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Garbage Littered at the Site of the Bokkapuram Temple Festival

Garbage littered by the devotees and the shops at the site of the Bokkapuram temple festival is still uncleared

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Mudumalai Tiger Reserve. Source-Wikimedia Commons

Tamil Nadu, Mar 11, 2017: At the site of the 4-day Bokkapuram Temple festival organised by the Sholur panchayat in the periphery of Mudumalai Tiger Reserve (MTR), the garbage littered by the devotees and the shops is still uncleared as reported by The Hindu.

The wildlife of the area has been affected as well, elephants were seen roaming around near the temple, consuming the plastic bags and food waste according to one local.

About 150 kg of plastic waste is generated every year during this 4-day festival and about one tonne waste is cleaned every year, according to M. Kumaravelu, field officer of CPR Environmental Education Center, who used to organize clean-ups after the completion of the temple festival every year, with the help of volunteers. But as the district administration does not offer them any help, they had to stop.

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An official from the Sholur panchayat had assured that the clean up would start by Monday, and that the delay has been caused due to the unavailability of workers to carry out the clean up process.

Nagina Reddy a resident of Bokkapuram who runs a resort, thinks that the panchayat should help them out with trucks that would collect the waste and take it to a waste processing unit.

Prepared by Upama Bhattacharya. Twitter @Upama_myself

 

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Just Spending 2 Hours a Week in Nature can Work Wonders for Health, Well-Being

It's well known that getting outdoors in nature can be good for people's health

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Nature, Health, Well-Being
People who spend at least 120 minutes a week with nature are significantly more likely to report good health and higher psychological wellbeing than those who do not visit nature at all during an average week. Pixabay

If you are looking for that elusive secret to good health and wellbeing, your search may stop now as a new large-scale study has found that spending just two hours a week in the neighbourhood park may do wonders for your mind and body.

People who spend at least 120 minutes a week with nature are significantly more likely to report good health and higher psychological wellbeing than those who do not visit nature at all during an average week, said the study published in the journal Scientific Reports.

“It’s well known that getting outdoors in nature can be good for people’s health and wellbeing but until now we’ve not been able to say how much is enough,” said lead researcher Mat White of the University of Exeter Medical School in Britain.

“The majority of nature visits in this research took place within just two miles of home so even visiting local urban green spaces seems to be a good thing,” White said.

Nature, Health, Well-Being
If you are looking for that elusive secret to good health and wellbeing, your search may stop now as a new large-scale study has found that spending just two hours a week in the neighbourhood park may do wonders for your mind and body. Pixabay

However, no such benefits were found for people who visited natural settings such as town parks, woodlands, country parks and beaches for less than 120 minutes a week.

The study used data from nearly 20,000 people in England and found that it didn’t matter whether the 120 minutes was achieved in a single visit or over several shorter visits.

It also found that the 120 minute threshold applied to both men and women, to older and younger adults, across different occupational and ethnic groups, among those living in both rich and poor areas, and even among people with long term illnesses or disabilities.

“There are many reasons why spending time in nature may be good for health and wellbeing, including getting perspective on life circumstances, reducing stress, and enjoying quality time with friends and family,” said study co-author Terry Hartig of Uppsala University in Sweden.

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“The current findings offer valuable support to health practitioners in making recommendations about spending time in nature to promote basic health and wellbeing,” Hartig said. (IANS)