'Being an Earth Carer' Projects

As I pondered in early 2009, of what words would attract the attention of people to want to genuinely change to love, feel and be compassionate for the Earth, a thought flashed through – “Earth Carer”! One evening soon after I began to use the word, I met my former neighbour, a caring person, at a plant nursery. As I mentioned the word Earth Carer, she looked up and at me immediately. I knew then this was the word that people would love to be associated with. To be called an Earth Carer.

To be an Earth Carer however, is quite a challenge. It is a dire test of an individual’s sincerity and commitment over a long period of time in caring for the Earth. To call one-self an Earth Carer, you have to have been genuinely practising that in many aspects of your living.
— Thayanithi Kulenthran

1. The Earth Child/Children (& EARTH PARENT) Project

What indeed IS an Earth Child?

Is there a need for these children on Earth?

Can such a child and children be raised and nurtured, consciously or unconsciously?

The future of planet Earth will depend on the increasing consciousness of children towards Earth.  I call them the Earth Children.

This project may have had its early beginnings in 1982. When a baby boy of Sri Lankan Tamil parentage was born in the highlands of Scotland.  The mother of the child spent most of her pregnancy with the father of the child within the pristine Scottish highlands.

It was perhaps no coincidence too that this child was born to a father who was an Obstetrician Gynaecologist who loved babies and children. While the mother of this child deeply loved nature, and babies and children too.

Lets try to answer the first question.

What indeed is an Earth Child?

The Earth Child is a child raised and nurtured primarily by parents, supported perhaps by grandparents. But not left mainly to the care of nannies, maids or nurseries.  There may however be an odd child or two, despite growing up against all odds of circumstances, still emerges to be an Earth Child.  Much as the Lotus emerges out of the mud and waters untainted.

An Earth Child is naturally drawn to Nature, delighting in plants and the animal world - the birds, beetles, dragonflies, butterflies.. and with water, the wind and the soil. He or she is gentle with plants and with the smaller creatures that walk our Earth. Would such a child be naturally attuned to this special world of creatures and plants? Perhaps. But then again children can be nurtured to feel for plants and this animal world and to enjoy the feel of the wind, water (they naturally do!) and soil.

On 9th October 2016, during the holy period of Navarathiri a very special 6month old baby was invited with her parents into the DayAnidhi Earth Garden Sanctuary… This baby girl had fought for her life; she was born grossly premature. She is today a healthy talkative little girl of 2.

2. Climate Change Response, Adaptation & Resilience Project

Aspects of this project have begun through the projects on:-

  • The DayAnidhi Earth Garden Sanctuary

  • The Conservation, Creation and Compassionate Harvest of The Sacred Lotus

  • Towards Zero Plastic Bags: The DayAnidhi Earth Model

  • Reconnecting Women with the Earth

3. The Indigenous Peoples Basket, Forests and Communities Project

Indigenous Peoples are a significant and important section of humanity. Their heritage, their ways of life, their stewardship of this planet, and their cosmological insights are an invaluable treasure house for us all.”
— Extracted from the Indigenous Peoples Literature, www.indigenouspeople.net

And yet the lands of the Indigenous Peoples especially those living and depending upon the forests for their survival, have been exploited by many other sectors of humankind; denying the Indigenous Peoples their rights to their ancestral lands and to a basic humanitarian life.

Our project idea on the Indigenous Peoples Basket, Forests and Communities primary goal is to connect urban communities where most populations are located today, to be compassionate about the indigenous peoples. To do that we needed a visible tangible indicator that linked the indigenous peoples, and their forested ancestral lands with an important use that was regular, – Thaya, in 2001, stumbled upon the Indigenous Peoples Basket! in particular the “uyut” and “gaweng” baskets . These hand woven baskets are beautiful and elegant, indeed a great work of art and inspiration of the Indigenous Peoples, but have a practical use in everyday life, as a carrier bag. They are a good alternative to plastic carrier bags. When used and carried around, they are an immediate reminder of the Indigenous Peoples and of their culture and of our tropical rain forests!

