Participants create awareness on global warming, preservation
Udhagamandalam: Responding to a call given by a global movement to observe October 24 as International Day of Climate Action, a rally was organised here under the aegis of Island Trust, a non-governmental organisation.
It was flagged off at the Central Bus Stand by K. Soundarapandian, District Forest Officer, Nilgiris North.
While the focus was on familiarising the people with the figure “350” which denotes that the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere should be reduced to 350 parts per million, the participants including hundreds of school and college students, members of self-help groups and tribals carried placards which bore messages relating to global warming.
At a function which followed, Tamil Nadu Environment Council Convener L. Anthony Samy listed the consequences of climate change. He added that if the trend was not reversed even places like Tamil Nadu would have to contend with water problems.
R.K. Bharathi, Project Director, Hill Area Development Programme (HADP) and M.L. Alphonse Raj, Executive Secretary, Island Trust also spoke. The District Coordinator of Tamil Nadu Women’s Collective Saral welcomed the gathering.
Cultural programmes on climate change marked the occasion.
Highlighting the saying “think globally and act locally” a campaign to enhance awareness about “350” was conducted at Kotagiri on Saturday.
Among those who participated were students of Green Valley Higher Secondary School, Viswa Matriculation School and Government Elementary School, Milidhane.
Green activist and the coordinator of the campaign Arun Bhojan said that it would be stepped up steadily so that all sections of the society could be involved to save the environment of ecologically sensitive places like the Nilgiris.
Green Corps District Coordinator J. Lakshminarayanan said that the people of the Nilgiris should play a bigger role as they were part of a biodiversity hotspot. Raju of Longwood Shola Watch Dog Committee underscored the role of teachers and students in safeguarding the environment.
A photo exhibition formed part of the occasion.