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World Environment Day celebration – 2006

 
 

 
 
I. Seminar on Global Warming:
The theme of the world Environment Day for the year 2007 is “Melting Ice – a Hot Topic?”. In Tamil Nadu the World Environment Day was celebrated on 5th June by the Department of Environment in collaboration with Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) and Gulf of Mannar Biosphere Reserve Trust (GoMBRT) at Schwartz Matriculation Higher Secondary School. Thiru R.Kirlosh Kumar, I.A.S., Collector, Ramnad district inaugurated an exhibition and seminar on climate change and spoke about the impact of climate change and the rise in sea level. Thiru.K.S.Neelakantan I.F.S., Director, Department of Environment, insisted on the importance of conserving the Gulf of Mannar Biosphere Reserve. Dr. T. Sekar I.F.S., Member Secretary, TNPCB, expressed concern about the increasing vehicular pollution which leads to increase in greenhouse gasses.

Dr.J.K. Patterson Edward, Director, SDMRI, Tuticorin spoke about the impact of climate change on corals. Dr.C.Thomson Jacob, Senior Programme Officer spoke about the impacts of global warming in Himachal Pradesh and Coastal Orissa and made a video presentation to the students. An awareness rally was flagged off by Thiru R.Thirugnanam, I.P.S., Superintendent of Police, Ramnad District. Students from various schools in Ramnad participated and raised awareness slogans to the public. During the World Environment Day celebration, the Hon’ble Minister for Environment Thiru T.P.M.Mohideen Khan said that Tamil Nadu Government has made several initiatives to enforce Pollution Control norms in the State. He has also said that Government has decided to clean the Kodaikanal Lake. The Hon’ble Minister for Environment also released a NGC Teachers Manual, SoE Video and Launched a SoE website on ‘State of Environment’. The Hon’ble Minister for Housing and Slum Clearance Board Thiru Suba Thangavelan said that each house should grow a tree to mitigate climate change. Thiru K.S. Neelakantan I.F.S., Director, Department of Environment in his introductory speech briefed the activities of the Department. Thiru R. Rajagopal I.A.S., Secretary, Environment and Forests said that the pollution level was much higher in big cities owing to the increase number of vehicles, use of plastics and also highlighted the role of NGC in creating Environmental Awareness among students and Public. Thiru N. Sundaradevan, I.A.S., Chairman, Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board said that the awareness of preserving the environment should begin from students, so that the message could be spread to others in an effective manner. Dr.V.K.Melkani, I.F.S., Chief Conservator of Forests and Director, GOMBRT said that all five prime factors of life saving system should be protected. The Collector, R. Kirlosh Kumar, I.A.S., said that people should come forward to use non-conventional energy sources. To create Environmental Awareness among public against usage of plastic and the importance of protecting the biodiversity of GOMBR, Hon’ble Minister for Environment had issued a cheque for Rs.1.5 lakhs to M/s. Sugam Thondu Niruvanam, an NGO at Ramanathapuram.

World Environment Day was celebrated in other districts of Tamil Nadu also. In Erode, World Environment Day was celebrated by forming a Human Chain by the students. In Erode, 750 students participated in the human chain and raised awareness through slogan, street play and distributing pamphlets

In Salem World Environment Day celebration was celebrated in Attur, Government Girls Higher Secondary School, Gokulanatha Hindu Mahajan Higher Secondary School, Gangavalli Government Boys Higher Secondary School, St. John’s Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Holy Cross Matriculation Higher Secondary School and Jayarani Girls Higher Secondary School. During the World Environment Day celebration various competitions and Environment rallies were organised by school authorities to create awareness among school students and public.

In Nagercoil, World Environment Day was celebrated in Marthandam Girls Higher Secondary School and Kumari Matric School. More than 100 students participated in the awareness rally and tree plantation. Environmental experts spoke about the importance of conserving the coastal district from the natural disaster and cautioned the students about climate change.

