TAMIL NADU

An earthful of messages, programmes

Sharing warmth: U.S. Consul General Andrew Simkin (right) looks on as his wife Elizabeth Simkin interacts with students of Spastics Society of Tamil Nadu in Chennai on Wednesday. —

Sharing warmth: U.S. Consul General Andrew Simkin (right) looks on as his wife Elizabeth Simkin interacts with students of Spastics Society of Tamil Nadu in Chennai on Wednesday. —   | Photo Credit: Photo: R. Shivaji Rao

Staff Reporter

The need for sensitising children to the importance of conserving nature stressed



“Mindless exploitation of natural resources would only make the energy crisis severe and children must learn the importance of nurturing nature”



CHENNAI: Planting of saplings, cleaning campaigns and meetings were organised across the city as part of the World Earth Day celebrations on Wednesday.

The need for sensitising children to the importance of conserving the nature was highlighted at the programme organised by the Spastics Society of Tamil Nadu.

Speaking at the event, U.S. Consul General Andrew T. Simkin said Earth Day was a precursor to environmental initiatives across the world.

He reminded people of the responsibilities they have as occupants of this planet.

Mindless exploitation of natural resources would only make the energy crisis severe and children must grow up learning the importance of protecting and nurturing nature, he said.

Certificates distributed

He distributed certificates for academic performance to students of the school run by the society.

Some of the students also presented their craft creations to the chief guest. He planted saplings in the premises. Director Madhumathi Achuthan participated.

Welcomenviron Action Group of Sheraton Park Hotel and Towers distributed saplings of neem, pongamarai gulmohar, tebubia and sleeping willow to the morning walkers on Boat Club Road.

General Manager of Sheraton Park Virender Razdan participated in a programme. ‘Herbivorium,’ a herbal aromatic garden at the hotel, was inaugurated on the occasion.

As a part of ‘Spirit to preserve’ initiative of the Marriott group, Courtyard by Marriott organised an environmental awareness campaign at the Marina beach.

Chennai Corporation Health Officer P. Kuganatham inaugurated it. Over 30 employees of the hotel spruced up the beach.

As part of its month-long activity, the group would organise quizzes, exhibitions and environmental awareness competitions to sensitise the public.

A total of 50 students from Marriott Home also planted 20 saplings on their school campus in Kancheepuram district.

Painting competitions

As part of the celebrations, the Department of Livestock Production and Management of Madras Veterinary College organised painting competitions for school students.

According to a release, global warming, effects of deforestation, water and noise pollution, water conservation and rainwater harvesting were themes of the competitions. Students of Standard VI to XII from various schools participated.

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