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Susan Sharma Founder,

Screening of Films

World Wide Fund for Nature-India organized a screening of'To Corbett With Love' followed by a painting competition based on the film at India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi on 14th of April 2002.

The program began at 10.45 am. Mr. Nalin Sharma and Mr. Rajpal Singh of WWF-India welcomed the audience. Dr. Susan Sharma introduced the film explaining how the short film is the result of a 15 year old love story with Corbett National Park. The screening was followed by a painting competition for the children from the audience. They were given freedom to express their impressions about the film they had just seen. Many youngsters came out with interesting ideas and scripts to give voice to the paintings. WWF gave out prizes to best paintings in four age groups.

World Wide Fund for Nature-India is organizing a screening of 'Sarang-The Peacock' followed by a painting competition based on the film at India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi on 12th of May 2002.

Photography Exhibition-WildScapes in association with Fuji Films is organizing 'WILDSCAPES- Nature and Wildlife by Young Photographers' at the Convention Foyer of Habitat Centre on 11 and 12 May 2002. Five members of Jayant Deshpande, Saurav Ghosh, Rahul Dutta, Aditya Singh and Anantika Singh are exhibiting their photographs. This is a major event for the Delhi Chapter . All Delhi based members and all those who can make it to Delhi during that time are welcome to see the exhibition. Fuji is giving away the first prize and consolation prizes in addition to meeting part cost of the exhibition.

Trek in Asola Sanctuary

Like we did last year is a participant in the 'Cathay Wilderness Program', the annual event organized by Cathay Pacific Airways to choose winning students for an all paid African Safari. Till last year the event was limited to Mumbai. This year Cathay is selecting two students from Mumbai and two from Delhi. Letters have already gone out to 15 high schools in Delhi inviting four students each in the age group 15-18 for taking part in a trek to Asola sanctuary ( part of the ridge forest of Delhi) being organized by with the help of the Delhi Forest Department. The trek is to take place on 3rd of May. ( Delhi temperatures are now in the range of 42 degrees centigrade!! So the trek is certainly not for the faint -hearted). The participating teams from colleges will be asked to prepare a project on related topics within ten days. On 13th the presentations on these topics will be arranged at WWF-India at Lodhi Road, New Delhi. The winners will be chosen from these presentations by a team of judges. These winners will then appear for interviews with the Cathay selectors who will decide on the two lucky winners.


Here is an excerpt taken from which is thought provoking

Excerpts From Chief Seattle's Famous Speech to President Franklin Pierce
In 1854, the United States Government aggressively offered to buy 2 million acres of land occupied by native people in the Northwest. Below is a translation of excerpts from Chief Seattle's (Chief Sealth) reply to President Franklin Pierce in December of that year. His speech has been described as one of the most beautiful and prophetic statements on the environment ever made.

"The Great Chief in Washington sends word that he wishes to buy our land. The Great Chief also sends us words of friendship and good will. This is kind of him, since we know he has little need of our friendship in return. But we will consider your offer.

How can you buy or sell the sky, the warmth of the land? The idea is strange to us. If we do not own the freshness of the air and sparkle of the water, how can you buy them ?

Every part of this earth is sacred to my people. Every shining pine needle, every sandy shore, every mist in the dark woods, every clearing, and every humming insect is holy in the memory and experience of my people. The sap which courses through the trees carries the memories of the red man. So, when the Great Chief in Washington sends word that he wishes to buy our land, he asks much of us..."

"This we know: All things are connected. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth. Man did not weave the web of life; he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself. But we will consider your offer to go to the reservation you have for my people. We will live apart, and in peace...."

"If we agree, it will be to secure the reservation you have promised. There, perhaps, we may live out our brief days as we wish. When the last red man has vanished from the earth, and his memory is only the shadow of a cloud moving across the prairie, these shores and forests will still hold the spirits of my people. For they love this earth as the newborn loves its mother's heartbeat. So, if we sell our land, love it as we've loved it. Care for it as we have cared for it. Hold in your mind the memory of the land as it is when you take it. And preserve it for your children..."

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