Valparai has a population of nearly 100 elephants which have to live among tea plantations. Unfortunately every year people get accidentally killed by these elephants. Scientists from the Nature Conservation Foundation developed a unique way of saving people from elephants encounters. They used the power of the mobile phone
Topic – Sadhana Forest
Sadhana Forest started its ecological revival and sustainable living work in 2013. The vision of its founders, Yorit and Aviram Rozin, is to transform 70 acres of severely eroded, arid land on the outskirts of Auroville. In a spirit of human unity, their aim is to introduce a growing number of people to sustainable living, food security through ecological transformation, wasteland reclamation, and veganism. Our energy and resources are focused on the creation of a vibrant, indigenous Tropical Dry Evergreen Forest (TDEF).
Sadhana Forest won the third place in the Humanitarian Water and Food Award(WAF) 2010. The ceremony took place in the Marble Hall of the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, on November 25th, 2010. Shri Ashok Kumar Attri the Ambassador of India to Denmark honored Sadhana Forest by attending the ceremony.
This award is an international recognition of the quality of the ecological and humanitarian work done by Sadhana Forest in India and Haiti.
We created the Chennai Wildlife Rescue page on Facebook in an attempt to receive some public attention and possibly save more animals, which has worked out great so far. On an average, we attend 20 rescue calls every week. We have had a good couple of years, and hope to continue working and growing with the same zeal.
Shravan Krishnan, a B. Com. graduate from Loyola College, has been actively involved with wildlife conservation from a very young age. He has been working with sea turtles for the past 10 years with SSTCN Chennai. He has rescued more than 200 snakes and several other animals including monkeys, deer and birds with the help of the Forest Department. He is the founder of Hotel for Dogs, Chennai’s biggest dog boarding facility. Apart from all this, he also plays cricket professionally and has represented Tamil Nadu and the South zone in tournaments.
Arun has also been with Students Sea Turtle Conservation Network for the past 18 years and since the time he joined, his focus has been in reaching out to the public to involve the larger community in safeguarding the interests of the turtles. Towards this he holds discussions with various groups of people both on the walks and in schools, colleges etc
The topic will be on connecting back people to nature and exploring alternate means of livelihoods and other alternate methods towards this end . It will also focus on the various projects and people who are attempting to connect back to nature and to provide a perspective on the current state of the environment in a broader sense .
Synopsis: Temples have been a constant in every Indian’s life. They are all around us in every part of the country. People visit them for various purposes – religious, social, art and architecture.
They also are a constant reminder of our past and have historic significance. In this talk, the speaker will trace through the history of how the various types of South Indian temples came into being, through the centuries. You will see pictures of temples and pre-historic sites that you can visit on your next trek outing and be able to identify the various symbolisms and significance of these silent monuments.
Graduated in 1984 from Anna University as a Mechanical Engineer, Manick Rajendran continued to complete his MBA from IIMB two years later. After a stint with a voluntary agency serving in the villages of Tamil Nadu, he took a franchise opportunity with NIIT. That was the start of his entrepreneurial pursuits. In the early nineties, he moved to the US and through exposure to a variety of industries ranging from Finance to Healthcare, has had two successful exits. He has served as the Co-Chairman of the Admin and Finance Domain Committee of the Healthcare IT Standards Panel, as well as the Co-Chairman of the Interoperability Tiger Team set up to advice the Obama Administration on Meaningful Use stimulus guidelines.
In the past 3 years, he has served as the Director of the Velammal Medical College Hospital and Research Institute and continues as an advisor. His focus continues to be on the improvement of people, quality and customer service. He is a Lean Six Sigma Green belt in Healthcare. Currently as Founder and CEO of iMMi Life, a company out of Chennai, he provides heart attack advisory in an emergency for the common person, with a view to stemming the loss of life due to heart attack. This methodology will reduce treatment time and bring about healthy clinical outcomes. An avid hiker, amateur astronomer, archer and bicyclist, he continues to trek not only the hilly regions of South India, but as you will see, to interesting historical sites.
Arjun – Indiahikes and Trekking in India
Wanting to solve problems of the trekking world gave birth to Indiahikes. Today Indiahikes is one of the largest trekking organisations in India.
In his talk Arjun will take us through the journey of Indiahikes, how it started, how problem solving of the mountains helped grow Indiahikes. He will also talk about the future of Indian trekking.
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