The Hindu

Efforts on to make Vellingiri Hills Plastics Free

01 March, 2003

COIMBATORE, FEB. 28. In an effort aimed at making the sacred Vellingiri hills free of plastics, the Vanashree Eco Foundation of the Isha Yoga Centre has launched a scheme for providing cloth bags to the devotees, who are on a pilgrimage to the shrine atop the hill.


The founder of Isha Yoga Centre, Sathguru Jaggi Vasudev, on Thursday launched the scheme by handing over a bag to the Conservator of Forests, Coimbatore Circle, T. Sekar.


A large number of devotees are expected to throng the Vellingiri temple from March 1 (Shivrathri day). The Isha Yoga Centre has impressed upon commercial establishments and corporate houses to sponsor the cloth bag so that plastic bags can be completely eliminated at the foothills itself.


Jaggi Vasudev pointed out that UNESCO had cautioned of a natural calamity in 2025, when acute water scarcity was expected to cause drought and famine.


To prevent such a calamity, it was essential that every one contributed for protecting the environment by conserving nature and ecology besides changing the cropping pattern.


"Every one of us should think on where the drinking water comes from, so that we will start using it judiciously." He also called upon every individual to have a commitment for protecting the ecology.

He also called upon every educational institution to provide the children exposure and education on nature and ecology and said that the Vanashree Eco Foundation would be ready to extend any assistance in this direction.


The Conservator of Forests, T. Sekar, said that efforts for conserving ecology couldn't be successful as long as it remained an effort of individuals or that of specific groups and everyone should contribute towards this endeavour.


He also recalled the attempts by the department and the Isha Yoga Centre to remove the plastics litter from the Vellingiri hills a couple of months back. Instead of setting right things after damaging the ecology, a preventive and pro-active exercise like this would be ideal.


The Forest Department would be too willing to join hands with such like-minded organisations in an attempt to reach as many people as possible in carrying forward the message of conservation.


The Mayor, T. Malaravan, assured the help of the civic body in carrying forward the message of conservation to the citizens in all possible ways. It would be the urban population to be the first and worst affected in the event of any ecological degradation, he added.

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