I remember seeing this video when I was a kid.
I also saw the Just Give a Hoot…Don’t Pollute commercials.
Or the Smokey the Bear commercials.
But this one always seemed to get me. Every single one of the Native American Indian Crying Commercials always got to me and still do in a way even today.
So this weekend, while Bear and I were on our way to places in and around Pune, I had an idea.
When you’re riding on the back of a bike in Pune and wearing helmets like Bear and I do, you have a lot of time to look around you, smell the ‘air’ and contemplate life’s little intricacies like “I never knew Cows liked to eat trash from the side of the road”.
And that is when I came up with a great idea!
No, not to have an American Crying….even though we do it to see such a beautiful land destroyed in such a way….I think most people wouldn’t really care what we thought. But they DO care what God thinks!
And hence my idea….
Why not have some commercials similar to the ones that stirred me as a child but put an Indian spin on them to get the attention of the people of India who are the most apathetic to the pollution and trash that they help contribute to?
Here were my ideas….
Picture this….Hanuman in the forest and dropping from a tree straight into litter left by thousands of picnickers touring the land. He looks about him at the multitude of plastic bags and Styrofoam cups and plates that he knows will take far too long to decompose. He hefts his mighty Gada and swings it into the trash, destroying it….only to return day in and day out to find more trash.
Picture this….The Ganga River. Polluted and trashed….as per the normal. And on the desecrated banks appears Goddess Ganga. She looks around her…the camera zooms in on despicable conditions and then back to the Goddess Ganga, she falls to her knees in trash and covers her face with her hands….the camera comes in close and she turns to it, crying and begs for people to care for her home as if it were their own. Or some such thing.
Perhaps she see’s something like this….
Ideas? Thoughts? Opinions?