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Rural pupils in Pudukottai list ways to check global warming

Good effort: Students who won in various competitions in Pudukottai.

Good effort: Students who won in various competitions in Pudukottai.  

Staff Reporter

PUDUKOTTAI: Rural pupils in parts of the district had a rare opportunity to put forth their ideas for checking the global warming and other issues plaguing the environment through several competitions at their schools.

The competitions, sponsored jointly by the Organisation for Women Emancipation and Eradication of Poverty (OWEEP) and the Peace Trust, Dindigul, formed part of the ‘national environmental awareness camp’ and included several interesting topics such as the impact of green cover on the ground water table; checking sea-erosion through a holistic approach and conservation of environment.

Painting competitions and essay-writing competitions were held at the Government Higher Secondary Schools in Keeramangalam, Vallithirakottai and Tirumangalam.

“We want to sensitise rural students to the evil influences of felling of trees and exploitation of natural resources,” says the Managing Director of OWEEP Padmini Mohan.

Pamphlets were distributed to the students explaining the importance of planting of saplings; economic measures for a reduced use of petroleum products; application of nature-friendly methods in agriculture and conservation of energy. A discussion on ‘Climatic change’ was held in which students interacted with teachers, nature-lovers, tree-growers and environmentalists.

The Forest Range Officer, Thangaraj and the Headmaster of Government Girls’ Higher Secondary School, Keeramangalm, C. Duraimanickam were among those who spoke on the importance of planting of saplings. They also distributed prizes to winners in various competitions.

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