On the eve of World Environment Day today, it indeed is an opportune time to pay obeisance to Mike Pandey who has single handedly been able to bring about the issues of environment into mainstream through his painstaking film making on environmental issues.
Mike Pandey became a passionate natural convert while growing up in the backdrop of the Nairobi National Park in Kenya, but he shot into the prominence as a film maker of eminence with his film on whale titled "SHORES OF SILENCE-WHALE SHARKS IN INDIA in 2000. This film got him the Green Panda or the Green Oscars, and such was the impact of this film that Ministry of Environment an Forests of Government of India banned the fishing of his species in coastal Gujarat.
But Mike really came into international reckoning with his work on elephants titles "VANISHING GIANTS", which also won the Green Oscars, and brought about a change in the Government's view of the manner in which the issues pertaining to elephants were addressed by the government.
For the fans of John Abraham it indeed would be music to the ears to learn that he has been associated with the cause of elephants for quite a long time and it was on the prodding from Mike Pandey. Pandey has gone on record to claim that it was owing to John's involvement with this project that the project became a resounding success, especially in Chattisgarh and Maharashtra where the issue of elephants was getting dogged in controversy of struggle between animal and the man. John Abraham is also going to produce the next film of Mike Pandey "RETURN OF THE TIGER".
Mike Pandey's major success in creating environment an issue among the people of the country has been through his programme on Doordarshan titled "EARTH MATTERS", being telecast for the last ten years. It has led to formation of more than 2000 Earth Matter Clubs all over the country and has also won the Golden Giraffe Award-the highest global award for conservation.
If the country has to prosper its environment has to be protected more Mike Pandey's in conjunction with John Abraham's are needed. May this Environment Day on June 5, begin a new chapter in this direction.