Green Rameswaram - An Initiative by VK Nardep to Make Rameswaram Clean and Green

Release of Synopsis Green Resilient Rameswaram Action Plan

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Hon.Prime Minister - Shri.Narendra Modi

Rameswaram town speaks a lot about Eastern philosophical tradition which offers a new approach to development concept. At the physical level, it guides us to live in tune with Nature; so that the essential continuity of both life and Nature is assured. And at metaphysical level, it raises human beings to the divine status. Do not consider developmental model as an economic model based on quantity but as one which calls for a qualitative change at the levels of the individual, family, society and environment. At present we are pursuing the western paradigm, i.e. fast track economic growth based on ecological deficit financing. In this system, precious resources like air, water and soil fertility have been priced as free goods and pollution has been written off as an externality. The need of the hour is to link environment with economics by evolving a new accounting system where along with cash accounting, energy accounting, environment accounting, conservation accounting and social accounting also will be factored in. Ethical results also contribute to the economic results, i.e. instead of Gross National Product – GNP, our scale of measurement should be QOL (Quality Of Life) in a broader perspective at individual, social and environmental level. Building on this perspective, through visioning exercise with stakeholders, Green Resilient Rameswaram Vision was evolved with the concrete goals under each vertical. 

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Disposal of scraped PV Modules –  A Challenge

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Dr.Ramaratnam Basil Energetics, Chennai

One article that caught my attention recently led me to share with you some important aspects of adopting environmentally friendly technologies, particularly in the energy sector. One is an observation by Mr Lu Fang, Secretary General, Photovoltaic Division, China Renewable Energy Society. Fang’s article is about deploying solar panels in a massive way in field. The key takeaway from the article is that one should be careful in adopting an idea in a holistic manner and not as a knee jerk action to the environmental problems that arise out of our present energy practices. While it is certainly true that such green technology should be adopted for the benefit of the society and mother earth, it should also be kept in mind to avoid certain side effects in deploying such new technologies. This is much like the modern medicine where a lot of study, research, testing and evaluation of a new drug before it is widely deployed in the field.
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Solid Waste Management

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Hand in Hand, India, Chennai

 

Door to Door Campaign – Avoid Plastic

Awareness programme on “Avoid Plastic carry bags” at Market Street on 1.07.2017 wherein 76 shops were covered. 

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Nakshatra Vanam

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C.P.R. Environmental Education Center, Chennai

Deciduous trees, to 20 m high, bark dark-grey or black, deeply cracked longitudinally; thorns straight, to 2.5 cm, axillary. Leaves imparipinnate, alternate, 1-3 in a cluster, estipulate; rachis 6080 mm long, stout, glabrous, often narrowly winged; leaflets 4-7, opposite, sessile, estipellate; lamina 1.3-3.8 × 1.3 cm, obovate, base cuneate or acute, apex obtuse, margin entire, glabrous, pellucid-punctate, coriaceous; lateral nerves pinnate, obscure, intercostae obscure. Flowers polygamous, dull red, 1.3 cm across, in axillary cymes; calyx small, flat, 5-toothed, pubescent with out, deciduous; petals 5, free, spreading; stamens 10-12, inserted round the disc; filaments dilated below, villous on face and margins; anthers linear-oblong; disc thick, annular, pubescent; pistillode short; ovary superior, oblong, 5-6-celled, at length 1-celled, ovules many; stigma oblong, fusiform. Fruit a berry, 5-7.6 cm across, globose, whitish-brown, rind hard and woody; seeds many( India Biodiversity Portal).
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Revival and Renovation of Water Bodies

Bhima Teertham

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Vivekananda Kendra – Nardep

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This month, we are giving the photo gallery of the “Bhima Teertham” which we renovated in the year 2014. The Teertham is located near Arjuna Teertham and on the main road leading to Ramar Padam. This Teertham was also not knowing to the local public as it was in a very dilapidated condition and was fully covered with Odai (Juliflora) trees and thus not noticed even by the regular pilgrims visiting the Ramar Padam. It is just like Arjuna Teertham.
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Social Capital

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Vivekananda Kendra - Nardep

1. Yoga

Yoga Classes starts around 5.30 AM in the morning around 30 participants including Children attend the classes. Yoga is not physical exercise but is a way of life and so useful in solving everyday’s problems in life is also taught.
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2. Yoga class for Coast Guards on a weekly basis

After participating in Yoga International Day Celebration at Mandapam, we have been requested to take regular weekly classes for Coastal Guards at Rameswaram camp. Every Saturday, around 150 Cadets participate in the Class.