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[Chennai Trekking Club] Fwd: Trek Polamaa 2016 - Feb 20-21 - Speaker Profiles

5th speaker for this years Trek Polamaa. Register here to get inspired!


While Tamilnadu Forest Department continues to lend its unwavering support to the afforestation and conservation efforts by CTC, Dr Irulandi, IFS, in particular stands out as one of the most environmentally-conscious public officials. He is the Ad. Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Forestry Extension), and a firm proponent of social forestry, which espouses roping in local communities to plant and manage trees on barren lands. Dr Irulandi's association with CTC Ainthinai, the sapling plantation initiative by the group, has continued to grow stronger each passing year. He lends his support at every sapling plantation and maintenance drive. He not only encourages but also actively participates and supports the conservation efforts by the group. The ever-reducing tree cover in the cities is an issue close to his heart, as is the need for public engagement to fight deforestation.


Dr. Irulandi will talk about the Role of Social Forestry in Environmental Amelioration
Peter

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Introducing our 4th speaker.



Orissa Balasubramani (wikipedia) is a Tamil writer, an engineer and a maritime researcher. He moved to Orissa in 1989, and has been involved in studying the history of the two regions since then. A graduate in Physics, he is also the director of an energy firm. One of his major research projects is identifying the turtle corridor on the southeast Indian coast of the Indo-Pacific region, through interdisciplinary ocean studies and ancient seafaring routes. Another major interest of his is marine transgression and regression on Tamil Nadu Coast, and how it has affected history, society and livelihoods. He also runs the Integrated Ocean Culture Research Foundation.



The topic of his presentation is 'Human migration on turtle corridor'. In his presentation, he will be talking about the evidence of early seafarers identifying and taking the help of the routes taken by sea turtles for navigation. 



TP7 Profiles Prepared by CTC's Content Writing Wing:

 Kavya Sharma is an Editor at Oxford University Press India. Originally from Delhi, she moved to Chennai in 2014. Her interests include books, travel, nature, pop culture and non-profit initiatives.

Peter

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Introducing our 3rd speaker of Trek Polamaa 2016 (registrations open):


Abhjeet Barse is the CEO of the Slum Soccer, one of the projects run by the Nagpur-based NGO Krida Vikas Sanstha. Slum Soccer brings about a change in the lives of street dwellers by using the game of football. Apart from football coaching camps, Slum Soccer also helps organize educational and healthcare workshops, and societal development programs for street-dwelling communities. Since its inception in 2001, the organisation has managed to reach the lives of nearly 70,000 men, women and children in over 63 districts all around the country. Under Barse's able guidance, several of Slum Soccer alumni have gone on to represent the country in Homeless World Cup


The topic of his presentation is "Kick for Change". In his presentation, Abhijeet Barse will talk about the use of football as a tool to steer underprivileged children towards a better future with choices and possibilities. He will also talk about how Slum Soccer uses football to educate communities about issues such as social inclusion and gender concerns.

Peter.

On Tue, Feb 2, 2016 at 12:23 PM, Peter Van Geit <peter.vangeit@gmail.com> wrote:
Introducing our 2nd speaker for this years' TP 2016:



Sujan Bernard is a herpetologist, an environmentalist and a wildlife enthusiast. Based in Bangalore, he is actively involved in rescue and rehabilitation of snakes. Over the years, he has volunteered with the Bannerghatta Wildlife Rescue Centre (BWRC), worked as a research assistant for the king cobra breeding biology project with Agumbe Rain Forest Research Station (ARRS) and as an education Officer with the Madras Crocodile Bank Trust (MCBT) and TREE Foundation. He is a familiar face among the Chennaiites, having given talks and snake walks for CTC in the past. Currently he is a freelance environmental educationist, working closely with Kālinga Centre for Rainforest Ecology, and a corporate trainer.


Sujan will give a talk & presentation on "Snake Species in South India. Identification, habitat and behavior" breaking some of the common myths around these wonderful animals which are an important part of the ecosystem.

Peter

On Mon, Feb 1, 2016 at 4:44 PM, Peter Van Geit <peter.vangeit@gmail.com> wrote:
In this series we will be introducing the inspirational speakers who will come down to Chennai on the occasion of TP 2016 for CTC's 8th birthday. Registrations for this event will be opened shortly.

First speaker profile below is Nagaraj Harsha.



Nagaraj Harsha is a 25‐year old triathlete and an Ironman based in Bangalore. He has completed multiple national and international triathlons, and is also one of the winners of Javadhu Ultra (2014) organized by CTC. From an out‐of‐shape non‐athlete in 2011 to a four-time Ironman finisher, Harsha's journey is an inspirational tale come true. Ironman triathlons are a series of long‐distance races featuring swimming, cycling and running in tough conditions. Harsha began training for one of the triathlons as a way to distract himself from personal difficulties but soon discovered a whole new way of life, and in the process, his passion for endurance sports. Currently he works full‐time with Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt. Ltd. in Bangalore while training for the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii.

Nagaraj will be talking about "Tri Journey - Planning, Training and Racing."
 
He will talk about how to plan for triathlons, what it requires to do the triathlons, helping people understand about trainng and how to execute the race.


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