The Trust for Environment Education (TREE) foundation in association with TREE Roots and Shoots organised ‘Eco revolution 2011', a leadership summit in Chennai recently. The meeting sought to identify and nurture young leaders who can lead the way for eco-conscious citizens. Inaugurating the summit, A. Balanathan, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, said that many of the city's natural resources such as Pallikaranai marshland have come under threat.

“It is important for youngsters to introspect and take initiatives to make it a better place,” he said.

In response to the interest shown by the Foundation's volunteers, Mr. Balanathan agreed to explore the possibilities of initiating ‘Friends of the Forest' in Tamil Nadu, a scheme through which youngsters can play an active role in monitoring forest resources and offering suggestions.

Supraja Dharini, Founder TREE Foundation, called the summit a platform for sharing passions, views on critical issues and ideas for community development, and proving that every individual has the ability to change the world.

“How to put across a powerful message that grabs the public's attention?” was the focus of Message Box, a session conducted by Shannon McDonnell, honorary coordinator, TREE Roots and Shoots.

The summit had other interesting sessions such as Leaders Talk where students scripted and presented plays carrying social messages.

More than 110 students from nine city colleges participated in the event. In the session Track Your World, by Srinivasa Raju, assistant professor, Institute of Remote Sensing, students were briefed on techniques such as the GPS and GIS tools and their application for conservation, wildlife monitoring and community development.

Staff Reporter