Thursday, April 16, 2015

Medical traditions to Metamorphosis

This month in our newsletter you can see how the local traditions can be revived for the protection of the bio-diversity and social coherence. What we have presented are excerpts from our publication, published as part of 'Green Rameshwaram' and the UNICEF WaSH initiative. They are also part of the panels in the awareness creation exhibition conducted at  various places in the island of Rameshwaram. In our 'Happenings' we have Azolla workshop, workshops on indigenous Varma-Bone setting techniques, Bio-methanation plant training and awareness camps. In the ethnic medicine workshop a documentation CD of the Varma techniques was released. In Green Rameshwaram we have college students from Kanyakumari district coming and participating in the cleaning campaign. In the publication we have excerpt from Samagra Vikas which is about management of the urban waste through recycling of the organic matter. It is an excerpt from the article by Gary Gardner on recycling of organic wastes.

It is really inspiring to see college students getting down to earth and clean the traditional water bodies of Rameshwaram in the spirit of service and cleaning mission. Green Rameshwaram is now going with much interest from beyond the boundaries of the island itself. >From the installation of bio-methanation plants to produce both energy efficiency as well as solid waste management to the awareness camps and green health camps to the cleaning mission, the island is now slowly but surely waking up to the idea of clean India.

In the wisdom section we have biologist and educationist Lewis Thomas talk about the living planet. Claude Alvares the famous eco-activist from Goa talks about how living traditions are important for a sustainable living. Science writer Shawn Radclif speaks takes one from the reality of biological metamorphosis to the spiritual: … While dissecting a caterpillar, a 17th century Dutch biologist discovered that early versions of the future butterfly—such as the wings, antennae, and legs—already exist in the caterpillar’s body before the formation of the chrysalis. …So caterpillars already carry parts of their future selves inside, and the potential for transformation exists even before it is visible from the outside. Isn’t that amazing?!

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