Newsletter - February 2022

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February 2022, Vol.6;  No.12

Dear Friends,

World Sparrow Day is a day designated to raise awareness of the house sparrow and then other common birds to urban environments, and of threats to their populations, observed on 20 March. It is an international initiative by the Nature Forever Society of India in collaboration with the Eco-Sys Action Foundation (France) and numerous other national and international organisations across the world.

The idea was to earmark a day for the house sparrow to convey the message of conservation of the house sparrow and other common birds and also mark a day of celebration to appreciate the beauty of the common biodiversity which is taken so much for granted.

Incidentally, our project office in the Green Rameswaram building is having plenty of such sparrows chirping all the time of the day. We at Green Rameswaram project are working for conserving the bio-diversity of Rameswaram Island.

This month’s newsletter has the following highlights:
  • Dr.Sanjay Banerji in his blog writes on – Aviation Sector with reference to SDG
  • Solid waste management work by - Hand in Hand Inclusive Development Services, Chennai
  • Dr.A.Abirami, Programme Officer of the C.P.R. Environmental Educational Center writes about the herbal plant –  Sirukurunja (Madhunashini)
  • In Social capital - Teertha Poojas, Deepa Pooja, Anna Pooja, regular yoga classes etc. 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
Ph: 04573 - 222296(office)
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Aviation Sector

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

Dear Friends,

This month and next, we shall talk on Shipping, Aviation and Paris Agreement. Emissions from shipping and aviation could not be assigned to a particular country, and therefore, these were left out, though not completely, of the Paris Agreement. I got interested in this topic through a news item in the UNFCCC website, based upon some discussions that took place as a side event in COP 23. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) are the two global UN specialized agencies that were called upon by UNFCCC, COP1 onward and Kyoto Protocol to devise ways and means to mitigate their emissions. Beginning 2009, both these organizations have submitted their reports to UNFCCC [1].

Solid Waste Management

Hand in Hand Inclusive Development and Services, Chennai

Door-to-Door Collection and Garbage Segregation:

Everyday door-to-door waste collection and waste segregation along with street cleaning were carried out uninterruptedly.

Source Segregation Demo Programme

Nine Source Segregation demonstration programme organized on 4th, 7th, 10th, 13th,17th, 22nd, 23rd, 24th and 26th of February at Vilayattu Mariyamman Kovil Street (Ward No -2), Marvar Street (Ward No -20), Pon Nagar (Ward No – 12), Thittakudi Street (Ward No – 18),New Street (Ward No – 1),Vitti Pillai Street (Ward No – 20), Sallimalai Street (Ward No – 15), Mela Street (Ward No – 16), North Street (Ward No – 20).

Herbal Garden (Muligai Vanam)

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

Distribution and Habitat

Gymnema sylvestre (Retz.) a large, stout, woody climbing shrub belonging to the family Apocynaceae. The plant is found in tropical and sub-tropical regions, well distributed in parts of central and southern India and in the southern part of China, tropical Africa, Malaysia, and Sri Lanka. The leaves are elliptic and opposite, 2.5 – 6 cm long, flowers are small and yellow in colour; calyx long, ovate and obtuse. Stem is aerial, hard, twinning and branched. The taste of the leaf is slightly bitter and astringent. It also possesses remarkable property of paralyzing the sense of the taste for sweet substance for few hours while chewing the leaves. Hence it is commonly called as sugar destroyer.

Social Capital

Green Rameswaram Trust

1. Teertha poojas

2. Deepa Pooja at Nambu Nayaki Temple

3. Regular Yoga Classes

Yoga classes have been held regularly at Green Rameswaram premises. 15 gents and 16 ladies participated in the morning and evening classes.

4. CGWB Officials Visit to Green Rameswaram Building

Senior scientist from Central ground water board Dr.S.K. Jain, New Delhi, Dr.Mohan Rao and Dr.Subramaniam, Chennai visited Green Rameswaram office on 13 February 2022. They saw the presentation of Green Rameswaram project and had a discussion with Shri.Hegdeji about yoga and how it helps to cure the back pain. Afterwards they visited Dhanushkodi, JataTeertham and Arichalmunai.

Green Rameswaram newsletter (Tamil)

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