Newsletter - February 2019
Human Rights and Sustainable Development
Founder Director/Dean of Amrita School of Business
In this blog we shall discuss with you the links between Human Rights and Sustainable Development(SD). In a very simple terms, access to basic human rights like food, shelter, education, energy, healthcare, voice etc. for the entire mankind on Mother Earth (Captured by the term ‘Equity’) is an essential prerequisite for continued economic development (Economy), while retaining the essential balance of our natural environment (Ecology). Thus the principal theme of SD is to retain the balance between equity, ecology and economy.
Solid Waste Management
By Hand in Hand, Chennai
Regular MSWM and Behavioral Change Communication (BCC)activities were conducted during the month:
Thai Ammavasai festival, an annual congregation in Rameswaram was celebrated with reverence on 4th February. Around 3,00,000 pilgrims visited the holy town andthe temple during the festival. The MSWM team handled 15 tons of waste generated surrounding the temple and the beach during the festival.
Nava Graha Vanam
Rahu – Dhup Grass
Tamil Name: Arugampillu
Sanskrit Name: Niladurva
English Name: Bermuda Grass
Slender,stoloniferous creeping perennials. Leaves 1-10 x 0.1-0.5 cm, linear-lanceolate, acuminate, glaucous; sheaths keeled; ligules fimbriate, membranous. Inflorescence of terminal, digitate 3-4 spikes; spikes 1-sided, oblong to 5 cm long. Spike-lets sessile, 2-3 mm long, oblong-lanceolate, laterally compressed, 1-flowered. Lower glume 1.5-2 x 0.5 mm, lanceolate, chartaceous, 1-nerved. Upper glume c. 2 x 0.5 mm, lanceolate, chartaceous, 1-nerved.Lemma 2-3 x 1.5-2 mm, boat-shaped, ovate-oblong when spread, keeled.Palea 2-2.5 x 0.5-1 mm, boat-shaped or oblong when spread, chartaceous. Stamens 3; anthers 1-1.5 mm long.Ovary c. 0.5 mm long, oblong; stigmas 0.5-1 mm long, pink.Caryopsis c. 1 mm, linear. (https://Indiabiodiversity.org/).
C.P.R. Environmental Education Centre