Newsletter - August 2021

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August 2021, Vol.6;  No.6

Dear Friends,

David Attenborough’s latest nature documentary on Netflix may be his greatest yet. Apparently stung by criticism about the false impressions his documentaries have provided on the state of our natural world, Attenborough has produced a witness statement outlining the changes to the environment over his 94-year existence and solutions to the biodiversity crisis he has lived through. At last, Attenborough clearly illustrates the devastating impact humanity has had on our planet. Do not miss this informative trailer https://youtu.be/64R2MYUt394

It is time, we start “Thinking Globally and Act Locally” and as David Attenborough says – We need to learn how to work with nature rather than against it. We at Rameswaram trying to practice it in our own small way while creating Green Resilient Rameswaram.

This month’s newsletter has the following highlights:
  • Dr.Sanjay Banerji in his blog wants to “Build Planetary Stewards” to save the planet.
  • Shri.Rangarajan, Chennai covers Azhwar Songs on Ram-Sethu
  • Regular 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 – Kodikalli
  • Livelihood Opportunities - covers Pasumai group’s activities and Green transport
  • Revival and Renovation of Parameswara Teertham
  • In Social capital Teertham cleaning, Independence’s day celebrations, regular webinars and finally 'Green Rameswaram newsletter’ by the students and for the students of Rameswaram

With best wishes,

Editorial Team
Green Rameswaram Project
Mahabeer Dharmasala
Rameswaram - 623526
Tamilnadu.
Ph: 04573 - 222296(office)
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Web:  www.greenrameswaram.org
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Budding Planetary Stewards

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

This month, we recap some of the salient points discussed earlier, and urge everybody, and especially the youth to actively participate in the sustainable development movement. Let us try to become ‘Budding Planetary Stewards’.

I draw my inspirations from Professors Jeffrey Sachs and Johan Rockstrom and his colleagues, the two MOOC courses they delivered and as a part of these courses, the facts and figures, especially the IPAT equation. I believe that ‘Affluence’ and ‘Consumption’ are the two root causes behind the current situation facing our Mother Earth, endangering the entire life on earth.

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Azhwar Songs on Ram-Sethu

By
C.Rangarajan, Chennai
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Om Namo Narayana!

The Nalayira Divya Prabandham composed by the 12 Alvars, the patron saints of Vishishta-dvaita/ Ramanuja Sampradaya. There are numerous references to Rama-sethu/Rama’s bridge in their songs. Here are some gems:

மாலுங்கடலார மலைக்குவடிட் அணைகட்டி வரம்புருவமதிசேர்
கோலமதிளாய விலங்கைகெடப்படை தொட்டொருகாலமரிலதிர,
காலமிதுவென்றயன் வாளியினால் கதிர்நீண் முடிபத்துமறுத்தமரும்,
நீலமுகில் வண்ணனெமக்கிறைவற்கிடம் மாமலையாவது நீர்மலையே.
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Solid Waste Management

By
Hand in Hand Inclusive Development and Services, Chennai
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Door-to-Door Collection and Garbage Segregation

Irrespective of the pandemic scenario, the green friends continued to serve the community and ensured cleanliness of Municipality. Door-to-Door waste collection and segregation along with street cleaning was carried out uninterruptedly.
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Herbal Garden (Muligai Vanam)
Kodikalli

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

Euphorbia tirucalli (L.) also known as Pencil tree belongs to the family Euphorbiaceae. It is native to Ethiopia to South Africa and India. The plant is broadly distributed in hotter parts of India and is planted as a hedge plant in gardens and along cultivated fields. E. tirucalli is a shrub or small tree with pencil-thick, green, smooth, fleshy branches that reaches to a height of up to 7 m. It has a cylindrical and fleshy stem with fragile fleshy twigs that are 7 mm thick, often produced in whorls, longitudinally, finely stripped. The oval leaves are 1-2.5 cm long and about 3-4 mm wide; they usually fall off early. It contains milky, toxic and corrosive latex. The flowers are yellow and seen at the tip of the branches.
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“Livelihood Opportunities”

By
Green Rameswaram Trust
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This month, we added 23 new groups. Thus, now we have a total 104 groups.

Regular group meetings were held to discuss the following:

  • Awareness Generation about Covid
  • Awareness Generation about Vaccination
  • Distribution of  Kapasura Kudineer in our group area
  • Distribution of 250 Masks to group members
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“Revival and Renovation of Traditional
Water Bodies”
Parameswara Teertham

By
Vivekananda Kendra – Nardep
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Land Ownership

Green Rameswaram has got the approval to do this renovation works from the District Administration however still the land ownership is a critical issue here. We could sense that many portion of this Teertham land has been encroached.

Land does not belong to HR & CE

We could manage to find out that the land does not belong to HR&CE since they are not having any records related to this Teertham.

Land does not belong to Panchayat

It is located in Mandapam Panchayat union but the land ownership does not rest with the Mandapam Panchayat Union.
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Social Capital

By
Green Rameswaram Trust
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Teertham Cleaning

Jata Teertham was cleaned on August 22, 2021.  It’s a whole hearted work by the E- Rickshaw auto drivers’ team of 11 volunteers.
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