Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Solargeneration strikes again at St. Joseph's....

This time with a bigger bang. A 3 day event was organised from the 19th to the 21st of February as part of the Totem's tour. The Totem of Resistance which stands for untiting the youth in the fight against Climate Change, made a stop at St. Joseph's College before it continued its journey around the country and the rest of the world.A formal inauguration of the Totem marked the beginning of the 3 day event, with Maitree Dasgupta (Solargeneration Co-ordinator) and Mr. Ebeneezer Wilson (H.O.D., Department of Environmental Science) as the Chief Guests. Our members spoke to an audience of students and teachers about Solargen and its activities. An appeal was made to the students to join us in this movement. The inauguration concluded with a few words from Mr. Wilson.Games, organised to spread the message 'Climate Change is real. Its here and each one of us is involved', attracted both students and teachers. Speaking to each of them during the games helped us realise that their take on Climate Change was "just something happening to somebody else and someone will eventually take care of it", despite the fact that Climat Change is real and the effects have already begun to appear. Their interest in learning about Climate Change and what role they could play to stop it was a battle half won.The second and third days concluded with the screening of documentaries. On the second day, 'An Inconvenient Truth" by Al Gore was screened, while on the third day, 'Changes in Climate, Changes in Lives', a Greenpeace Brazil documentary was shown. These documentaries evoked the feeling of urgency to take action.

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