Ooty: Campaign to check environmental degradation in the Nilgiris

Students from schools in and around Kotagiri participate

Udhagamandalam: A signature campaign to enhance awareness about the growing threat to the environment of the Nilgiris was organized under the aegis of the recently- formed Nilgiris Environmental Joint Forum at Kotagiri on Thursday.

Eco-friendly move: Students participating in an environmental awareness signature campaign at Kotagiri on Thursday.

Among those who participated were a large number of students from many schools in and around Kotagiri.

Addressing the gathering, green activist Jeevanandham of Pasumai Iyakkam said that places in the plains like Erode depended on Western Ghats for water and exhorted the people residing in the hills to protect it at all costs.

The Coordinator of the campaign Advocate K.Vijayan said that short-sighted actions of the authorities and the people of the district over the years have led to the present sorry state of affairs. He said that the trend has to be reversed.

Advocate Bhojan said that legal remedies can be sought for the environmental problems plaguing the district.

Social activist Vinodh Don Bosco said that the unprecedented happenings of last month relating to floods and landslides had brought together concerned citizens and organizations.

He added that the campaign would be extended to Coonoor and Udhagamandalam.

Stating that the people are now aware of the consequences of lop-sided development and violation of nature’s laws, he said that the Forum will take the lead in checking activities that violate the ethos of the hills.

Environmental degradation here will have drastic impact not only in the district but also in many other parts of the State.

From THE HINDU

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