Newsletter - January 2020

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Dear Friends,

The United Nations has warned world leaders must cut greenhouse gas emissions by a staggering 7.6 per cent every year for the next decade to meet the most ambitious goal of the Paris climate deal, or suffer the impacts of greater global warming.

In a report on Tuesday, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) laid out the enormous scale of the challenge to meet the target of holding temperature rises to 1.5°C by the end of the century, following a decade when emissions have on average grown by 1.5 per cent a year.

“We haven’t succeeded in bending the global emissions curve,” says Anne Olhoff at the Technical University of Denmark, one of the report’s lead authors.
We the workers of Green Rameswaram project believes in the dictum “Think Globally and Act Locally”. In our own small way like a Rama’s squirrel, we are trying to address the sustainable development goals at Rameswaram.

This month’s newsletter has the following highlights:

  • Dr. Sanjay Banerji in his blog writes about Sustainable Development Goal - 1
  • Shri.C.Rangarajan writes on Tirtha Yatra - Pilgrimage to Holy Places.
  • Regular awareness programmes by Hand in Hand Inclusive Development Services, Chennai.
  • Shir.Venkatachalam, Project Officer of C.P.R. Environmental Educational Center writes about the herbal plant – Malabar catmint (Peimiradi)
  • Plantation of trees as a part of ‘Landscaping and beautification’ by GR team
  • Revival and Renovation of Traditional Water bodies – photo gallery of Vali Teertham
  • Regular events of Social capital and finally a power point presentation on Eco-tourism by Shri.Sridhar.

With best wishes,

Editorial Team
Green Rameswaram Project
Mahabeer Dharmasala
Rameswaram - 623526
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Sustainable Development Goal – 1
(End to Poverty)

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


Dear Friends,

Hope the first month of the New Year and the Pongal festivities have nourished you into new vigour to take on life as it unfolds under the dark clouds of yet another war near home. However, keeping ourselves on track with the Sustainable Development Goals, we are going to undertake every goal, one every month and answer the following:

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

Tirtha Yatra - Pilgrimage to Holy Places

By C.Rangarajan, Chennai


Continuing the importance of Svadharma/Svakarma Vis-à-vis Tirthayatra

  1. A person who has to undergo an expiation (for a sin) or who is a widower or who is a vana-prasthi may resort to pilgrimages
  2. One may go to holy places with his Vedic fires or with his spouse; They become free from all sins and secures the best goal
  3. One who wants to go pilgrimage should pay off their three debts, should provide maintenance for their wards and should consign his wife to their care
Following were prescribed by the ancient writers on Dharmasastra; No money was to be demanded by ferryman or by a toll officer to:

Solid Waste Management

By Hand in Hand, Chennai


Thai Ammavasai festival:

Thai Ammavasai festival, an annual congregation in Rameswaram was celebrated with reverence at Rameswaram on 24th January 2020. Around 100,000 pilgrims visited the holy town and the temple during the festival. The MSWM team handled 20 tons of waste generated surrounding the temple and the beach during the festival by engaging 100 Green Friends.



Herbal Garden (Muligai Vanam)

Anisomeles malabarica

R. Vengatachalam
Project Officer
C.P.R. Environmental Education Centre

Description and Habitat

Habitat: It is found from Indo-Malaysia to Australia particularly in countries with tropical and subtropical climates. Distribution: In India it is distributed in Assam, Bihar, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu. Habit:  Perennial, semi-shrubby herb. Stem: about 2 m high, much branched from base, sub quadrangular, thickened, densely lanate. Leaf: Simple, leaf Arrangement is Opposite-decussate; Shape is Oblanceolate, 3.6-16 x 1.3-7 cm, Serrate margin, long petioles 0.7-3.5 cm. Flower: Flowering throughout the year. In terminal and axillary spikes, purple colour 34.5 cm long. Fruit: A small nutlet, found throughout the year.

Landscaping and Beautification

By Green Rameswaram Trust


Tree plantation:

1)    Taluk Office staff members took part in the plantation of the trees on January 11, 2020 in their own campus. Around 10 new saplings were planted in the campus with the support of Green Rameswaram.

2)    On 9th January 2020 Dhanalakshmi Bank marking their 96th year planted 96 trees in Rameswaram. We took part in an event where 16 species were planted and Tree Guards were arranged by Green Rameswaram. Planting took place at Kondalar Madam in Rameswaram and the math people have committed to maintain the plants.


Revival and Renovation of Traditional Water Bodies (Teerthas)
Vali Teertham – Photo Gallery

By Green Rameswaram Trust


Promoting Eco Tourism – Dhanushkodi Railway Station

By Shri. Sridhar
Green Rameswaram Trust

This month, we are covering Dhanushkodi Railway Station. Its history and other details in pictures.

Social Capital

By Green Rameswaram Trust


Teertha Poojas

Regular Teertha Poojas were conducted at Agni Teertham and Kapi Teertham on January 10, 2020.

Rangoli Competition on Environment

On 17 January 2020 a Rangoli Competition was organized with the concept of Environment by Green Rameswaram with the media support of Dinamalar. Programme was organized in the Ramco Marriage hall inside Sri Ramanathasamy Temple. 32 Participants took part in the event. 3 winners were announced as 1st prize, 5 as second prize, 3 as third prize and the balance participants were given consolation prizes. Shri. Magesh, DSP, Rameswaram took part in the event and gave the prizes to the participants.