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A walk for Fair Trade

Pushpanath Krishnamurthy, activist, who has embarked on a 450-km walk from Puducherry to Udhagamandalam, arrived in Attur town, Salem, on Monday.

Pushpanath Krishnamurthy, activist, who has embarked on a 450-km walk from Puducherry to Udhagamandalam, arrived in Attur town, Salem, on Monday.  

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Activist Pushpanath Krishnamurthy reaches Attur

Activist Pushpanath Krishnamurthy, who has embarked on a 450-km walking expedition from Puducherry to Udhagamandalam to create awareness on ‘Fair Trade and Climate Justice’, arrived in Attur town near here on Monday evening.

The walking expedition was flagged off at Puducherry on Friday. Mr. Krishnamurthy, who is walking all alone braving the inclement weather prevailing across the State, has so far covered 120 kilometres.

The members of the Attur Jaycees led by Arun Kumar, and the Attur Chamber of Commerce led by its president L.R.C. Ravi Sankar, M.P. Siva, Manager, Attur branch of the Repco Bank, and representatives of various other organisations received him near the Attur Fort this evening.

Mr. Krishnamurthy said that his walk, timed to coincide with the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP21 in Paris, has evoked international response. A large number of people participated in a similar walk in Indonesia a few days ago.

The single man crusader said that climate change had badly hit the vulnerable section of the society – the poor and downtrodden. Farmers are the worst hit and the suicide committed by cotton farmers is the best example to prove this.

Mr. Krishnamurthy narrates the success story of ‘Fair Trade’ in Puducherry and Auroville – the twin cities, to farmers, students, volunteers of like-minded organisations and other individuals. Fair Trade is the need of the hour for ensuring a better world, he said.

Positive response

“People not only show eagerness in understanding the crux of the problem, but are also responding very positively. This is a big success of the walkathon,” Mr. Krishnamurthy said.

He covered a distance of about 30 km on Friday. He will be proceeding to Rasipuram on Tuesday, from where he will be heading towards Namakkal, Avinashi, Mettupalayam to reach Udhagamandalam on December 10.

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