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Government campaign sows seed of green revolution

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You can not miss the signboards propped up on medians at prominent localities in the city, flashing messages of planting trees, and urging residents to avoid using plastics. With going green being the new watchword, efforts in creating awareness of increasing green cover have paid off. Sticking to the method of leading by example, the State government's recent announcement of a mass sapling plantation campaign has earned appreciation from many, irrespective of political barriers.

The campaign was launched in all the districts on February 24, birthday of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa. The State Forest Department in association with the Tamil Nadu State Pollution Control Board will embark on the task of planting 64 lakh seedlings of various fast growing species outside the forest area in the state.

Students, consumer organisations, environmentalists, and voluntary organisations, have voiced a positive opinion on the move.

The area of focus will be campuses of educational institutions, industrial units prone to pollution, government offices, besides national and state highways. The Forest Department will supply and plant tree seedlings in institutions and offices for free of cost. The unique distinction of this project is that even private concerns have been taken into account for the drive. While in the past, mass sapling planting campaigns have failed to reap desired results due to lack of proper upkeep, this time the government is keen on identifying the right places to ensure that plants are maintained. For instance, institutions with compound walls are chosen for planting saplings to ensure proper upkeep. A hawk's eye will be kept on all the saplings to ensure regular watering and maintenance.

With the Chief Minister evincing interest in the initiative, the Tiruchi district administration and the Forest Department lost no time in organising preliminary works for the planting of 1.6 lakh seedlings in the district. Teams were formed to identify areas for the campaign, and for creating awareness among the public. The Pollution Control Board presented a list of industries prone to pollution, and the Forest teams visited the units and ascertained soil fertility of the places.

As soon as the project was announced a few months ago, the Forest Department swung into action, and raised seedlings at its nursery farms at Somarasampettai, Manapparai, Thuvarankurichi, and Thuraiyur.

Seedlings of tree species, including neem, pungan, kumil, aavi, gulmohar and naval were raised in these nurseries. Specific species of avenue trees were chosen as these floras are known for their fast growth and serene appearance.

Plant varieties that provide shade and enhance the face of the environment are being chosen, according to I.Anwardeen, District Forest Officer. Collector Jayashree Muralidharan took advantage of the opportunity to raise as many trees as possible in all the government offices across the district, and specific orders were given to officers of all the departments. Industrial houses situated in the district have come forward to provide tree guards.

The Cethar Ltd, Ramco Cement, Tiruchi Distilleries and Chemicals Limited, have already donated hundreds of tree guards and a few other corporate houses are in the row to provide assistance.

Even before this well designed project was launched, over 22,000 seedlings were planted at the Collectorate and other government offices under the ‘Tiruchi Green' campaign, thanks to the initiative of Ms. Jayashree Muralidharan.

The authorities are going all out to encourage people to participate in this campaign. The seedlings will be given free of cost to voluntary organisations and residents welfare associations too which agree for the proper maintenance of the trees, a forest officer said.

V. Sundararaju, former Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer, based on his experience, says that more than planting, nursing a tree is important. The scheme should also ensure identification of individuals and fixing responsibility for the proper upkeep and growth of trees.

The authorities should take all initiative to motivate the people for the success of this project. The nearby individual or institution should be involved for the maintenance of the trees planted in public places. If possible , individuals and institutions should be honoured in recognition of their efforts , says Mr. Sundararaju.

Similarly, educational institutions should give responsibility of maintaining plants to the students , he adds.

A concerted effort is the need of the hour for achieving the desired goals to check the hazards such as global warming . On the lines of Arivoli Iyakkam, pulse polio , tree planting should also become a mass movement, says V. R. Mathiazhagan, Professor of Economics, National College.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2012 7:05 am 
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Tree planting drive launched

To mark the 64th birthday of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, the Forest Department inaugurated a tree planting mission that hopes to plant 1.6 lakh saplings throughout the district.

N. R. Sivapathi, Minister for Higher Education, planted saplings in Srirangam to mark the campaign's inauguration.

The first batch of 192 saplings were split into groups of 64 and planted in places including Amma Mandapam, Pudukottai Road and the Annal Gandhi Memorial Government Medical College campus on Friday. Part of a state-wide programme, the project hopes to draw to a close by May 2012, according to I. Anwardeen, District Forest Officer.

“We will be planting mostly avenue trees that can grow faster and have multiple benefits like early flowering, scenic appeal and more shade,” he said.

He added that the idea behind the tree planting drive was to mitigate the effects of global warming and to create a conducive micro-climate. Some of the species that will be plantedinclude neem, kumil, aavi, gulmohar, mahogany, aavi and bauhinia.

