WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY 2021

ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION The theme of this year’s World Environment Day is Ecosystem Restoration. World Environment Day 2021 will see the launch of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. This means that there are ‘TEN MORE YEARS TO RESTORE THE PLANET,’ and the best time to start is ‘NOW!’ Ecosystems support all life on Earth. The …

A Sedgeland in Bloom

I WANDER by the edgeOf this desolate lakeWhere wind cries in the sedge: Thus starts the opening stanza of William Butler Yeats’s poem, “He Hears the Cry Of The Sedge.” Though the lines carry a melancholic note, sedgelands have a wild and wayward beauty, particularly when in bloom.  Now why would the poet use the …

Restoring the Coonoor River, Phase-II

It should be recalled that the middle stream of the Coonoor River, had earlier been cleared of debris by Clean Coonoor, and fenced up through the efforts of ISPRAVA Homes. In keeping with Clean Coonoor’s commitment of cleaning the Coonoor River, operations to clean the Upper Stream will commence on World Rivers Day which falls …

When Words Fail, Pictures Speak

A few sceptics may ask ; what’s the point in tending to a marsh, why waste precious time and resources on a piece of wasteland.  The answer lies in the couple of pictures of a well which draws water from the Yedapalli Marsh near Coonoor, and they speak for themselves. The first shows the well …