K2K - The Coastal Walk
An 850+ km Solo Journey across the Coastline of Kerala to Kanyakumari while documenting the stories of people and the planet and the environmental crisis.
"I walked across lands belonging to various communities and religions. They all believed in Her. At Chambola Harbor, near Thalassery, a few fisherfolk spoke to us about Her. “Look at the boats,” said one fisherman, as he pointed to the dockyard, “the biggest on the right are owned by the Muslims, the smaller ones in between the larger ones on the left are also owned by Muslims. The large ones on the left belong to Christians, and those ones over there and there (he pointed to a few spots) belong to Hindus. All of them are mixed up, they are touching each other.” He gazed at the sea. “The sea does not differentiate us according to our religion. We work together, run our businesses together and if need be, we die together.”
Janet Orlene, Kadalamma: The Ocean Beckons
We have collected stories of people who have watched their homes washed away due to erosion.
What we learn as a 7 cm - 23 cm rise in water lever each year translates into kilometres of homeland lost by the fisherfolk.
They tell us that, in the last 5 years, the ocean has occupied over 1 to 2 km of land.
She is inching in faster than ever before.
This is about fighting to have a liveable planet.
This is for those who find their strength within themselves.
THIS IS FOR THE ORDINARY PEOPLE
WHO DO EXTRAORDINARY THINGS
A few spaces we have been covered in
“There were days when I almost cried. Seeing the damaged, broken home, people morbidly joking about the end of their lives. But it was important for me to remain objective, to be present for the whole journey. I was observing,” she says. The data that Janet collected over the K2K walk will be sent over to the state’s Suchitwa Mission, which will use it to make amends to the maintenance being done in coastal areas.
-Likhitha P Nair, "The New Indian Express" 17th March 2020