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Adoption of the SDGs 

By Dr.Sanjay Banerji
Founder Director/Dean of Amrita School of Business

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Dear Friends,

A special Sustainable Development summit of the United Nations was held between 25 – 27th September 2015, coinciding with the seventieth anniversary of the UN at New York. All 193 member states of the UN agreed to adopt the 17 ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to be implemented over the next 15 years from 2016 through 2030. Its title is: “Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.” Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand and Administrator of the UNDP said, “Ours is the last generation which can head off the worst effects of climate change and the first generation with the wealth and knowledge to eradicate poverty. For this, fearless leadership from us all is needed.”

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TirthaYatra, Pilgrimage to Holy Places

By C.Rangarajan, Chennai

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Numerous Tirthas and holy shrines have been in existence, since time immemorial:

  1. In the Matsyapurana, it was declared by Vayu-deva that there are 35 million of Tirthas in the sky, in the atmosphere and on the earth. They are all centered around Mother Ganga.
  2. As per Vamanapurana, there are 35 million of Lingas
  3. As per Brahmapurana, more than 100 years are required to enumerate the number of Tirthas, since they are in the realm of countless
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Solid Waste Management

By Hand in Hand, Chennai
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Youth Awareness programme:

One youth awareness programme was  conucted in the Municipality at MK Nagar – Ward no: 13 on 18th December 2019. 10 youths from the area were senstized on the importance of MSWM, segregation of waste at source and environmental conservation.

 

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Herbal Garden (Muligai Vanam)
Periwinkle
By C.P.R.Environmental Education Center, Chennai

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Distribution and Habitat

Catharanthus roseus is native to Madagascar, where it is now endangered due to habitat destruction. It has been cultivated as an ornamental plant throughout tropical and subtropical regions and thus it has become naturalized in many regions in Asia, Africa, America, southern Europe and Oceania. Perennial herb, woody at base, up to 1 m tall and usually with white latex and an unpleasant smell. Stem: Herbaceous erect, cylindrical, solid, branched, and green. Leaves: opposite decussate, simple, ovate. Flower: Pinkish white and white. Sepals 5, green. Petals 5, gamopetalous, salver-shaped, rotate, pink with long corolla tube, throat of the corolla tube hairy forming a corona, twisted.
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Landscaping and Beautification

By Green Rameswaram Trust

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Palm Seeds plantation:

Palmyrah (Borassus flabellifer) is the state tree of Tamil Nadu. Palmyrah trees had been an integral part of Tamil life. With changes in cultural and social milieu, they lost their importance. In realty and industrial agriculture, they were considered worthless and axed, resulting in significant loss in tree count.

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Revival and Renovation of Traditional
Water Bodies (Teerthas) - Vali Teertham

By Vivekananda Kendra - Nardep

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Location: On the way to Gandha-madhana-parvatham from Main Sri Ramanathasamy temple approximately 2.5 Km

Structure:

As per literature it is a pond like structure but now it is in the form of well.

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Promoting Eco Tourism - Pamban Road Bridge

By Shri.Sridhar
Green Rameswaram Trust

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This month, we are covering Pamban Road bridge. Its history and other details in pictures.
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Social Capital

Shri.Karthikeyan Nagarajan
Green Rameswaram Trust

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Enhancing Community Engagement for Resilience through YouTube, a Social Media Tool

Community engagement:

Green Rameswaram Trust’s approach for development primarily emphasises on community ownership and management. The Trust has integrated the action of building social capital as the key strategy for promoting a balanced ecosystem. Social capital implies that there are aspects of social structure and organization that act as resources for individuals, allowing them to realize their personal aims and interests.

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