The Founder of DayAndihi Earth has a small personal collection of these Indigenous Peoples baskets that she regularly uses in shopping for wet produce like fruits and vegetables, take away foods etc. These hand woven baskets were used in her demonstrations, talks and training of Towards Zero Plastic Bags: The DayAnidhi Earth Model.         

This project has begun in Malaysia through the Towards Zero Plastic Bags: The DayAnidhi Earth Model, since 2007. However there is much more to this project...

4. Dayanidhi earth living project

DayAnidhi Living is a way of life, of “Living”; that is merciful to the Earth and other beings.  It embodies compassion as a very important virtue. This project has a number of sub projects. They are:    

  • 4.1 Reconnecting Women with the Earth

  • 4.2 Towards Zero Plastic Bags: The DayAnidhi Earth Model

  • 4.3 Be a Caregiver for your elderly parents

 The first two sub projects have begun. The third project “Be the Caregiver of your elderly parents” is in its developmental and implementation stage.     

Note: The DayAnidhi Earth Garden Sanctuary is also an important aspect of DayAnidhi Earth Living. However because of the extent and depth of knowledge and wisdom learnt and practised through the creation of this garden sanctuary, we have listed this as a separate program on its own.   


4.1 reconnecting women (& Humanity) with the earth 

This project began in the late 1990’s with a small invited tea session of women friends to the garden sanctuary at DayAnidhi Earth. Discussions were preliminary and centred around time spent at home, the use of plastic bags in the household,  and daily transport travel. Many more issues remain to be explored and discussed.


4.2 Towards zero plastic bags: The Dayanidhi Earth Model

This is an approach with tried and tested solutions to the problem of plastic bags generated by a typical household. Plastic bag use is a real example of our current unsustainable and uncompassionate lifestyles. The DayAnidhi Earth Model approach began with the individual, moved on to friends and family, and the Malaysian Environmental NGO’s.

Indigenous People’s Baskets of rattan are compassionate carrier bags. Why not use them?

Indigenous People’s Baskets of rattan are compassionate carrier bags. Why not use them?

Towards Zero Plastic Bags: The DayAnidhi Earth Model links and integrates urban living with freshwater ecosystems, forests, rural livelihoods/economies, disadvantaged and challenged groups like single mothers, women working from and at home, the disabled, indigenous communities, farmers etc. It is a holistic model focusing on and integrating ecosystems with human well being – it is essentially an ecological and social model for compassionate living. Through this model economic needs are also met. This model addresses in depth, issues far more than sustainable development as we know it today. 

The model was designed, developed and tested in the DayAnidhi Earth household over a 6 year period from mid 2001 to 2007.  This model with regards towards zero plastic bags, was proposed as a training programme for the Malaysian Environmental NGOs (MENGO’S) in 2007, during Phase II of the Biodiversity Component of the Danida Environmental Co-operation Programme (ECP). This environmental co-operation programme was between the Government of Denmark and the Government of Malaysia, specifically for the Civil Society Sub Component on the Urban Environment. It was to serve as a model for community demonstrations and training.

Between October 2007 – March 2009, talks, training and demonstrations were conducted for members of civil society, including corporate organisations, as a result of invitations received. Firstly to SHELL Malaysia – a talk and demonstration, then to the Malaysian Environmental NGO’s (MENGO’s), then with the Sustainable Development Network of Malaysia (SUSDEN), and with the Consumer Association of Penang and to Technip Malaysia.

Towards Zero Plastic Bags:The DayAnidhi Earth Model was developed by Thayanithi Kulenthran. It is the copyright of DayAnidhi Earth.


4.3 Be a caregiver for youR elderly parents

This project is in its developmental and implementation stage. The project idea is based on Thaya’s value system and personal experiences.