Chennai: Valluvar Kottam in Nungambakkam turned into a sea of school uniforms as students from as many as 100 city schools came together to gather some tips on environmental protection on Friday.
The students were part of the ‘Cool the Globe’ campaign by voluntary organisation Exnora International. Local Administration Minister M.K. Stalin inaugurated the programme and released a compact disc on how individual action could help the earth.
“Students have a big role to play in conserving natural resources,” Mr. Stalin said. He launched a website www.homeexnora.org, and called for collective action by the Government, voluntary organisations and the public to control pollution.
Mayor M. Subramanian said that global warming should be taken as a warning of major environmental changes, such as rise in sea level and altered weather patterns. Increasing tree cover was one way to combat global warming. “Plant a tree on your birthday every year and take care of it,” he said. Exnora International founder M.B. Nirmal told students that they could participate in source segregation of garbage at home and school, use carpools or public transport to commute to school, and save water and electricity. Students organised an exhibition of models on the conservation of natural resources.