Mangaluru, March 15, 2016: Increase in temperature, drought and unexpected floods has ignited the idea of global warming. People from various parts of South India gathered at Panambur beach on Sunday to alert the Mangaloreans about it. It was an overwhelming moment to see the young and the old simultaneously participating in the campaign, organized by the PG department of Mass Communication (MCMS), St Aloysius College Mangaluru. The theme “SAVE- Stop Abuse and Violence on Earth” was an initiative to create awareness on one of the biggest environmental and humanitarian crisis of the day- Global Warming.
“Monai and Mani, two carpenters from Kerala and Tamilnadu inspired us through their sand art by showcasing the significance of the Banyan which is the National Tree of India and its role in producing the maximum amount of oxygen. They came up with a theme – ‘Protect Banyan Trees: Protect Nature and Culture’, which bagged the second prize in the sand art competition. The first prize was bagged by Mahendra Acharya and team from Mahalasa School of Arts,” said Juby Thomas, the Convener of the program.
As a part of the campaign, a street play was performed by the first year MCMS students to alert the people about the effects of global warming, and the importance of saving earth from human destruction through modern methods.
Over the past 250 years, humans have been artificially causing the rise in concentration of the greenhouse gases at an alarming rate, mostly by burning fossil fuels and by cutting down carbon-absorbing forests. Since the Industrial Revolution began in about 1750, carbon dioxide levels have increased nearly by 38 percent as of 2009 and methane levels has increased by 148 percent. The slogan of “Reduce, Re -use and Recycle” echoed in the minds of the people thereby motivating them to SAVE- Stop Abuse and Violence on Earth.