The project, which has been funded by the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board and implemented by the Forest Department, will focus on making educational institutions greener by planting at least 50 saplings in each campus.

The inaugural ceremony held early morning on Friday was attended by Jayashree Muralidharan, Collector, A. D. Barua, Conservator of Forests, Tiruchi Circle, A. Jaya, Mayor, K. Veera Raghava Rao, Corporation Commissioner, Anwardeen, M. Paranjothi, R. Manoharan and T. P. Poonachi, all MLAs.

Mr. Sivapathi also inaugurated a photo exhibition organised by the Directorate of Information and Public Relations at the Srirangam Boys School. Photos depicting the various events that took place since the new government assumed charge and the achievements of the various departments. A large number of students and public visited the exhibition.


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Mass cleaning campaign launched in Srirangam

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The Tiruchi Corporation on Friday launched a mass cleaning campaign in Srirangam.

The drive was inaugurated by N.R.Sivapathi, Minister for School Education, Youth Welfare and Sports, in the presence of Collector Jayashree Muralidharan, Mayor A.Jaya, R.Manoharan and M.Paranjothi, MLAs, Corporation Commissioner K.Veera Raghava Rao and other officials.

The cleaning campaign, in which officers and employees of the Corporation participated, was carried out in and around the Srirangam Ranganathaswamy Temple covering Raghavendrapuram, Thiruvadi Street, Chithirai and Uthira Streets among other places.

A total of 26 places were covered during the campaign, in which 266 Corporation officers and employees participated.

Mr.Rao in a press communication issued here, appealed to the people not to litter public places, and dump garbage in the designated bins in the city.


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Massive greening drive in district

A massive greening drive, during which about 1.60 lakh saplings are to be planted, would be taken up across the district from February 24 in connection with Chief Minister Jayalalithaa's birthday. The campaign to go on till April would see the plantation of saplings in government and private schools and colleges, industries, public places in the city and along highways. Collector Jayashree Muralidharan chaired a meeting with I.Anwardeen, District Forest Officer, and other officials to discuss the modalities of the programme on Tuesday. She appealed to the people to extend their cooperation for the programme for the benefit of the society.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2012 1:45 pm 
Trichy students enter Limca Book of Records by preparing 4000 eco-friendly paper bags

Trichy (Tamil Nadu), Jan.26 (ANI): Students in Trichy, Tamil Nadu, have entered the Limca Book of Records by preparing 4000 eco-friendly paper bags.

About 4600 students took part in the feat and participated in a rally to sensitise people about the advantages of pursuing an eco-friendly way of life.

Nanthini, a student, said: “We are gathered here to create the Limca record and we have created 4000 paper bags just to (make) aware the people about the illness of plastics. We made these because to create a Limca record and now we are going to conduct a rally about this thing and this is to (make) aware people to use paper bags instead of plastic bags.”

Sabrina, another student, said: “Today, we participated in this occasion, they are eco-friendly bags, we are trying to make the world very eco-friendly because our world is going very artificially and the plastics bags are destroying the world, so what I think that paper bags will make the earth to become eco-friendly.” (ANI)


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Artistic appeal to save the earth

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The bark of a tree embodying the figure of a man extending a beggar's bowl is the ultimate cry of creation against destruction. A man seeking refuge under an umbrella in the midst of stumps of felled trees portrays the irony of seeking shade after annihilating its natural source. The final image of a globe perched on a hand with fingers shaped like branches are a reminder that redemption is yet possible through restoration.

The thematic exhibition titled ‘Save the earth' at the Government Museum by artist Tamizharasan evokes images of destruction, despair and hope through paintings that depict a confluence of man and nature.

The expo is part of a State-wide initiative by the artist from Mannampadi village in Cuddalore district to mobilise youth to take up the cudgels for environment conservation.

Right from a glimpse of pristine nature in the beginning of time to a terrifying insight into futuristic world, the 50 paintings done in acrylic colours are both a warning and an appeal.

Mr.Tamizharasan tells the story through one-day exhibition of paintings organised for school and college students in every district. An old couple marooned on a miniscule piece of land engulfed by the sea visualises the consequences we have triggered in the form of global warming. A monkey lying aback with blood oozing highlights the upsetting of ecological balance.

Tamizharasan does not stop with depicting the horrors of atomic warfare and water pollution, he seeks a panacea in the form of images of well ventilated rooms to save electricity and possibilities of tapping into wind energy.

