"Work Party in Hunsur Town, Mysore District, Karnataka State, India
Sunday, 10 October, 2010 - 09:00 - 20:00
22nd April 2010 - World Earth Day is being celebrated in a Town with a population of about 85,800, predominated by agriculturists and businessmen dealing in Tobacco (this place is famous for high class quality tobacco production) in Hunsur Town in Rural Karnataka, in India to create awareness at grassroots level, about climate change, global warming and on how best we can take care of our earth's environment by being moderate and modest in our living standards.
One of the reasons why it has been organised is that even smokers of various kinds of tobacco are also emitting CO2/Carbon Monoxide etc., into the environment (Every minute, 100,000 persons are lighting cigarettes/Bidis on planet earth) and the smoke / CO2 / Carbon Monoxide and other deadly chemicals through the blue haze of cigarette smoke, has its own effect on earth's atmosphere. Tobacco is a soil depleting produce and one kilogram of tobacco can help in manufacturing more than 1000 cigarettes by adulterating/mixing virgin tobacco with other contents like bits and pieces of bark, leaves etc., only to fill the length of the cancer stick. What kind of effect such mixtures is a separate study in itself. But any kind of smoke is not good for the lungs of human beings.
Old habits die hard and farmers, being poor, have become gullible victims and are taking to illegal growing of tobacco in their lands that were growing staple foodgrains like paddy, ragi, millets, sugar cane, etc. Tobacco grown legally and illegally is being purchased by the Government and auctioned to get best price and to earn money for treasury and also to pay a portion of the money to the farmers. This kind of double standards being adopted by the governments world over does not augur well for the human development. This is akin to pinching the baby and singing lullaby.
The money earned by governments by levy of duties and taxes on tobacco products is not 'good money'; it is earned by killing millions of people whose services would be lost to the world had they been alive because tobacco causes cancer and has been established by medical research and investigations.
Tobacco is not a necessity and substance for living life; the worst effect is being seen by reports that even children are getting attracted by the SMOKING HABIT practiced through peer pressure, curiosity, etc., and are becoming life long slaves for such a habit.
This is because, governments are issuing licenses to grow tobacco, purchasing tobacco from farmers by paying money out of treasury funds, auctioning the procured tobacco to MNCs engaged in tobacco industry, they in turn manufacture various forms of tobacco products through processing even with drugs, make huge profits by exporting them and in an organised way spread cancer. Are Governments not making money through making available tobacco for killing purpose? On the one hand, they allocate public money for R&D on tobacco cure but on the other hand, they are making available such tobacco products in every nook and corner of the world. In some developing countries, tobacco products are available in plenty than availability of clean potable water for drinking and cooking by rural population.
Through this programme, it is proposed to create awareness in the minds of such hapless farmers and to wean them away to grow alternative crops and help mankind to get rid of tobacco from the face of the earth like polio.
Well known resource persons have been invited to the following programme to take part and make the Earth day a success with <350 as the motto:
22-4-2010: APMC Yard, Hunsur, 9 AM - Hoisting of a large Hoarding depicting a picture of hands holding the earth in its fold and protecting with flames trying to engulf the hand.
10.00 AM - Lecture session-1 AT JMFC CAMPUS, BM ROAD, HUNSUR
06.30 PM – Lecture Session-2 AT MILK DIARY CAMPUS, KALLAHALLY Village
Occasion is also being used to educate people on conservation of water and on the importance of World Water Day
Various organisations have joined hands to make the function a success - organised through SAVE OUR EARTH CLUB.
Heritage City of Mysore, KA, India