Evening walkers on the shores of the Marina on Monday had a message to take back home. Information Technology students of Meenakshi Sundararajan Engineering College sensitised them to the harmful effects of global warming and climate change.

The walkathon was organised as part of Asthra ’10, a two-day national-level symposium on environmental awareness being organised by the college from Monday. It seeks to create awareness among students on conserving ecology. Nearly 100 students participated in the rally on the beach carrying placards with messages such as ‘Today’s action, tomorrow’s climate’ and ‘Save environment. Save biodiversity.’

Film director Meera Karthikeyan, who presided over the event, said there was an urgent need to act immediately. “We need to get together to promote eco-friendly products and consciously become frugal in our energy spending,” he said. The rally began at Light House and ended at Vivekananda House. Indian Institute of Planning Management director Arivazhagan flagged off the rally.

A series of seminars on various issues, including possible environment friendly measures that could be taken up by students and ways to control pollution, were held as part of Asthra ’10. The second day will have awareness talks by environmentalists on the growing need to cut down carbon emission and control global warming. Indian Youth Climate Network, Exnora and Moser Baer Entertainment co-organised the event.

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