Nuclear Power

This has been a hot topic in Tamilnadu a couple of months ago and people have not yet come to terms with it. There are people who say that nuclear power is safe since compared to all of the other forms of generating power that put significant electricity on the grid. There are others who argue that we have to learn from the Fukushima accident. What do you think about it?

Do you think that cars should be banned from the city centres? Why?

Cars will be banned from London and all other cities across Europe under an European Union Masterplan to cut CO2 emissions by 60 per cent over the next 40 years. Siim Kallas, the EU transport commission said, “Curbing mobility is not an option, neither is business as usual. We can break the transport system's dependence on oil without sacrificing its efficiency and compromising mobility. It can be win-win”. What is your opinion?

In what ways can we save more water? Tell your experience.

We are living in an environment of increasing scarcity. Extreme climate change and a global scarcity of vital resources could prove to be an explosive combination. People started asking, “Will water supplies provoke World War III?” We are blessed with sufficient rains this year in Tamilnadu. Can you suggest tangible ways to save more water?


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இயற்கை வாழ்வியல் பயிற்சி முகாம்

வானகம் - நிரந்தர வேளாண் பண்ணையில் (சுவரில்லா கல்வி) 3 நாள் இயற்கை வாழ்வியல் பயிற்சி முகாம் நாள்: அக்டோபர் 15.10.13 செவ்வாய் காலை 9 மணி முதல் 17.10.13 வியாழன் மாலை 5 மணி வரை இடம்: வானகம், கடவூர், சுருமான்பட்டி, கரூர் மாவட்டம் முன்பதிவு செய்ய: 94880 55546, 94435 75431 பயிற்சி நன்கொடை: ரூ.1200/- மட்டும். தங்குமிடம் உணவு வழங்கப்படும். பயிற்சியில்: 1. இயற்கை வேளாண்மையின் அவசியமும், மரம் வளர்ப்பு பயிற்சியும், 2. நிரந்தர வேளாண்மையை எப்படி செலவில்லாமல் செய்வது பற்றியும், 3. பஞ்சகாவியா, மீன்அமிலம், பூச்சுவிரட்டி தயாரிப்பு பற்றியும், 4. மருந்தில்லா மருத்துவம் பற்றியும், 5. சிறு தானியங்களின் அவசியம் பற்றியும், 6. வீட்டுத்தோட்டம், மாடித் தோட்டம் பற்றியும், 7. சுற்றுசுழல் பராமரிப்பும், அதன் தேவையும், 8. சுய சார்பு வாழ்வியல் கல்வியும், 9. தின்னைப் பேச்சு பயிற்சியும் அளிக்கப்படுகிறது. இவை அனைத்தும் நேரடி களப் பயிற்சிகளே. உங்களுக்குள் இருக்கும் உணர்வுகளை (உயிர் கருவை) உயிர்பிக்க காத்துக் கொண்டிருக்கிறார் இயற்கை வாழ்வியல் நிபுணர் "கோ. நம்மாழ்வார்". இன்னும் விதை தேவை, விதைகளை சேகரிப்போம். நேர்த்தியான விதையாய் மாறுவோம். அடுத்த பயிற்சிக்கும் சற்றும் சிந்திக்காமல் தயாராகுங்கள். வாழ்க இயற்கை! வாழ்க இயற்கை வேளாண்மை!! வானகம் வருவதற்கு வழி: திருச்சி (அல்லது) கரூர் (அல்லது திண்டுக்கல் ஆகிய ஊர்களிலிருந்து சுமார் 50 முதல் 60 கி.மீ தொலைவில் கடவூர் அருகில் உள்ளது. )

Mavadikulam Restoration Project

Lend a helping hand in reviving Mavadi Kulam Every summer and during the months that follow, residents of the city lament over severe water shortage. But for Vinothraj Seshan from Tiruvannamalai whose new job brought him to Tiruchi eight months ago, the scarcity of drinking water in a land watered by the Cauvery, not only surprised but also spurred him to do something. Inspired by the efforts of people in Coimbatore and Salem, who revived the Periyakulam and the Mookaneri lakes, Mr. Seshan is keen on increasing the groundwater level in the district by reviving some water bodies. Appeal He has solicited various associations and agencies to revive Mavadi Kulam, a lesser-known lake, outside Ponmalaipatti. “Mavadi Kulam is a lake spread over 143 acres. It is clogged with weeds and water hyacinths that prevent the water from seeping underground,” says Mr. Seshan, a member of Naam Namadhu Bhoomi, a Chennai-based environmental organisation. “We often complain about lack of water and depleting water table, but we often fail to find a remedy for them.” “Through this initiative, we hope to motivate residents to revive water bodies in their neighbourhoods,” he said. The clean-up campaign will kick off on Sunday at 7 a.m. Those who wish join in the effort to rejuvenate the lake can assemble near the Sacred Hearts School, Ponmalaiapatti, or call 9500189319 (Mr. Seshan). The initiative would continue every Sunday at the same time, he said. The initiative being launched this Sunday will be a weekly affair

NATURE is the greatest teacher! Happy Teachers’ Day!!

Observe the Mother Earth carefully with its gigantic and tiny creatures that teaches us the great lessons of life. A good teacher not only imparts knowledge through his/her teaching, but by his/her eternal values. Nature teaches us through values of Adaptable architecture, Bounteous Diversity, and Collaborative Equality. Adaptable Architecture: Adaptability can best be understood as ‘to change with the change’. It can even be said to as the basic objective of life on earth. It is not the strongest of the species which survive but the one which adapts best according to the changes. If it was only the strongest of the species that survived, we would have only ferocious animals left on the earth by this time. You and I would not be there to discuss this matter at all. A plant that bends itself to receive sunlight and the ability of chameleon to change its skin colouration are the truest examples of adaptive architecture of Mother Earth. Bounteous Diversity: The meaning of bounty is ‘full of goodness’. Nature does not possess mere goodness but a goodness that compels itself to give generously. And again that generous giving is diverse in nature. Diversity is the nature of Mother Earth. There are about 16 lakh known species on earth and still more thousands to be discovered. This kind of bounteous biological diversity helps maintain the ecological balance and natural evolutionary process. For example, food, water, air, wood, oil, minerals, and everything is from the bounteous nature. Collaborative Equality: The nature displays all her wealth irrespective of who we are and what we are. Whether it is sunshine or rain, the nature does not discriminate on caste, , gender, religion, prosperity, etc. It treats all of us equally. Equality is the inherent nature of Mother Earth. This equality is qualified with collaboration. It is the equality that collaborates with each other to sustain the living on earth. For example, fertile soil enables the growth of oats (producer); Oats feed mice (primary consumer); Mice feed cats (secondary consumer); Cats die and support bacteria (decomposer); Bacteria return nutrients to the soil. There is an eternity of lessons to be learned by observing nature in all of its glory and knowledge. If we become merged with it, we would find ourselves in an elevated state of consciousness which is the highest teaching one can learn on earth. May I exhort every teacher on earth to return to the nature and inculcate the same value in their students. Happy Teachers’ Day!
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