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Effect of war on environment, natural resources highlighted

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Explaining the catastrophic aftermath: Students at an environmental awareness programme at Thalaikundah, near Udhagamandalam, on Tuesday.

Udhagamandalam: Under the aegis of the National Green Corps (NGC) and a non- governmental organisation, the Nilgiri Environmental, Social and Cultural Trust (NEST), a programme was organised in the Panchayat Union Primary School at Thalaikundah near here on Tuesday in connection with the observation of the ‘International Day for Preventing Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflicts’.

The Managing Trustee, NEST, V. Sivadas, while adverting to the significance of the day said that the General Assembly of the United Nations had pointed out that the damages caused to the environment during wars affected seriously the eco-systems and natural resources.

Even countries which were not involved in the conflicts were seriously affected and many generations suffered for no fault of theirs.

Organising programmes to mark the day made school children aware of the catastrophic consequences of war, including pollution caused by oil and chemical leaks. Through lectures the children were told how fire crackers aggravated noise and air pollution.

Among those who spoke were the District Environment Awareness Coordinator, J. Lakshminarayanan, and the Headmistress Shobha. The NGC and NEST also organised a similar programme at the G.R.G. Higher Secondary School in Vaazhaithottam near Mudumalai on Tuesday.

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