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Students for Clean Forests

Students for Clean Forests

An inspiring initiative
by
One Earth Foundation

Raliah Water Reservoir (a file photo)

The breathtaking Raliah Reservoir near Coonoor, Tamil Nadu (A file Photo)

One Earth Foundation organized an ecological study tour for 35 students from a leading international school in Bangalore.  The students got a rare opportunity to visit several ecologically sensitive areas in the Nilgiri mountains and were amazed at the breathtaking beauty of these hills.  Several of the students raised concern over the garbage menace that was visible everywhere.  Upon learning that One Earth Foundation was actively engaging local and visiting students to clean up sensitive areas of the plastic garbage, they too wanted to participate in this initiative.  To our utter disbelief, 34 students accompanied by 2 senior and very enthusiastic teachers cleared over 400 Kgs of plastic and glass garbage from the Raliah reservoir area.  It seemed that for years the banks of the Raliah had not been cleaned and more alarmingly, the Forest Dept. and civic authorities had turned a blind eye towards the ever increasing number of “trash” tourists.  The Raliah reservoir is the main source of drinking water for Coonoor and is presently without water as it is being dredged.  The hills surrounding Raliah have Eucalyptus and Acacia plantation forests and seems, are regularly used by tourists for picnics.

Plastic garbage on the banks of Raliah

Students for Clean Forests: An initiative by One Earth Foundation

Students for Clean Forests: An initiative by One Earth Foundation

400+ Kgs of plastic & glass garbage collected by our students.

400+ Kgs of plastic & glass garbage collected by our students.

We thank the visiting students for their efforts and urge all residents of Nilgiris to join us in our efforts to clean the beautiful Blue Mountains of its garbage menace.

For further information on our efforts and initiatives, please contact

Raminder Chowdhary
+91-9008000338

 

 

 

 

 

1 Comment to “Students for Clean Forests”

  1. A real great initiative. I salute all those who are involved in the program.

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