This post was authored by Naveen Adusumilli, an NRDC Science Fellow and Economist
I grew up in Hyderabad, India -- a place that once had more than 300 small and large lakes. Years later, while I was spending my summer break with my parents, my dad and I took a ride around our town just to enjoy one of those beautiful sunny days. After a couple of miles, he pointed at a sea of apartment buildings and asked, do you remember that place? Hmmm, No! Then it struck me, it was one of the lakes that my dad and I used to visit, sit down and chat for hours when I was a kid. It was GONE!! I was so disappointed. It seems it had become polluted and no one wanted to have a dirty lake in their backyard.
My dad did what he could to keep me close to nature, taking me to the lakes and showing me the beauty of those pristine waters. I got lost somewhere in my attempt growing up. We had taken countless such trips earlier but that trip on a Saturday evening brought back in me the passion and love for the nature. I went on to do a PhD in natural resource economics and joined NRDC to give my passion a meaning. All of my co-workers here share the same passion and have their own story.