Awareness program, contests mark World Environment Day

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Activities ranging from a digital awareness program to observing the ‘Vehicle Free Day’ marked the World Environment Day observation here on Saturday.

Indian Navy Training Institution INS Agrani, Coimbatore, organized poster-making, painting competition, slogans and essays for children on this year’s theme “ecosystem restoration”.

Massive collection of non-biodegradable waste such as plastics was carried out inside the establishment. A campaign to plant saplings has been undertaken in various parts of the facility and INS Agrani has pledged to plant 100 palm trees before this year’s monsoon, according to a statement. Preparatory activities for the planting campaign were carried out within the framework of World Environment Day.

In addition, a “vehicle free day” was observed on campus and all staff were encouraged to voluntarily minimize electricity consumption in their residence from 8 am to 11 am on Friday and Saturday. A scheduled power cut was also made from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on both days, the statement said. The ENVIS Center on Forest Genetic Resources and Tree Improvement at the Institute of Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding (IFGTB), Coimbatore, observed World Environment Day digitally through a Facebook Live program.

IFGTB Director C. Kunhikannan inaugurated the program and stressed that ecological restoration aims to recreate, initiate or accelerate the recovery of an ecosystem that has been disturbed. Disturbances were environmental changes that alter the structure and function of the ecosystem. Common disturbances included logging, dams on rivers, heavy grazing, hurricanes, flooding and fires, he said.

He also highlighted the preparation of detailed project reports for the rejuvenation of 13 major rivers in India by the Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education.

A painting competition on the theme of the environment was organized for people from different backgrounds.

Prizes were presented to the winners and E certificates to all participants. An awareness poster highlighting the theme of the current year was also distributed on the occasion and was transmitted digitally to students and all other stakeholders.

Kannan CS Warrier, Senior Principal Scientist and ENVIS Coordinator, S. Vigneswaran, Senior Program Officer, and John Prasanth Jacob, Chief Scientist attended.


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