Newsletter - August 2020

Read Coverting Letter

Dear Friends,

Our friend from Pune Shri.Santosh Shintre has written a very useful handbook on “Ecological and Environmental Reporting in India” in the year 2013. He writes in his preface……..

“In a country like India with 82,222 newspapers, 312 radio channels, 626 television channels and 700 upcoming FM channels, space and time allotted in the media for coverage of Nature and Environmental issues is less than 1.5%. It is even lesser in the regional media. This results in public apathy, ignorance and inertness about these burning issues, becoming all the more worrisome when the media are the average Indian’s only source for information about environmental issues. Over 80% of the common people in India learn about Nature and Environment related issues only through the print or audio-visual media. Unfortunately, the media in India are as yet not sufficiently empowered to evoke a positive change by prioritizing and communicating issues effectively and imparting to them the much required merit”.

We the workers of Green Rameswaram project totally agree with the views expressed by the author, as even after working for seven years for the project – “Green Rameswaram”, we have not made any significant headway because of the apathy of the public in general and the locals in particular towards environmental issues. However, we are committed to carry out our mission of making ‘Green Resilient Rameswaram’ with a hope that the local stakeholders will join hands in the coming days.

This month’s newsletter has the following highlights:
  • Dr. Sanjay Banerji in his blog writes about Sustainable Development Goal – 8 (Decent work and economic growth)
  • Shri.Paranthamam and Premkumar, REACH Foundation writes on Archaeology of Rameswaram in Tamil
  • Solid waste management work by Hand in Hand Inclusive Development Services, Chennai.
  • Dr.A.Abirami, Programme Officer of C.P.R. Environmental Educational Center writes about the herbal plant – Pappan poondu (Diamond flower)
  • Revival and Renovation of Traditional water bodies – Bhima Teertham and
  • Regular events for building Social capital such as cleaning of Traditional water bodies with the help of partners, webinars and Sis.Saraswathi receiving best social worker award on Independence day from the district Collector, Ramanathapuram etc.

With best wishes,

Editorial Team
Green Rameswaram Project
Mahabeer Dharmasala
Rameswaram - 623526
Ph: 04573 - 222296(office)
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Sustainable Development Goal-8

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

Dear Friends,

This month we shall discuss the eighth Sustainable Development Goal: Decent work and economic growth.

In this blog, we shall try to explain:

  1. What it is and why is this relevant
  2. What are its indicators and targets
  3. Where do we stand in India
  4. What can we do to support the goal

இராமேஸ்வர வழிபாடுகள்

வே.பரந்தாமன் மற்றும்அ.பிரேம்குமார்
ரீச் பவுண்டேஷன், சென்னை
தமிழகத்தில் கோயில் திருவிழாக்கள் வருடத்திற்கு ஒருமுறை, மாதம், வாரம், நாள் தோறும் என்று பலவகையான விழாக்கள் நடைபெறுகின்றன. சங்க கால தமிழர்களின் வழிபாடுகளும் வழிபடும் தெய்வங்களைப் பற்றியும் மிகத்தெளிவாக குறிப்பிடப்பட்டுள்ளது. தொல்காப்பியம் காலந்தொட்டு சங்க இலக்கியங்களில் வேதம், யாகம், இறைவழிபாடு, தெய்வம், கடவுள், வெறியாடல், கந்தழி, இறைவன், அயர்தல்-வழிபடுதல், ஆதிரையான்-சிவபெருமான், மாயோந்திருமால் என்றும் கூறப்பட்டுள்ளது.

Solid Waste Management

Hand in Hand, Chennai

Flag-hoisting Ceremony

On the occasion of 74th Independence Day Celebration, SPA Girls Higher Secondary School and MPU Middle School, Karaiyur invited the MSWM team as Chief Guest and gave the honor of hoisting our national flag. The team got appreciations for the MSWM work and was felicitated during the event.

Herbal Garden (Muligai Vanam)
Pappan poondu/ Parppatakam

By Dr.A.Abirami
C.P.R. Environmental Education Center, Chennai

Distribution and Habitat

Oldenlandia corymbosa Linn, belongs to the family of Rubiaceae. It is widely distributed in the tropical and temperate parts of both the hemispheres. It is also found in the Himalayas at an altitude up to 2000 meters. Oldenlandia genus has about 240 different species worldwide. O. Corymbosa is an annual herbaceous medicinal weed, found during monsoon in fields, waste places, and lawns.

Revival and Renovation of Water Bodies
Bhima Teertham

Vivekananda Kendra – Nardep


It is located on the way to Gandhamadhana parvatham and approximately 2 KM from Sri Ramanathasamy Temple


It is in the form of a Pond.

Social Capital

Green Rameswaram Trust

Agni Teertham Deepa Pooja

Two of our Teertha Mitras Shri.Naganathan and Shri.Ganesan are spear heading this initiative and the poojas are happening on every full moon day, on August 3, 2020 Deepa Aarathi was organised at Agni Teertham. Around 40 Local volunteers participated in the pooja.

Ramar Teertham Cleaning

On August 3, 2020 along with Hand in Hand India team, Green Rameswaram have organized a mass cleaning of Ramar Teertham. Around 7 Volunteers participated in the event. We could clear the debris fallen in the steps of the Ramar Teertham and one tree has fallen aside in the steps that has been cleared.