Ecological awareness campaign launched

Coimbatore: In view of the World Classical Tamil Conference, an awareness campaign to prevent pollution to atmosphere by the Eco Green Unit was launched by the City Police Commissioner, C. Sylendra Babu, recently.

He exhorted the public and the visitors to extensively use paper bags and shun the use of plastic bags.

Project Officer S. Gopu was present during the launch of the campaign.

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Ooty: Association’s plea to prevent pollution

Udhagamandalam: The need to tackle the problems created by the dumping of discarded items and second-hand goods within the town has been emphasised by the Public Awareness Association of Udhagamandalam.

Pointing out that they were a source of pollution, the Secretary of the Association, G. Janardhanan has in a representation made to the Pollution Control Board sought the removal of such items from areas like Bombay Castle. A suitable place should be found for them outside the town.

The ban on air horns should be implemented stringently.

The practice of using kerosene as fuel for vehicles particularly mini buses should be curbed and restrictions should be imposed on playing music at high volume in public places.

Conservancy staff should not be allowed to set ablaze waste materials.

An end should also be put to the practice of setting fire to the dry grass inside the race course.

Smoke emission testing facilities should be set up near check posts.

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WWF: 2009 Public Service Announcements

Don’t Wait Till It’s Gone !

We have reached a moment in the history of Earth where the actions we take will determine whether or not our children will live in a world with magnificent animals such as the polar bear, swim in an ocean filled with iridescent corals and marine life, or stroll through a dense forest.

While issues such as climate change, scarcity of freshwater, overfishing and deforestation are covered in the news, many people don’t understand how these things can affect their lives. In response, WWF has launched a new Public Service Announcement campaign to make these connections and show what is at risk if we wait to, or worse do not, take action. 

At WWF, we’re working harder than ever before to save threatened species and the habitats that sustain them. Learn more about our work to protect the future of nature.

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Nagapattinam: Need for conserving Olive Ridleys

NAGAPATTINAM: An awareness seminar on the need to conserve Oliver Ridley Turtles for the fisherfolk was organised here jointly by the Forest Department and the Fisheries Department.

The two-day seminar held at Nagapattinam, Kodiakkarai and Sirkazhi aimed at exposing the fisherfolk to the need and methods of conservation of the Olive Ridleys. It focused on the threats posed to their survival and cooperation was sought from the fisherfolk.

The seminar also attempted to create an understanding on marine life prohibited under the Wildlife Protection Act 1972. Under the Wildlife Act, some species of fish, sharks, whales, turtles, mollusks were secured protection.

The seminar also saw participation from Tree Foundation, a Chennai-based non-profit organisation working towards Olive Ridley conservation along the Kancheepuram and Chennai coast.

The Forest Department had sought to emulate similar conservation activity here along the Nagapattinam coast, which supports the nesting habits of huge population of Olive Ridley turtles.

According to V. Thirunavukarasu, District Forest Officer, over 52 fisherfolk panchayatars, representatives and leaders participated in the awareness seminar.

T. Umakanthan, Assistant Director, Fisheries, Supraja Dharani, chairperson of Tree Foundation, an NGO, were present.

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Mysore: Kumble spreads message of wildlife conservation

MYSORE: His love for animals doesn’t end at photographing and adopting them. Vice-chairman of State Wildlife Board and former Indian captain Anil Kumble is spreading the message of wildlife conservation.

Speaking at the valedictory function of Mysore Zoo Youth Club-2009 on Sunday, he called upon youths to have concern for animals and environment. And he was proud to adopt eight-day-old giraffe, Lakshmi’, at Rs 25,000 on the occasion.

The Youth Club had organized programmes to familiarise children with the life of animals. Richa, student of Sadvidya School, had this to say about her 23-week experience at the Youth Club. “Though I was reluctant, I joined the club due to my dad’s pressure. But now I realise its importance. Through this club I not only learnt many things about animals and birds, but I also improved my presentation skills.”

The club members were exposed to classroom lectures on biodiversity, ants, Himalayas, wildlife, reptiles, primates, insect vectors, forest and wildlife. They were held every Sunday. The club conducted activities throughout the year and 99 children who won various prizes received certificates and prizes.

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Call to preserve water tanks in Kanyakumari

Nagercoil: A seminar on the status of tanks was convened here by environmentalists attached to various non-governmental organisations on Saturday.

Most of the tanks of Kanyakumari district were full of weeds which reduced their capacity and promoted evaporation of water resources of Kanyakumari district intended for irrigation and drinking water purposes.

Further, many tanks were encroached upon and land filled by real estate groups. The hills of the district were exploited for the sand which was dumped in to the tanks, paddy fields and wetlands, said former principal scientist, CMFRI, R.S.Lal Mohan.

Presiding over the seminar, he said that the tanks of Kanyakumari were located on a steep gradient which paved the way for the rain water to mingle with sea at a faster rate.

The constituted the natural rainwater harvesting system which made the district fertile. But due to the lack of understanding the geomorphology of the district, the tanks were allowed to be filled with aquatic vegetation belonging to various species of weeds like water hyacinth, ipomoea, grass, etc.

e tanks also recharge groundwater sources. Nowadays, the residents get drinking water once in five days in some places and once in 8 days in other areas. The district was unique in its ecology and wetlands and no unplanned developments should be allowed to turn the district into a desert, cautiond Mr. Mohan.

Environmentalist Jasmine Asir said that the water scarcity had a great impact on women. She stressed that the hardship of the rural women would increase manifold due to the land filling of the tanks and destruction of water resources.

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Salem: Ills of global warming highlighted

SALEM: Pasumai Thayagam, Salem North District conducted a seminar and an awareness campaign on ‘Global Warming’ at the Government Higher Secondary School at Vazhapadi on Monday urging the countries in the world to take concrete steps against the globe getting warmer.

Presided over by the District Organiser N. P. Venkatachalam, the seminar in which many addressed, highlighted the ills of global warming. They said that Pasumai Thayagam had been fighting for the cause for long.

They also wanted the people to use compact fluorescent lamps instead of ordinary bulbs.

Those who spoke on the subject global warming included R. Arul, K Shanmugam, C.P. Sathriyasekar, N. Gunasekaran, R. Jayavel and Ramachandran.

Assistant head master Ravishankar presided over the function.

Student P. S. Alex proposed a vote of thanks.

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