In Vellore Mr. Subramaniam, District Environmental Officer flagged off the rally in which more than 10 schools participated and raised Environmental awareness slogans. In Karur a seminar was organised in Annai Lea High School, Sevapur by Inba Seva Sangam, more than 150 students participated and tree saplings were planted. Similarly World Environment Day also celebrated in Ramanathapuram and Theni Districts.

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II.  94th Indian Science Congress Pride of Indian Science - Expo

The Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA), which is the premier organization formed with the objective of advancing, promoting and furthering the cause of Science in India, conducted a five day scientific meet from 3rd to 7th January 2007 at Chidambaram in Tamil Nadu. The focal theme of the meet and the mega exhibition is “Pride of Indian Science Expo” is Planet Earth – Science and Technology.”

The winners in the Enviro-competition 2006 exhibited their working model during the Science Congress. Environment Scientist Dr. M.S. Swaminathan appreciated the effort taken by the students.

The Department of Environment established a pavilion and made arrangement for the participation of NGC students. The 10 students and five teachers from the following 5 schools, who have been adjudged for prizes during the recently held Envrio – Expo at Madurai during Nov 2006, exhibited their working models, at the pavilion erected in 36 sq.mts.

The following five schools erected working modules on the following themes.

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Theme exhibited
1. Sethupathi Higher Secondary School, Madurai Control air pollution through oxidized air motor
2. Scott Christian Higher Secondary school, Nagercoil, Kanniyakumari Dt. Renewable source of energy through wind mills
3. Government Higher Secondary school, Alapakkam, Tiruvallur Dt Geothermal power station
4. Holy Cross Matric Higher Secondary School, Salem Pollution free earth through Integrated pest Management
5. Sri R.K.M. Sardha Vidyalaya Model Hr.Sec.School, T.Nagar, Chennai-18 Solar Energy- Icemaker

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III) ENVIRO Expo

Department of Environment conducted Enviro Expo to bring out the various talents of students. This Expo was conducted during the month of November 2006 at Madurai. About 58 schools participated and exhibited their models. The winners were given an opportunity to exhibited their models in the “94th Indian Science Congress” held at Annamalai University, Chidambaram from 3rd to 7th January 2007.

IV) ENVIRO-CAMPS

The winner of the educational district wise Enviro competitions which was conducted by the Department of Environment during October 2006 in 64 educational districts were selected for the Revenue district wise competitions held during October 2006 in 30 districts.

The winners of the Revenue districts wise competitions participated in the Sate level finals held on 19th November 2006 at Madurai, along with Enviro Expo-2006. Over 600 students from all over Tamil Nadu participated in the competitions. 30 eco-camps of 3 day duration were conducted for 3,000 students, who have participated in the enviro competitions. Most of the eco-camps have been completed during the half yearly vacation during December 2006 and Pongal holidays during January-2007.

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V) International Ozone Day Celebration

To commemorate the International Ozone day, Department of Environment has organised Ozone day celebration at Don Bosco Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Vellore on 16th September 2006. The theme for the Ozone Day for the year 2006 is “Protect the Ozone Layer: Save Life on Earth”. Thiru K.S.Neelakantan, I.F.S., Director delivered the inaugural address and emphasized the importance of phasing out Ozone depleting substances like CFC. Thiru Dharmendra Pratap Yadav, IAS. District Collector presided over the function. Prof.K.M.Khader Mohideen, Member of Parliament delivered the special address. Dr. Udayshankar, Deputy Secretary (EE), MoEF said that Eco clubs have been formed in 70,000 schools throughout India under the National Green Corps Programme and out of these, 7,500 are in Tamil Nadu. This programme targets school children in classes six to absorb ideas on Environmental Protection and help them to adopt an environment friendly attitude as responsible future citizens. ENVIS Team consists of Dr. C. Thomson Jacob, and Mr.J.D. Marcus Knight conducted an awareness programme to the school students on the “Importance of protecting the Ozone Layer” and briefed the importance of “Eco campus initiatives”. ENVIS team also conducted a quiz contest for NGC students on “Ozone Depletion”. More than 1400 students actively participated in the Ozone day celebration. Thiru K.S.Neelakantan, I.F.S., distributed the prizes to the winners of the quiz contest.

