Rohan Chakravarty’s environmental comic entertains and informs

Few months ago, AlJazeera published a sort of scathing review accusing our current Prime Minister of waging a war on the environment. It was shared by thousands, commented on by more, and generally created the kind of aggressive dialogue that India has lacked in this space for far too long. And while we have nothing but respect for the researched and nuanced approach the publication has taken (depending on what it stands for), there is a need for different types of content that engage different sects of society – those who may not have encountered or engaged in such discourse otherwise – in newer ways.
Enter Rohan Chakravarty and his goofy cartoons. For just over six years now, the Bangalore-based dentist and animation designer has been creating satirical environmental strips in a way that will draw you in with their spirit and leave you with their attention and importance forever imprinted in your mind. spirit.
Chakravarty said wild browser that his passion for the natural world was sparked in 2005 when he was at the Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary.
“The scenes of gorgeous women in bathtubs were the turning points of many Hitchcock thrillers, and the one in my life definitely was for me; just that in my case the female was of a different species and the watering hole was much bigger than any of Hitchcock’s tubs! he commented, immediately capturing his ability to adapt environmental issues and make them instantly applicable to a generation nurtured by pop culture. Considering we’re the youngest country in the world right now, his approach couldn’t be more timely either.
Over time, he became more and more interested in wildlife and started a nature club with friends. But the turning point came in January 2009, when he started Green Humorthe blog where he publishes his cartoons on wildlife, the environment and conservation.
Like many satirists before him, he soon realized that humor is the best way to communicate important issues to the public – and people definitely took notice. In addition to being published in magazines such as Asia Sanctuary and environmental magazines like Current preservation and SaivusChakravarty’s work has won prestigious awards – his portrayal of climate change in the Sunderbans won first prize from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the French Foreign Ministry’s Asia-Pacific cartoon competition titled Climate Change: A People’s Perspective.
From lax law enforcement and greedy land acquisition in the name of economic progress, to the disappearance of natural habitat and the rapid decline of species, Chakravarty has taken the mundane and made it magical.
More interestingly, its protagonists are always animals. You will never see a human activist campaigning in his cartoons. “We may not consciously realize it, but our minds definitely relate instantly to the animal characters. From Disney movies to Hanna-Barbera TV shows, from Bill Watterson’s tigers to Gary’s cows and chickens. Larson, we have enjoyed, felt and communicated with anthropomorphized animals for decades and there is nothing better to endorse wildlife issues than wild animals themselves, which is why I have always tried to use them to interest readers in learning more about the subject matter of my cartoons,” he says in the wild browser