TAMIL NADU

Environment campaign targets school students

New vistas: Students being briefed about alternative energy sources at the launch of the “mobile environment campaign” in Pallavaram on Monday.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: K. Manikandan

Special Correspondent

Postcards to be distributed

TAMBARAM: A month-long initiative to educate students of government schools of Kancheepuram district on important issues such as alternative energy sources, environment protection and climate change got under way on Monday.

Local bodies, the Kancheepuram district administration, State government agencies and a non-governmental organisation have come together for this initiative.

The month-long “mobile environment campaign” to increase awareness among the students was launched at the Cantonment Board High School in Pallavaram.

The campaign is being organised by NGO Hand-in-Hand in association with Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) with the support and participation of Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency, Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board, Tamil Slum Clearance Board, urban and rural local bodies and the Kancheepuram district administration.

Two specially designed vehicles – one belonging to TEDA and the other of TNPCB – would be an integral part of the campaign that was launched in the school by Navrathan, councillor of St. Thomas Mount cum Pallavaram Cantonment Board.

N. Amuthasekaran, project director, environment, HIH, told reporters that the objective of the campaign was to focus on environmental degradation and the community’s responsibility to tackle the same.

A novel aspect of the campaign would be distribution of postcards carrying messages on source segregation and avoiding plastics to students, who could send them to their relatives and friends, Mr. Amuthasekaran said. The specially designed vehicles with exhibits on various topics would take the message of energy conservation and protection to students.

T.Shiva and K.S.Sudhakar, project leader and coordinator respectively, said the NGO also planned to identify teachers and students from different schools and people from different local bodies to take an active part in the campaign, train them on critical issues and make them members of Environment Rights Protection Committee with the idea of increasing “ownership among people” to protect natural resources.

M. Nainan, school headmaster, spoke on the occasion. They said the campaign proposed to cover more than 30,000 students in nearly two dozen locations of Kancheepuram district.