'Nurture Nature'

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Centre for Social Initiative and Management organized a one-day seminar titled ‘Nurture Nature’ on the 26th of February, 2010 at German Hall, T Nagar, Chennai. The main objective of the seminar was to address the most serious challenge the world faces today: the intensifying conflict between the indispensable goals of environmental protection and economic development. Around 400 college students and 250 NGO personnel participated in this interactive seminar.

Mr. J.S. Shekar, Trustee, Need Trust, in his welcome address requested the participants to realize the need for protecting the environment and maintaining a balance in using degradable and non degradable products.

The Chief Guest Thiru R Christudas Gandhi, IAS, Chairman and Managing Director, Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency spoke about the need for alternate sources of energy for sustainable development. He gave examples of renewable sources of energy like solar power, wind power, bio-gas from human waste etc. "We need to consider waste as wealth. With just 2.5 kgs of waste we can produce our own bio fuel sufficient for a family of four" said Mr Gandhi.

Eminent environmentalist and organic scientist, Dr G. Nammalwar gave excellent tips on how to promote local economy by growing your own vegetable gardens organically. He requested the students and women present in the gathering to form a network and campaign for sustainable environmental practices.

Prof. Mohammed Ismail in his inspiring speech on bio diversity emphasized the responsibility held by each student in developing an environmental friendly attitude He further urged them to understand environmental realities and protest the various anti-environmental developments and campaigns that were being promoted.

Mr Rajasekar and Ms. Anne Josephine spoke about Solid Waste Management and Pollution control methods respectively.

The seminar provided a platform to voice environmental concerns as well as understand and resolve environmental issues at individual and organizational level.

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