He has conducted several outreach programmes on conservation of Oliver turtles in nearby fishing villages, following educating the forest department officials in Mahabalipuram and several other NGOs like Tree foundation. This involved teaching the importance of the gel coating the eggs, the right temperature to store the eggs, and to retain the same shape of the place, where the eggs were laid by the turtles.
Saravanan also disclosed volunteering at RSS - the Hindu religious organisation, in his childhood. He explained, “They conducted camps as they preached us on the role of how our religion, (Hindu), is the higher than the rest, even asked us to act against Christians who came inside our village.
His actions were further observed by his teacher Poornima, who intervened and explained the ill-effects born out of it.
In 2002, I joined a team of environmental activists led by Nityanand Jayaraman, soon we fought against the State government’s project to build an elevated expressway from Nochikuppam to Kottivakkam, on the coastline of Madras.
With the advent of RTI Act in 2005, we succeeded in acquiring datas pertaining to the project and the restriction laid out by the environmental laws. This attained me a new identity and victory as an RTI activist, and my petetion was the first RTI application to the Chief Information Officer.
He continues, after acquiring the information related to Urur Kuppam, we conducted meetings to disseminated information for other fishing villages who needed help to safeguard their land.
This was achieved as we conducted and raised the issue as a community, Save Chennai Beaches, a campaign was formed, along with support from the then Director of Kalashetra Foundation, cultural ministry, and also from worldwide members of the Theosophical Scoiety.
In 2011, the Madras High Court cancelled the State government’s project of building an elevated road.
How can a government official or an expert map a fishing village, without having any practical knowledge or history of our coastal communities? It is important to understand that, only a fisherman can be the hero of his story. The State government has made a draft of the map, without consulting the fishermen, and till now they have not completed the map.