`Go beyond the glamour of malls'
ERODE: If not you, who, asked P. Durairasu, Conservator of Forests, Erode, to the students of Vellalar Matriculation Higher Secondary School, at the Wildlife Week Celebrations held recently.
He told the students that their role in wildlife conservation was important because they were inheritors of forest wealth but also capable of spreading the conservation message to many, including their family members.
"You, students have got the message about wildlife protection. Now, go talk to your friends, relatives and parents about it. Highlight to them the importance of protecting wildlife and conserving forests." By doing so they could bring about a difference to the society's attitude towards forest and wildlife, he felt. He added that it had to be done immediately. He narrated an incident from Mauritius to point out how the excess killing of a bird species by the people led to the extinction of a dependent plant variety.
In Erode district, forest cover was only 27 per cent against the desirable 33 per cent, he said.
District Collector D. Karthikeyan felt the message of conservation should reach as many people as possible. He then suggested the students to make a trip into forest in the district to appreciate forest life and diversity.
"Go to Thalavady, Bargur and other forest areas. There you will get to know more about forest life. There is life out there, beyond the glamour of shopping malls. Enjoy the excitement of spotting a wildlife."