Further, Ozone Day was also celebrated in various other districts with the financial support from the Department of Environment

  1. Cycle rally, Quiz programme, Human chain programme at Palani conducted by IDEAL TRUST.
  2. Workshop at Theni conducted by Literate Welfare Association.
  3. Seminar at Thottiapatti, Madurai District conducted by Sugam Service Institution.

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VI) World Environment Day Celebration 2006 at Palyamkottai, Tirunelveli
The World Environment day is celebrated on the 5th of June all over the world. The theme of the World Environment Day for the year 2006 is “Deserts and Desertification” and the slogan is “Don’t Desert Dry lands!” To commemorate the World Environment day in Tamil Nadu, a rally was organized in Chennai by the department of Environment involving 12 schools consisting 200 NGC and Eco club members. Thiru K.S. Neelakantan, I.F.S flagged off the green rally from Guindy National Park, which concluded at Birla Planetarium. Thiru T. P. M. Mohideen Khan, Minister for Environment and pollution control presided over the function and released “Arivukkan” a special issue and a compact disk on “Air Pollution”. Thiru Vishwanath Shegaonkar, I.A.S., Secretary, Environment and Forests, Thiru K.A. Mathew, I.A.S, Chairman, TNPCB also spoke on the occasion. Tree saplings were planted by the dignitaries at the premises of Birla planetarium. A State level function was also organised on June 6th, at palayamkottai and the Hon’ble speaker of Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly, Hon’ble Minister for Environment, Hon’ble Minister of Social welfare and other dignitaries participated.

The World Environmental day was also celebrated in other districts of Tamil Nadu. In Dindigul, Tmt. R. Vasuki, I.A.S., District Collector flagged off the cycle rally where hundreds of students, NSS volunteers and members of Green Club participated. A workshop on “Dry land Management and Promotion of Horticultural Crops” was organized by Parkkavan Trust, Trichy District. Around 107 school students participated in drawing competition, and 200 saplings were planted.

Maruthi, (Multipurpose Association for Rural upliftment Technology and Human Integrity) celebrated World environmental day at the premises of Tamil Nadu Pensioners Society, Manamadurai, Sivagangai district. They have conducted a one day awareness programme for the students, villagers and members of Self Help Groups on Green Belt Development, Solid Waste Management, Pollution Control, Ground Water and Modern agricultural practices for better living.

In Madurai district, the Chief Education Officer (CEO), Tmt. K.Sridevi, presented the ‘Jessie Jeyakaran best National Green Corps rolling shield’ to Capron Hall Girls higher secondary school. About 800 young boys and girls from X and XII standard gathered in the campus of Sri Meenakshi Government College for women to demonstrate their concern over the diminishing green cover. In Erode district, Sonal V. Misra, I.P.S., flagged of the World Environmental Day awareness rally, Thiru P. Kuppusamy, CEO released stickers and pamphlets on environmental awareness. About 480 students participated in this programme. In Coimbatore district, World Environment Day was also celebrated in Pollachi Municipal Girls Higher Secondary School, Coimbatore District. Thiru D.N. Venkatesh, I.A.S., Deputy Collector, presided over the seminar, Thiru K.R. Vaithiarajan I.F.S., Conservator, Indira Gandhi wildlife sanctuary flagged off the rally. Tmt. R. Uma Rani CEO also participated.

The following special programmes were also conducted during World Environment Day 2006

  1. Seminar at Pullambadi, Lalgudi T.K. Trichy District conducted by Parkkavan Trust, Pullambadi
  2. Workshop at Theni, Theni District conducted by Literate Welfare Association, Kadamalaikundu, Theni
  3. Rally and competitions at Pollachi, Coimbatore District conducted by Dr. K. Govindarajulu, NGC co-ordinator, Pollachi
  4. Rally at Thiruvothiyur conducted by Thiruvothiyur Ariviyal Mandram, Thiruvothiyur, Chennai
  5. Cycle rally at Dindigul, Dindigul District conducted by CSMA Higher Sec.School, M.M Govilur, Dindigul.

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