Saturday, May 19, 2012
National Biodiversity Authority
The National Biodiversity Authority (NBA) was established in 2003 to implement India’s Biological Diversity Act (2002). The NBA is a Statutory, Autonomous Body and it performs facilitative, regulatory and advisory functions for the Government of India on issues of conservation, sustainable use of biological resources and fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising out of the use of biological resources.
Centre for Environment Education
Centre for Environment Education (CEE), is a Centre of Excellence, for Environmental Education and is supported by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), Government of India. CEE is affiliated to the Nehru Foundation for Development. The primary objective of the Centre is to improve public awareness and understanding of the environment with a view to promoting the conservation and sustainable use of nature and natural resources, leading to a better environment and a better quality of life. To this end, CEE develops innovative programmes and educational material, and builds capacity in the field of education for sustainable development (ESD).
International Day for Biological Diversity
You may be aware that the United Nations has proclaimed May 22 as the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB), to commemorate the adoption of the text of the Convention of Biological Diversity. Marine Biodiversity is the theme for this year's International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB). The Designation of IDB 2012 on the theme of marine ecosystems provides everyone interested in marine life, the opportunity to raise awareness of the issue and induce practical action.
Attempting to create a Guinness World Records™
As a part of the National Celebrations of the International Day for Biological Diversity, NBA is organising a series of programmes for youth and general public. CEE Tamil Nadu, the Tamil Nadu State Office of the Centre for Environment Education (CEE) in collaboration with the National Biodiversity Authority (NBA) is attempting to create a Guinness World Records™ for the largest handprint painting in an area of approximately 6000 m² in an event organised, at the Marina Beach, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India on 22nd May 2012.
The initiative is to garner public support and commitment for the conservation of Biodiversity. A special pledge has been developed for the citizens to express their solidarity for the efforts to conserve biodiversity. As a testimony to the commitment, we encourage every citizen to stand up for the cause for the Conservation of Biodiversity by reading the pledge and placing their handprints on one of the world’s largest canvass being developed in Chennai.
Some parts of the canvass would be taken around to different places of the city and one canvass would specially be placed at the following sites:
- Near the Light House, in Marina Beach, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
- Near the Marina Swimming Pool, Marina Beach, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
- Elliot's Beach, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
- Thiruvanmiyur Beach Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Come join the effort in conserving the World Biodiversity and be a part of the Guinness Book of World Records and experience life turning bright, and provide everlasting joy for the future!
- Come lets commit to conservation and get the beautiful earth back!
- Invite and mobilize all your friends to give a hand to conservation of biodiversity!
- Date: 22.05.2012
- Time: 04:30 to 20:30 Hrs
Needless to say, Life is bright, when the efforts are right! :~)
Looking forward to seeing you all make a visible (:~)) commitment to conserving biodiversity!
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Kevin Richardson, animal ranger in Lanseria, South Africa.
HE sleeps with lions, wrestles with cheetahs and hugs hyenas - meet the "Lion Whisperer". Thirty-two-year-old Kevin Richardson spends his days - and nights - curled up with massive cats as part of his job at The Lion Park, at Lanseria, outside Johannesburg.
The South African lion whisperer has a natural affinity with some of the most dangerous animals on the planet, many of whom he names and raises by hand from birth.
"I don't use sticks, whips or chains - just patience,'' he says. "It may be dangerous, but this is a passion for me, not a job.
"I have to rely on my instincts to gauge an animal or a situation, and I will not approach a creature if something doesn't feel right.''
Mr Richardson began working with big cats - and particularly lions and hyenas - 10 years ago after quitting his career in physiology, where he worked with patients who had undergone surgery.
He wants to educate people about the big cats in a bid to save these beautiful animals.
Part of his approach is to bond intimately with the animals and they learn to treat him as a member of their pride.
"They see me as a creature they have adopted. I have also been an adopted parent in a lot of instances,'' Mr Richardson recently told South African television show Carte Blanche.
"I am someone they relate to. I enrich their lives. When I come here it's fun: we take all these animals out into the big, open spaces. If these animals are going to be kept in a captive situation, don't they deserve to have the best care, the best entertainment, the best lives?''
Mr Richardson's job is inherently dangerous. The lions at Lanseria often weigh more than 220kg and the hyenas, which are notoriously unpredictable, have the ability to bite through thick steel.
And all the big cats are fiercely protective of their young - but Mr Richardson has few fears.
"With all the animals I'm near the top (in dominance terms). You have got to be near the top. The moment they see you as a lower-order figure, they will challenge you,'' he said.
Friday, September 04, 2009
Would a factory of King Herod be similar to this or would it be more merciful. We could run a debate on this!
I really pity these poor animals, and for once am extremely proud to be a vegetarian…!
For everyone who has not had any interactions with chicken, besides chewing them from their plate, this is a must watch video! Heart breaking! The scenes that show them de-beaking and grounding the gentle chicks, is outright disgusting!
One can understand the need to separate males and females, but acting like they are not even a live breathing animal with feelings is absolutely deplorable :~( It's like Hitler’s holocaust of sorts for the chickens...
This is the very essence of an unsustainable culture.
God, how horrible! Tweety, NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! are how, one would feel like screaming! Hang your head in shame if after having seen these horrific images, and you still continue to eat animals and their products!
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Just a short note to wish you all a Happy Independence Day and you get time to share the weekend finds you with good friends, family, and in good spirits, even if you're not celebrating anything or are celebrating something else.
I wanted to add my share of appreciation for many of you out there, who have helped me stay sane and smiling after the accident, that happened 15 years before on this very day, and my life took a complete turn. Over the last 12 years,
I am glad to inform you all with great pleasure that I have seen some success, some failures in this competition to survive… I guess, I’ve emerged a winner thanks to many of you. The first few names that come to my mind are: Bhaskar Bhai Dave a good Samaritan, who took it upon himself and rushed me to the hospital at Ahmedabad. Srinivasan and Kumar my brothers who encouraged me to survive and pulled me up from whatever state I was in. My wife Sangeetha and Son Suraj have turned me positive and look up to more life ahead.
My doctors, Dr. Ramesh Viradia, the Ortho and Dr. Yashwant Doshi who extended a helping hand more than just as a doctor….
A million and more thanks are due to several of my Friends. My special gratitude to Sunil, Meena, Shanmugam, The Khannas, Manimozhi and her kids Suganthi and Revathi, Greena, Thomas & Fen (TG), Ambika, Hema and Kirtida who went way beyond to put a smile back on my face and lent their shoulders to cry, weep and wail… Meena and Mamata thanks for having faith in me through the most insane period of my life. These days I am able to put the training I’ve had from you and have become able to put into practice in line with my responsibilities. Without your guidance, I would not have made it. Thank you again
Many a young children (who are in their prime youth these days) Suzianna, Sanjana, Chaithri, Saakshi, Fen, Revathi, Suganthi, Vikram… the endless list, whose cheerful smile and high spirit smiles and greetings have cheered me all along. Now my son, Suraj has taken that responsibility all upon him and does it with amicable ease.
I cannot also forget to remember the cheerful lunching moments in office with Gopal, Sarala, Ambika, Hema, Kalyani, Takorayan, Minaxi, Priya, Manisha Bhana, Radha, Kamlesh, who cheered me many times through the Pain-O-Therapy days...
Then finally, I would like to thank my Physiotherapists Padmashri whose high spirit of hardwork helped me ease out of those harder days of “bucling-legs”with ease.
Thank you all once again!