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Apr 20, 2009

Summer camp by Siruthuli

Siruthuli, a people’s initiative here to conserve water resources, is conducting a free summer camp for school students in the city from April 20 to 25. The camp, with the theme “Teach them young”, is to educate the students on environmental issues.

A press release from the organisation said that over 150 children from 18 schools would be participating in the camp. They would assemble at the V.O.C. Park at 8 a.m. every day and would be briefed on the day’s assignment. The students would be taken to a location where they get to see both the problems and solutions relating to environmental issues.

Activities

On the first day, they would visit Siruthuli’s tree park. They would participate in several activities such as mixing of soil, seed segregations, mother bed preparation, transplanting of saplings and learn about the benefits of native tree species.

On April 21, they would visit the Gass Forest Museum to know of the history of trees. The students would interact with the Conservator of Forests, learn about seed collection and the role of trees in maintaining ecological balance.

Compost yard

The release said “Wealth from Waste” was the theme of the assignment on April 22. The students would visit the compost yard at Vellalore.They would get a first-hand knowledge of the waste generated across the city, ways to reduce waste generation and how wealth could be generated out of garbage.The importance of segregation of waste at source would also be taught to them.

On April 23, the students would hand over paper bags in a door-to-door exercise along with Resident Awareness Association of Coimbatore.

Noyyal

Collecting water samples from River Noyyal to assess contamination levels and a visit to the Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History to know of natural habitats of birds and importance of forests were the assignments slated for the next two days.

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