Environment

Right to Environment means the need to preserve the very existence of the life on earth necessary for humankind’s survival.  So people were sensitized on conservation of environment in the following ways:

  • Awareness generation on social forestry in 40 villages in 1993-94.
  • Distribution of 5000 saplings to SHGs supported by Department of Khadi and village Industries in 1993-94.
  • Under took a base line survey and assessment on the impact of tourism in Kanyakumari district coastal villages in collaboration with Equation, Bangalore in 2003.
  • Imparted awareness education to the general public and training to SHGs members on coastal protection in 2003.
  • Campaign on the threat to the coastal environment and indigenous culture caused by tourism promotion activities in 2004.
  • Contributed to the publication of environment hand book of Tamil Nadu published by Tamil Nadu Environment Council (TNEC) in the capacity of south zone convener of TNEC.
  • HEAL mobilized the community to promote conservation of sand dunes, as an alternative for construction of stone walls on the sea shore to prevent erosion.
  • Awareness was created among the people on the importance of sand dunes as an effective and natural barrier against sea erosion and tidal waves.
  • The coastal eco system restoration led to the augmentation of income of the people depending on the sea for their livelihood.
  • A District Level Greening Committee has been formed with the objective of promoting greenery along the coastal belt and in preventing sand mining and smuggling.
  • As a part of the sand dune restoration programme 800 Punnai, 1200 neem, 400 teak, 200 coconut saplings were distributed. Apart from this seeds of calotropics – 3.25 kg, subabul - 3.25 kg were also distributed.
  • 1400 coconut saplings and 800 casuarinas were distributed to the beneficiaries with the support of TdH, Germany.
  • Printed a book in Tamil and English on the importance of sand dune titled “Perumanal Ulagam” and “Coastal Sand Dunes”.
  • In 8 schools along the coastal belt, Eco-clubs have been formed to promote environmental education, conservation of sand dunes and to create an eco-friendly generation. In addition these eco- club members have planted Neem saplings and coconut saplings.
  • Training on Sand dune restoration was organized with the support of Green Coast. Sand dune models were displayed to make the students aware about the uses of sand dunes and its importance.