Eco Club of PSG CAS is happy to celebrate World Wetlands Day on February 1 ( Friday) at Sathyam Hall, PSG CAS from 10 am - 12 noon. Since Feb.2 is a holiday for the campus ( Official World Wetlands Day), we are making it a day earlier.
Environmental Activist from Salem - Mr.Piyush Manush is the Chief Guest for the event. He is known for his Speak Out Salem initiative and Cleaning the Mookaneri Lake in Salem with Public support. He was even imprisoned when he fought an almost lonely battle against mighty MNC mining corporates in his area. He will share his experiences with the Stundent community at PSG CAS.
All persons who are interested in Nature, Wildlife and Wetland Conservation are invited for this two hours event. Entry is Free. The event is conducted at Sathyam Hall (First floor in the main block).
Again I welcome you all for the event.
World Wetlands Day Celebration Schedule
09.25: Welcome Address: M.Deepika, Secretary, Eco Club
09.30: Photo presentation on ‘WETLAND BIRDS’ by Harish V [ I BSc Vis Comm]
09.45: Screening of the Documentary ‘Heavy Fish’ produced by Save Coimbatore Wetlands Coordinator Mohanraj.K
10.00: Releasing of United Nations World Wetlands Day Poster - Year of Water Cooperation by Mr.Nandagopalan.N.C, Secretary, PSG CAS
10.05: Presidential address: Mr.Nandagopalan.N.C, Secretary, PSG CAS.
10.15: Introduction of the Chief Guest by C.R.Jayaprakash, (Staff Coordinator, Eco Club)
10.20: Lecture on the importance to Conserve the Wetlands by Mr. Piyush Manush, Wetlands Conservationist, Salem.
11.00: Discussion/Interaction with Mr.Piyush.
11.15: Vote of thanks by Hari Prakash.K ( I MSc -SS).
Report on the event by Jaanu.S and Roshni
World Wetlands Day event conducted by Eco Club, PSG CAS on February 1, 2013
”Profit can be made even by sustaining with nature”, was Piyush Manush’s dominant opinion during his hour-long address at the Eco Club, PSG CAS’s celebration of the World Wetlands Day, on the first of February. It was a rapid fire session, with no beating about the bush attached to it.
The event started sharply at 9.15 am with a note of welcome by Deepika.M, the Secretary of the club, and a showcase of wetland birds by Harish.V, wildlife photography enthusiast and first year Visual Communication student. It was immediately succeeded by the screening of ‘Heavy Fish’, a documentary on the decaying wetlands of Coimbatore made by Save Coimbatore Wetlands Coordinator K.Mohanraj.
After a brief address on the importance of wetlands by college secretary Mr N.C. Nandagopalan, club coordinator Prof. Jayaprakash introduced the man of the moment, Piyush Manush, farmer/ activist and green entrepreneur. Simply clad in a loose white shirt and baggy trousers, the young man’s appearance completely deluded one from realising the firebrand that he is.
But then, Mr Piyush took the dais to deliver one of the most powerful speeches that any of the assembled students would have ever heard in their lifetimes. Speaking on the wetlands of Tamilnadu and the destruction caused to them by strip mining and industrial efflux, he delved deep into the quagmire of corruption and governmental indifference surrounding the issue. His account of corporate greed and the proof he presented of such mindless plundering in the wetlands touched many a raw nerve among those gathered.
Animatedly emphasising on how profit can be made even through creating nature by means of biogas production and the like, he made several points worthy of debate.
Mr Piyush then took several questions from the charged-up students, who all pledged to contribute their parts to the conservation of wetlands. As Nikitha, a second year economics student observed, ”Our tears won’t fill up the empty lakes in future.” On that sombre but moving note, the event came to an end. Piyush Manush was, by now, everyone’s hero.