Creating an ecology park at the edge of a bustling city and campaigning for better energy efficiency these were the ideas recognised by the TN Khoshoo Memorial Award.
The award was presented to Joss Brooks,a member of Auroville in Puducherry and Girish Sant,a member of Pune-based NGO Prayas.
The Pitchandikulam Bioresource Centre,the project for which Brooks was awarded,is working to convert a wasteland to an ecological wetland.
We are talking of practical restoration of ecology. The trick is to involve the community. Any urban restoration has to be environment friendly. In Delhi,better water sheds need to be made. With community participation,the city can reach a point where zero sewage goes into the stormwater drains and the Yamuna, Brooks told Newsline.
Energy efficiency,meanwhile,has been Sants focus for long.
There are malls which are consuming 5 megawatts of power when they can easily run on 3 MW. Policy has to mandate better planning of buildings so that there is minimal waste of electricity. We should also scale up the energy efficiency campaign for appliances, he said.
The Energy and Resources Institute Director General RK Pachauri also addressed the audience.
The TN Khoshoo Memorial Award was instituted in the memory of environmentalist Dr Triloki Nath Khoshoo,also Indias first Secretary of Department of Environment.
The Khushoo Endowment Fund also plans to give environment and ecology awards to schools from this year.