, in consequence, saving the jungles / forests & thus, enhance the environment.
  • Susan Sharma: How many walkers/cyclists are you expecting in the core team?
  • Sunil Joshi: Around 3 cyclists & 4 to 5 walkers will be involved in rellay system throughout the journey of 1200 kilometers
  • Susan Sharma: I understand that local media has already been publicising the event. What other support are you getting -any help from the Forest Dept?
  • Sunil Joshi: Am sorry about typographical error ! "relay"
  • Sunil Joshi: Yes ofcourse, the top most bureaucrats of the department of forest, government of Maharashtra & the minister for forest, government of Maharashtra have offered good wishes for this Endeavour
  • Susan Sharma: What are the activities planned on the 1200 km route?
  • Sunil Joshi: Promotion of the ‘cause’ through – * Slide shows, lectures & screening of films about tigers, environment, forests etc. especially in educational institutes & social organizations en route. * The team will appeal to the population of respective villages / towns / cities to accompany a lap of the Cyclo-walk.
  • Sunil Joshi: * Tree plantation ceremonies en route will boost awareness & engrave ‘The cause’ on people’s mind. * Banners, posters, hoardings & bibs will flash the message of save the tiger. * Articles with photos in print media will propel the message to the masses of “Protect our wilderness and thus protect the tiger”.
  • Susan Sharma: Wow, that sounds really ambitious!
  • Sunil Joshi: Thanks Susan
  • Sunil Joshi: Education & awereness seem to be effective tools for any kind of 'cause'
  • Susan Sharma: I agree with you completely there.
  • Sunil Joshi: Thanks
  • Susan Sharma: Education at the grass root level is what you are attempting, is that right?
  • Sunil Joshi: Yes, very right .... Propogating about saving forests in a metro city like Mumbai does have some meaning but awareness should be at the places where the forests exist
  • Sunil Joshi: I mean, more focous should be in the areas in the sourounding areas where the forest exist ....
  • Susan Sharma: In India people had a say in conservation always. Your effort will reinforce that in a positive way.
  • Susan Sharma: Please document the events and upload videos on youtube at regular intervals. This will help a large number of people to participate virtually.
  • Sunil Joshi: Yes, I am sure, because, the slide shows & lectures will be interactive ... the educational team will have a word with the locals & there wiold be question answers time for every one
  • Sunil Joshi: Certainly, we are going to document the whoole mission
  • Susan Sharma: Look forward to talk to you again at the end of the mission.
  • Sunil Joshi: Sure, Thanks very much indeed ......
  • Susan Sharma: Let us appeal to all those who read this interview to join in the walk.
  • Susan Sharma: Any special message to IWC members before we call it a day?
  • Sunil Joshi: Sure --- The website is - https://www.facebook.com/tigercyclowalk
  • Sunil Joshi: Message - Changing habits will make a lot of difference – start with, NOT USING A TISSUE PAPER !
  • Susan Sharma: Sunil, your holistic approach to saving the tiger is refreshing. Indeed every small act counts.
  • Sunil Joshi: Yes, it does, Thanks for taking out time for having a word with me on above said MISSION
  • Susan Sharma: Thank you for sharing your thoughts. All of us at IndianWildlifeClub support the Pad Yatra and wish you and the team a happy and fruitful three months
  • Sunil Joshi: My pleasure
  • Susan Sharma: I am now closing the chat room. As soon as I close, the transcript will be uploaded. Good night!
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