Monthly Archives: October 2010

South Asian Jesuits meets in XLRI on Ecology

XLRI Jamshedpur, 27 Oct: Over a hundred Jesuit-delegates from all the 20 Provinces of South Asian Jesuit Assistancy met inside their premier Management Institute, XLRI for three days to discuss the core issues of Ecology and Migration.

The attempt was to see the connection among Displacement and Ecology. Somebody put it this way, “Ecological degradation paves way for displacement and migration which in turn makes the poor more vulnerable and poorer.”

Eucharistic celebrations which are usually held indoors, were held outdoors. The idea was to make them carbon neutral. Two of the Eucharistic celebrations co-ordinated by Madurai and Patna provinces were organized outdoors with a twin purpose; going back to nature and reducing the use of the polluting electricity! A scientific calculation showed that the air-conditioned chapel with all the lights would consume nearly 6 KV of power in an hour i.e equal to burning 300 kilograms of coal or cutting down eight grown up trees!

One of those celebrations was centred around the issues of biodiversity. Frs. Tony Penda SJ and K. C Philip SJ coordinated the presentation of the Web of Life with the help of volunteers who took the roles of animals and plants that make up the web. They tied a string from one person to the another who was depended on him for survival. Slowly a well-knit web was produced.

On the second part of the presentation, animals like tigers were removed leaving the web lax and broken. Slowly as dependent plants and animals disappeared and there was no web left on the earth!

The Coordinator of Tarumitra, Fr. Robert Athickal S.J delivered a presentation titled, “The Paradigm of the mosquito: a way of entering into the Web of life.”

More Festivity with Less Electricity: Tarumitra students plead for Puja time

More Festivity with Less Electricity: Colors and lights on Divali alpana

Patna. 9 Oct: Hundreds of Tarumitra students hailing from Patna schools took out a rally in Digha area asking people not to waste electricity during the Puja festivals. ”One unit of electricity produces one kilo of carbon dioxide” shouted the students at the march. They carried placards with the message, Puja Zyada Bijali Kum “More festivity with less electricity!”

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Arunava Dutta Participated in the Japanese Conference on Bio-diversity

Arunava presents on Biodiversity at the International Youth Conference Japan

The International youth conference on Biodiversity was held in Aichi, Nagoya from 23 Aug to 27 Aug 2010 and was hosted by ministry of Environment, Japan.

Arunava Dutta from Tarumitra was one of the two delegates from India at the conference. Hailing from Dhanbad, Arunava did his studies from De Nobili School, St. Xavier’s Ranchi (BSc) and Banaras Hindu University (MSc). This is the second time he has been selected to attend the conferences in Japan.

Arunava presented a PowerPoint on the Conservation practices done at Tarumitra Bio-reserve, Patna along with other practices set into motion by the students across the country.

One hundred youth delegates from all over the world participated actively in the conference which included thirty participants from Japan and seventy participants from other nations.

Arunava was very impressed by the experience of sharing life with a Japanese family in Nagoya. This was part of the experience offered to the delegates by the conference.

Apart from making the youth statement, the conference had several other events like sharing the best practices by selected participants, making of world biodiversity map, adopting youth action plan and excursion to Satoyama landscape of Japan.

Ten participants were selected to present their “Best Practice” in front of all other participants and discuss the details. Youth activists from varied fields discussed on issues like sea turtle conservation, forest restoration, bat monitoring program, ex-situ conservation of plants etc.
The biodiversity world map aimed at documenting the diverse problems across the globe and constructing a map to represent the entire scenario. It helped us to broaden our perspective on various issues and think about possible solution to avert the worst consequences.

The entire event was well organized due to the coordinated effort of the young volunteers of Japan Youth Ecology League and the Ministry of environment, Japan.