Going beyond his role as an artist, Mr.Tamizharasan educates students on how seemingly inconsequential actions have greater ramifications. “People are not aware that mindless dumping of electronic waste like changing cell phones frequently spin off a vicious cycle. Instead of talking about sapling plantation, I tell students on the role played by trees in bearing the brunt of Cyclone Thane,” he explains.

The initiative is funded through commercial portraits and landscapes he does throughout the year. Speaking of the response from students, he says, “A student from Nagapattinam whose father sells wood wrote back saying he would convince his father to stop felling of trees. I derive satisfaction from the fact that at least 300 people of the 3000 I address in every institution may take it seriously while a few may even act upon it.”

The expo kicked off on January 7 from Puducherry and would wind up on February 29 in Chennai.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2012 12:26 pm 
Applications invited for environmental awards

Applications have been invited for the Environmental Awards 2011 given away by the State government.

The awards will be given under the categories of Environmental Awareness and Education and Environmental Protection and Management.

The broad eligibility criteria for the two awards state that the applicants must be institutions or organisations, educationists and individuals who are involved in the promotion of awareness, protection and management of the environment.

Activities carried over the past three years alone are eligible for the awards. Individual applicants, besides being above 18 years of age, must also not be employed in any institutions.

All applicants must be from Tamil Nadu and they may apply for only one category and must not be earlier recipients of the award.

Individuals or institutions applying for the Environmental Protection and Management award, must furnish detailed reports of any fieldwork undertaken .

The report must carry project-related pamphlets, project reports, newspaper clippings and an estimation of the fieldwork's usefulness. Officials from the departments related to the issue or members of the selection committee will inspect the fieldwork reports submitted under this category.

An award would also be given for the best research paper published on an issue of environmental management. Instituted to encourage research activities pertaining to environmental concerns, the award will be given to papers individually or jointly published in 2011. The winner will be honoured with a cash prize and a citation.

Under this category, applications from researchers and research organisations involved in environmental management are sought.

Only papers that have been published in reputed scientific journals (in English or Tamil) will be considered for the award and applicants must provide proof of its publication.

The other rules for application are: If the paper is in English, a Tamil translation must accompany it; if it is in the form of a book, the entire book must be submitted; in the case of the paper being jointly published, the primary individual alone is eligible to apply and those who have already received the award are not eligible.

The application forms can be downloaded from the website: www.environment.in.nic.in or obtained from the office of the Director, Department of Environment, Chennai.

The forms will be available up to February 7 and the last date for submission of applications is February 27.


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Take up green campaign in city

The MGR Nalpani Mandram has appealed to the district administration to take up a green campaign in the city and plant saplings along the roadsides in the trees. In a statement, N.Ramakrishnan, founder secretary of the organisation, said at least 10,000 saplings should be planted along arterial roads to restore the green cover in the city. A large number of trees in the city were felled mindlessly in the past few years, he said. He also appealed to the Collector to take steps to open the bus stand at Samayapuram soon.


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Forest Department plans to plant 1.6 lakh seedlings

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City gets breather:Teak saplings planted along Uyyakondan channel in the city.

In an effort to enhance green cover, Forest Department would embark on the task of planting seedlings of various fast growing tree species outside forest areas in the district.

The seedlings would be planted in government offices and institutions, industrial premises, private education institutions and along roadsides. The highlight of the new initiative is that the Forest Department will supply and plant tree seedlings in institutions and offices free of cost with the entire expenditure borne by the State government.

The Forest Department has been given a target to plant 1.6 lakh tree seedlings outside forest areas under this scheme in Tiruchi district which has only nine per cent of its area under forest cover.

Seedlings of tree species including neem, pungan and naaval is proposed to be planted in the identified places and the maintenance of the saplings would have to be taken care by the respective beneficiaries.

The tree plantation drive will commence on February 24, the birthday of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa.

Ahead of the plantation, the Forest Department has begun to raise the saplings in six nurseries situated in Tiruchi, Thuraiyur, Manapparai and Thuvarankurichi.

The department has begun to shortlist government and private institutions for planting the saplings.

The best part of the scheme is that even private institutions and establishments have been taken into account under this scheme for the plantation drive, says the District Forest Officer I. Anwardeen.

The State government had directed the Forest Department to plant 64 lakh seedlings outside forest areas across the State to enhance green cover, Mr. Anwardeen said.

Trees outside forest areas would provide multiple benefits such as ground water recharge, clean air and conducive micro climate besides supporting the native biodiversity of species such as butterflies, birds, bees and other life forms.

Mr. Anwardeen said interested institutions and individuals could approach the Forest Department for planting saplings of species suitable to their respective sites. Preference would be given to those who showed interest in protecting the seedlings, he added.


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