The Tree Foundation, Roots and Shoots India, Dr. Jane Goodall International Network and the American Consulate General, Chennai, on September 7 organised a one-day biodiversity and eco-training conference for teachers hoping to inspire future generations to be environmentally-responsible individuals.

The conference focused on the importance of biodiversity awareness in education, formation of Roots and Shoots eco-groups in schools, and spearheading eco-projects on the campus.

The session also called for the foundation of environment education, to be a beacon for conservation and preservation of biodiversity.

The day-long session started with the screening of a documentary ‘Why care about Turtles,’ which spoke about turtles’ role in maintaining the health of the oceans. The documentary also explained the various activities undertaken by the Foundation — from turtle patrol walks on the beaches, to collecting eggs, releasing the turtle hatchlings, and educating the community on its conservation programmes.

Geeta Padmanabhan, a freelance journalist, discussed the importance of bio-diversity, protection of environment, and various habitats. The writer shared her experiences on her recent trip to Mudaliar Kuppam, Peria Kuppam and Chinna Kuppam, all fishing hamlets on East Coast Road and Pulicat Lake.

Dr. Supraja Dharini, chairperson, Tree Foundation, spoke on ‘How we can explain biodiversity to our children in a simple language?’

Various environment-related activities and discussion were conducted as part of the conference. The session ended with a request to all participants to spread the message of conservation and creating awareness among their students.

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